James Cook Hotel Grand
Travel Blogs from Wellington
Today we depart the South Island of New Zealand, and travel by a ferry boat to the North Island with our eventual destination of Wellington.
We arrive in the queue aboard our coach to begin the three hour journey to Wellington via the Cook Strait. There are a lot of cars and campers lined up to load onto the boat. Our bus was the last to …
Drive down to Wellington. Wandered around the city a bit and had ploughmans lunch at a pub, Gill had small bottle of fizzy again, I had summer ale. Went to the Te Papa museum and saw a Monet exhibition. Dinner at a strange vegetarian restaurant on Cuba Street. Gill had sweetcorn soup with bits of pretend chicken in (looked like real chicken to me). Gill fizzy wine total : 7
A full day of wine tasting and LOTR film sites today. Saw the quarry where Helms Deep and Minas Tirith were filmed. Then onto Rivendell, no elves but some ducks and eels instead and a nice rope bridge over the river. Then up a steep road over a mountain to Martinborough. Tasted some good wines at Martinborough winery, Schubert, and Ata Rangi, …
Mom and I were told by the motel manager and his wife in Palmerston North that we'd feel right at home in Wellington as it's described as "just like San Francisco." No kidding. It really is. It feels like San Francisco and looks like San Francisco. It also has the same "tenor" as San Francisco--fast pace and impatient drivers. Still, once we got a …
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Lanie. As I sat on the ledge of the monument watching the mayhem
unfold before me, I was surrounded by young street kids. They told be in
broken English that one of the kids was injured. Around the corner came
this little boy, 3 years old, so tiny, which was further exacerbated by the
fact he was wearing an oversize black t-shirt which hung like a dress over him,
with a big knot in the material on the side of ...
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