Sunday, 24 November 1996

Shocks and surprises

Small earth tremor about 09:00. Head out for Napier, via the Manawatu gorge. East of the gorge, the flatter terain is already turning brown as spring fades into early summer. We stopped to ramble in the rose garden at Frimley Park in Hastings, to the accompaniment of a Dixie band performing as part of a wine promotion. Overnight at Telegraph Hill villa on the Te Mata road out of Havelock North - accomodation for two couples with its own private helipad and tennis court, and views over the whole Hawke's Bay area, though not quite as panoramic as from the top of the Te Mata peak overlooking it.

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