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Wellington on a nice day

“There is no place to beat Wellington on a fine day”, so the saying goes, and I must reluctantly agree. When the sun is shining and the air is still, its a beautiful place. Everywhere is within walking distance, the choice of restaurants and cafe's are pretty good. Terri often works in Wellie, so I shared her hotel room for a couple of nights. The locals are friendly and helpful especially when you are lost without a tourist map.

Wellington Harbour
Landing at Wellington
Wellington Suburb

Into the Harbour

Wandering along the harbour, hordes of school children turned up, apparently it was a half day holiday and a lot promptly got down to their swimming togs and jumped in.

That waters cold
See, it is cold

Te Papa

Te Papa is a ideal escape if and when the weather turns nasty. To browse most of the museum takes 3 or 4 hours, so not large by UK standards but very NZ and a bit quirky.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum of New Zealand, and is of course located in Wellington. It is branded and commonly known as Te Papa and Our Place; “Te Papa Tongarewa” is broadly translatable as “the place of treasures of this land”.

The main Te Papa building is on the waterfront in Wellington, on Cable Street. Inside the building are six storeys of exhibitions, cafés and gift shops dedicated to New Zealand's culture and environment. The museum also incorporates outdoor areas with artificial caves, native bushes and wetlands. A second building on Tory Street is a scientific research facility and storage area, and is not open to the public.

  Te Papa

Waitangi Treaty
The Britton Motorcycle

Must Does

  • 1. Visit the dynamic and interactive National Museum of NZ - Te Papa on the waterfront.
  • 2. Get your city bearings and some of Wellington’s best views at the Mount Victoria Lookout.
  • 3. Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car to the Botanic Garden.
  • 4. A city tour is the best way to get acquainted quickly with Wellington. Enjoy the experience with one of many local companies offering Wellington sights’ tours.
  • 5. Four Wellington restaurants have won NZ’s Best Restaurant in the last five years. It’s safe to say you’ll be eating very well while in Wellington!
  • 6. Hear the birdsong and spot a tuatara as you walk through ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience.
  • 7. Get an inside peek into Wellywood at The Weta Cave in Miramar.
  • 8. Go stargazing and check out the amazing planetarium show at Carter Observatory.
  • 9. Seeking hidden treasures? Many of Wellington’s best night spots are tucked away for your finding, such as Motel, Library or Duke Carvell’s Swan Lane Emporium.
  • 10. Head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia, boutique shopping and some of the best coffee in town.

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