Windy Welly

Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Once again I was back in the North Island. It felt like hardly any time had passed since I left. And truth be told, I was rather sad to be back, as it meant my time in New Zealand was coming to an end. I decided to stay in Wellington for 3 nights, as I hadn't stayed longer when we had passed through before. Wellington is New Zealand's capital city, although it's a lot smaller than Auckland! It's affectioantely known as Windy Welly, and it didn't disappoint. It was raining wigth strong winds when I was there. Pathetic fallacy perhaps? But it's a really nice city, being quite arty and quirky. It has tons of nice little shops and cafes too. 

 I decided to stay in a smaller hostel, which Lonely Planet recommended, which was quite far away and up a steep hill. So I had to lug all my bags up there, almost spraining my ankle on the way. When I finally got there, the reception staff were really rude, and simply handed me my key and continued their conversation. So I had trapse round the hostel, trying to find my room (which didn't have a room number on it). Once I found it and dumped my bags, I had a look round. I wish I hadn't! The hostel was an old house, but was really dark and dingy. They had music pumping out loudly through the whole hostel. My room was tiny, with 2 bunk beds squeezed in. The bathroom was flooded, with stained towels thrown on the floor and hair covering every inch of the shower. And to top it all off there was no toilet roll the entire time I was there. The kitchen was dirty and messy, with flies everywhere too. It was just horrible. I went out to meet a friend for dinner that night, so didn't have to spend much time there, but the next morning I packed up, paid for my one night and left! I moved to the hostel where the bus was leaving from in a couple of days, and it was so much nicer. My room mates were also Stray passengers (but travelling the opposite way to me), and we even got free dinner there. Much better. 

 I spent my time in Wellington checking out the national museum, Te Papa, which was fantastic. So much to see, I spent hours there. Then in the evening I went with a couple of friends to see a comedy show. The were an improvisation group, and the show was called 'History Never Repeats' (like improv). They got the audience to come up with points in history, and they improvised scenes around them. It was hilarious, and a really good night out. Then the next day it was horrible weather. I had booked to go on a Lord of the Rings location tour, but I waited in the rain to be picked up, and no one came. The information office had no idea what was going on, so just refunded me, so that was a big disappointment and a day wasted. That evening I went to the cinema and saw the Hunger Games, which I loved. But that was pretty much it for my time in Wellington. Just chilled and tried to stay out of the rain!

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