These two story timber villas were built in the early 1900s. Facing the Pacific Ocean on Marine Parade. When I first drove past I thought there would be no way to get a “clean” photograph of all six of them. By clean, I mean without parked cars and people distracting from the buildings. Even still they are a difficult subject to photograph due to the busy road right in front of them. This ended up being taken on a quiet Monday evening. Even still there’s a few distractions in this photograph. Like the wheelie bins and the bright blue parking meters. The panoramic was created by combining three images in Lightroom. The blue house on the end was for sale at the time for offers over 1 million NZD. Almost all of the six sisters now home businesses of some sort on their ground flours. The Six sisters Coffee House always seemed very popular when driving past. Next time I’m in Napier I’ll have to try their coffee.
The best view of central Napier is from Clyde Road. This is a very small and residential street. I would not recommend driving up to this part of Bluff Hill. It’s a short but steep walk up the hill from the city. From here we get a fantastic view of some of the iconic Art Deco architecture of Napier. In the foreground is The Country Hotel on Browning Street. A couple of blocks back is The Dome on the corner of Emerson Street and Marine Parade. This spot also shows how flat the city is. Perfect for walking or cycling along the waterfront. It also gives a lovely view south out into the Hawke Bay. This was taken on a clear evening so we can see all the way to Cape Kidnappers peninsula, about 15 kilometres south.
This is the HYBYCOZO and Vesica Aotearoa Sunscope installation on Marine Parade in Napier. Photographed here at dusk with the camera as low as possible. HYBYCOZO stands for Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone. They’re a collaborative public art and design studio with installations around the world. This Sunscape is about three metres across and approximately 6cm thick. In this evening light it looks brown but it is in fact gold-coated. The way this is placed by the beach the sun rises up behind the sculpture. I’ve seen some great sunrise photographs with the sun in the middle of the Sunscape. Next time I’m in Napier I’ll have to get up early one morning for a sunrise shot.
Whenever visiting a city I’m on the look out for lookouts. The city of Napier has Bluff Hill Lookout. This spot doesn’t have a view of the central city to the south. Looking north over Breakwater Road gives this great view down into the Port of Napier. In the foreground the purple flowers are agapanthus. They’re a pretty flower but here in New Zealand they are an invasive weed that has become a threat to native plants. Napier Port is the second largest export port in New Zealand. Exporting a lot of apples, pears stone fruit and wine grown in the Hawke Bay area. As you can see there is also a huge amount of wood that leaves the country from this port.