Havelock to Wellington

Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 18, 2013

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Where I stayed
Wellington Downtown Motorhome Park
What I did
Wellington Botanic Gardens

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Left Havelock, got the CV gassed up, and took the scenic road along Pelorus Sound to Picton. The drive was kind of like driving Highway 101 along Hood Canal, only believe it or not, a LOT more winding.  And it wasn't as populated.  We arrived in Picton and changed our ferry time to Wellington to get away sooner.  Stopped in at the corner "secondhand" shop for you know who.  Got our iced coffee for the 3 hour ferry ride to the north island of NZ.  This ferry is a ship, bigger than our ferries for sure.  Reminded us of the ferry we took from Hamburg, Germany to Copenhagen, but without the train on board.  We cruised for about an hour thru a fiord like section of Marlborough Sound before reaching Cook Strait, between the South and North Islands of NZ.  There must be 50 campervans on this ferry.

We talked with the I-site guy on the ferry and decided to spend the night in Wellington instead of driving north.  He gave us some good ideas on what to see as we head north into the volcanic thermal region of NZ.  In a couple of days we’ll be in Lake Taupo, which is in a volcano, and until the 1800’s was a mountain.  But then it blew up and as the guy said, the sky in Rome and in China turned red.  It is considered a “super” volcano like the Yellowstone area is.

We found our way to the Downtown Motorhome “park”.  It’ s a converted parking lot on the wharf between downtown Wellington and the ferry terminal.  We parked right along side a busy 6 lane thoroughfare.  The bath and shower facilities were pre-fab containers with multiple rooms.  Not sure if there was a laundry.  No landscaping whatsoever, but it was easy walking into the core of the downtown. 

We walked up the hill thru a memorial cemetery that had been divided by a freeway.  The gravemarkers were dated from the 1850’s to the early 1900’s.  These people were original settler’s of Wellington, or their children.  We then walked thru the Botanic Gardens and came across a wedding in the rose garden, a cricket match being played, and a play going on.  We walked to the top of the hill where they have an observatory and rode the cable car (funicular) to the bottom for $3.50 each.  Found our way to Cuba Street to Scopa for dinner.  Cuba St. is the busy nightspot.  It’s a pedestrian street so no cars. 

Found our way back to our CV and installed earplugs before hitting the rack.  To digress, I had a bit of an issue in Yosemite one time where an earplug I was using got stuck in my ear.  Had to go to the camp infirmary at about 2 am.  After that, Frank Read gave me earplugs on a string so they wouldn’t get stuck again.  Thanks Frank!  They came in handy tonight.
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Carole Anastasi on

Stu your doing an awesome job with the descriptive writing. I look so forward to all the postings.

Janine on

Everything beautiful and fun . except the Wellington campervan park... uugghhh...

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