James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
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... trying to get an early bite on their hooks. As we rounded the harbour, we found ourselves strolling inland to the main shopping and business district of Lambton Quay. Unlike London, we were surprised to see that no one was rushing around here. Everyone was strolling along at leisure, probably enjoying the blissful sunshine, just like us!
We then took Wellington’s famous funicular cable car from Lambton Quay to ...
... can see kiwi foraging and glow worms.
We we walked back to the cable car station and back to the hotel. The day is overcast and cooler than it has been lately at home. There were spits of rain as we got back to the hotel.
We had dinner at a Malasian restaurant around the corner. The fire alarm went off just after we'd finished our entree. Better to evacuate a restaurant at 7pm than the hotel room at 2am.
Day 82 - Wed. 18th. Feb.
A relaxing breakfast and time to walk around the shore before boarding the boat for the 3 hr. crossing, cruising through Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Straight to Wellington. It's not so far as the crow flies but you have to make a long lazy 'Z' route. Picturesque, but not as high or dramatic as Milford.
Arrived in Wellington and we were ...
... right in the middle of Wellington so with instructions as to where the vernacular railway (called cable Car in NZ speak) was we headed out to explore. It is a city and the capital of NZ so a lot busier than we have been used to lots of shops still the same style as all over the country but more of them. The building are getting higher as new ones are built so feels a bit claustrophobic after all the open space in South Island. We found the station ...
... say we "felt" Christmas. Last night was Christmas Eve and we joined others around a piano bar with folks from all over the world and sang Christmas carols. It was amazing to realize how universal carols are -- the tune the same, it's only the words that change. Soon, it was as if we were all one big family belting out Christmas songs, some goofy, others heart-felt. The mood was festive and fun. Afterwards ...