TRAVELSCRIBBLES is a blog featuring travel reports, advice, and idea sharing for those interested in both domestic and international exploration.

Roger Sauer and his wife Donna have spent years traveling the world but have many places yet to see. You can follow their past and current travels here as well as post comments and questions about places they have visited.

Roger and Donna travelled to New Zealand and Australia in September, 2013. They will be in Paris in September 2015 with a train trip to Nice and Barcelona. They will then be aboard the Disney Magic (again) for a transatlantic cruise to Miami. Follow their travels on Twitter @rsauer3473.

Donna and Roger own Disney Vacation Club memberships at Old Key West and Beach Cub resorts in Walt Disney World. They also have other timeshare interests in Maui, Cancun, Orlando, and Palm Springs.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

September 27-28 Rotorua to Napier

September 27, 2013: ROTORUA


On this day we drove into the city and walked around the lakefront. Later we sat by the pool of the hotel and soaked up some sun. Had lunch at Carl's after touring a big shopping area called Farmers.



September 28, 2013: ROTORUA TO NAPIER


Got up early to drive into Taupo before driving to Napier. As it was a Saturday many people were walking around the town. We stopped in a few stores. Donna bought a pair of fingerless gloves that were lost within two days. We also bought a book for Caidin's birthday. The drive to Napier took us through very curvy roads and deep valleys. Some bridges crossed deep chasms and the geography was very interesting. Again, sheep covered any grassy areas.


The Esk Valley Lodge sits at the base of a large hill. Out front are expansive vineyards that were young and just starting to bud out in this early Spring. Our hosts for two nights at this bed and breakfast were Jess and Eilene Roddy, originally from England. Their farm has sheep, pigs, chickens, and other creatures. The vineyards are leased out to others. The house where the rooms are rented out is large with great hedges and flowering trees extending in front toward the vineyard. We were in the Reisling room which included twin beds, a tv, large bathroom, and great wifi. Our bedroom looked out toward a barn and grapefruit and orange trees.


After getting situated, we drove in to the town of Napier known for its Art Deco buildings.  We stopped for lunch and drove back to the B and B were we napped. At about 5 PM, we were served wine and snacks and had an opportunity to talk with our hosts. Later we were joined by other guests, a young couple from Newfoundland now working in New Zealand.

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