After one night in rainy, rainy Wellington, we hightailed it over to the east coast. Hawke’s Bay, and especially Napier, seemed like a really cool area. But it was really hard to tell. It rained the entire, and I mean entire, two days we were there. The rain makes for great waterfalls, but ruined any opportunities for us to check out Napier’s Art Deco architecture. In 1931, Napier was leveled by an earthquake. The city used the opportunity to build itself back up in the in vogue style at the time. Good thing our real reason to go to Napier was to meet up with our German friends Rod and Lizzy, who were at the tail end of their three month campervan journey around New Zealand. Also even better thing we left when we did; Hawke’s Bay experienced severe flooding shortly after we left. Mother Nature just keeps kicking New Zealand while it’s down.