Family outing is very important to us, due to our busy schedules and May-N (our eldest daughter) working in London; do not make it any easier to have a short quality time together.
Last week end, since she is back in Wellington for a short break; we head for Napier to spend our week end together. The last time our family were holidaying together was in April last year, we had a great time in London, Rome and Paris :)
This time round our trip is much shorter and a lot nearer ;)
According to Wikipedia...
Napier (called Ahuriri in the Māori language) is a New Zealand city with a seaport, located in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island. The population of Napier is about 58,600 as of the June 2010 estimate.
Napier is about 320 kilometres northeast of the capital city of Wellington.
I estimated a leisure 5 hour drive (including lunch stop) over the Rimutaka Range will get us there.