The coolest little capital on the planet!!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2015

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Flag of New Zealand  , Wellington,
Thursday, March 14, 2013

We left the national park bright and early and made our way towards new Zealand's capital - Wellington, voted the coolest little capital on the planet.
We stopped in a few tiny towns on route, one famous for carrots and it has a big 10ft statue of a carrot, another famous for a type of dog - it has a statue of a dog, a town called bulls- the town has definitely embraced the name as everything has a tag line beneath it- the police station - consta-bull, the public toilets -relievea-bull, the doctors - cura-bull etc etc! The best stop though a place called taihape pronounced - tai happy! Famous for gum boot throwing - it even had its own lane for anyone to stop and have a go. The technique is definitely harder than it looks with people launching the wellingtons in all directions. Tai was very happy (sorry!!) though when he managed to throw his straight ahead coming 2nd overall!
Wellington was full and we split from our group when we got there as the main hostel was full. Unfortunately we ended up in somewhere that could probably be featured on hostels from hell- if there was such a show! We checked into our 6 bed dorm where the beds were so close together it was like it was one big three person bed on the bottom and the same on top, we soon also realised there was no female bathroom and instead only a male bathroom on our floor instead you have to go either up or down a level where in a room at one end of a corridor is a washing machine, tumble dryer and a shower - stereotyping maybe!
We headed straight out and explored the city, tried to sort out a slight bank card issue to no avail and generally wondered around aimlessly. We cooked dinner and decided to head to a pub quiz wed seen advertised, after the first round we realised it was probably a bad idea as everything was based around new Zealand history, geography, sports teams etc. By round 4 we were dead last by a long way and decided to sneak out the back to save any more embarrassment!
We headed over to meet some people from our bus for a drink and then went off by ourselves in search of some night life, we failed to find anywhere that was really our scene and settled for an Irish bar with a band, picking a table next to a very very drunk group which stumbled out soon after we arrived!
That night we were woken up by a guy banging on the room door really violently until someone let him in, he then got into our big communal beds and swore really loudly until he fell asleep!
We swapped rooms first thing the next day! The following day I went to another recruitment agency and then we headed off to the wellington basin reserve where England just so happened to be playing new Zealand in the cricket, we got tickets and found ourself a space on the hill where we settled in for the morning, unfortunately finding ourselves next to a lady who kept ear wigging into our conversations, answering questions about the game that I would ask tai! We moved pretty quickly finding a better spot and that's where we stayed slowly becoming more and more surrounded by empty beer bottles, and I even learned a thing or 2 about cricket!
The score at the end of that day was 465 runs to England and new Zealand had much much less! There was still 3 days left though. We headed back to our hostel- which is also extremely dirty and made dinner, we noticed that no one else cooks here instead only eating either sandwiches or noodles! Not wanting to spend much time inside the hostel we headed out to the cinema where we watched a film called I give it a year which was amazing!
The next day we headed out early and made our way to the waterfront where there was a big dragon boat race happening, there was markets, food stalls, kids rides and loads of other things going on, it was probably the 1st place we'd been since arriving here that was actually busy!
We watched the races for a while but didn't really understand what was happening and so visited the new Zealand national museum instead. It was an awesome museum with loads of interactive exhibitions and films about the country. Our favourite part though was a section they had on refugees where they celebrated not only the multiculturalness of new Zealand but also how they have helped change so many people's lives by giving them refuge here- it was a really beautiful exhibition.
We stayed for a few hours and then headed back to the hovel to cook food. Again we left pretty quickly and wandered back to the waterfront where they had a south east Asian night market, we found a space in front of one of the stages and watched some traditional dances from countries from all across Asia, there was about 5 little kids on front of us that went crazy when the Bollywood dancing started, they knew all the moves! Unfortunately the next 2 days rained and were cold and grey, we visited the art gallery and wandered around the vintage stores on Cuba street- we also went to see the hobbit in the cinema where it world premiered and sat in the seats of Larry sharpe and Lloyd berry, no idea who they are but im sure they are super famous here!
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