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Practice Blog - Hawkes Bay Trip Day 4

Te Mata Peak - Day 3 of the Test - And celebrity dinner

sunny 23 °C

A busy Easter Monday started with a drive down the road to Te Mata Peak to catch a sunrise. Ended up a bit cloudy but still some interesting photos


Te Mata Peak is a favourite of Paragliders but at 7 AM we were joined only by a few tourists a couple of runners ( one 50 something maori guy running in workboots was a surprise !) and a group of teenagers who turned out to be American Mormon Missionaries


Stopped in Havelock North for a great cooked breakfast and then back to join the Taits - marvel at Taities amazing supermarket carpark skills and off to the cricket which was going downhill a bit !!

McLean Park the venue is pretty packed all test because of the number of English supporters (adding great atmosphere may I say) and because they are staying nearby and arriving in coaches and plenty of accomodation can be found in walking distance we were able to find free parking within 2 minutes walk of the ground and this added to a 15 minute drive on the Napier Hastings Expressway means it was by far the most convenient ground I have ever visited for a test. We even got over the limit of buying only two beers at a time pretty quickly.

After the Test we went to a $100 a head dinner at the Hastings RSA - MC Ian Smith - speakers John (Shake) Wright former NZ cricketer and Indian Cricket Coach and David (Bumble) Lloyd - ex England Cricket Coach - We tried to recoup the cost by drinking as much as possible but I still remember some of Bumble's great stories (a lot featuring Darren Gough the fat boy from Barnsley). Walked back to the hotel probably twice the distance we needed to !!

Posted by Midworlder 14:43 Archived in New Zealand Tagged events

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