Napier for the weekend? Why not. It's around 4 hours drive from Tauranga. We left after work on a Friday and spent the first night in Taupo. It was freezing cold in the morning with a bitter southerly wind ripping across the lake. Still, that's just an excuse for a hot cooked breakfast and coffee. On the way through to Napier we came across the Waipunga Falls, they're pretty neat. Once in Napier we visited the National Aquarium - it's ok, a bit over priced I thought! The best part of the day was visiting the Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo. It's a petting zoo where you can feed the animals. There's quire a variety of creatures there! Birds with large beaks aren't delicate eaters. To finish off the day we drove up to Te Mata Peak, the views from there are nice!