A few days in windy Wellington!

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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Friday, October 28, 2011

After relaxing on Waiheke we decided to ruin all that relaxation by taking the night bus from Auckland to Wellington. I can't quite believe we chose a night bus, especially considering we’re back to UK style buses but we couldn’t say no when we found out the price, back to S. American prices, 1 per hour – pretty good value!  We did especially like that our driver wore shorts and white socks pulled up to just below his knees like a school boy.  And so after a tour of supermarkets of the North Island (all the bus stops appeared to be at supermarkets), we arrived in Wellington – the windy city.  We stayed in an old hotel called Downtown Backpackers, which had good hostel facilities but did lack a bit of atmosphere due to it being big and a bit old – good to stay but as we’re now looking for somewhere to work, it wasn’t quite what we were looking for, especially when a school group of at least 30 arrived on our last night. In Wellington, the sun was shining which was apparently unusual but we really liked the city and spent our time wandering around its streets and the waterfront.  We visited the government buildings, as Wellington is the capital of New Zealand – who knew, they were built in the 70s and I think pretty hideous – I’m not a great fan of concrete buildings built in the 70s in general.  One building is called the birdcage and looks like a concrete version of a circular birdcage.  

 Our Sunday was spent at the farmers market – along with what looked like most of Wellington, fresh fruit and veg is sold at least half the cost of the supermarkets and for the rest of the day you see people wandering around with their week’s supply of vegetables.  We then took the cable car up to the top of the hill that overlooks Wellington – here there is a great view over Wellington but also Botanic Gardens and a start of a track that runs back to the city (we didn’t know this before we bought our return ticket). So after a walk around and once we had been stopped, interviewed and photographed holding a piece of card stating our favourite food (I went for garlic prawns under pressure, Jonny went for a filet steak – it really is a difficult question).  I’m hoping it was a student project but the guy did promise he would email about the website he was starting so who knows what will become of our windblown photos – I doubt they’ll be front page. We then went down to the waterfront and had a drink outside in the sun and watched the world go by – could easily stop in Wellington for a while

 Monday we finally made ourselves go to the Te Papa museum, we had heard it was really good but big and so had been gearing ourselves up for a big museum day.  Turns out that it was much easier than imagined as it is a very good museum, this might have been helped by the fact that we went to the animals and marine section first and who could not be interested by whale skeletons and the only preserved giant squid – which was pretty disgusting, definitely do not want to meet one of those in the sea.  The rest of the museum was on the geographical formation of New Zealand, Maori culture and the links with the UK – beginning to feel pretty bad being British as turns out we have let New Zealand down quite a few times while they were pretty devoted to Britain.  A very interesting museum, let down a little on detail on the Maori section – still don’t know the basics, where did they come from, when and how many?? But then again, I don’t think the experts can’t agree on this and so they skipped it out or maybe it’s common knowledge and we should already know!

With that we decided to move on from Wellington and onto South Island.
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