Wellington, the home of 'Our Place' :P

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 12, 2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Wellington... The capital... The big cheese...

Out time in Wellington was mostly spent on indoor activities as the weather turned quite rainy on us.

The first day we did brave going outside however to check out the various weird sculptures that seemed to be scattered everywhere. We probably didn't see even 10% of them, but we did stumble upon the wonderful WETA Tripod.
This very alien-looking sculpture is located in Courtney Place and was put there by the WETA workshop (which you no doubt know of from their work on the Lord of the Rings movies :P) in 2005. It is just across the street of the Embassy Theatre where world premiere of the last movie took place.

After some cultural experiences (the sculptures), we went for the natural experience by going up the hill to the botanical garden. We of course didn't actually WALK up the hill (don't be crazy!), we took the very convenient cable car.
The gardens themselves weren't hugely impressive, but that might well have been because of the weather and the fact that we were there in autumn. So we went back down again and headed for Te Papa.

Te Papa comes highly recommended by just about anything and anyone talking about tourist-activities in Wellington. The list of suggested activities hanging on the wall at our hostel in Wellington even listed it twice because "It really is THAT good".
And after having been there we have to agree :) (Well, not really about the 'going there twice'-bit, but it should definitely be visited if you are in town.

Te Papa, meaning Our Place in Maori, is a museum that covers everything New Zealand (the name makes sense, doesn't it :P). The six floors cover everything from natural history (how the land formed in pre-historic time), to the settling of New Zealand by Europeans and the consequent cultural development of the nation. All laid out in a logical progression as you go up from one floor to the next.

We can highly recommend spending a (rainy) afternoon there travelling through New Zealand's history.

As a nice closer to our time in Wellington we stopped by the Mac's Brewery Bar just across from the museum, as Trude had heard something about them having a good selection of New Zealand beers. Luckily they had a sampler menu that gave her the oportunity of trying almost the entire Mac's range of beers without getting too drunk ;).

The rest of our free time in Wellington was spent hiding from the rain and catching up on our blog-entries for you all to enjoy :D
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bluejeans on

Mac's Brewery
Don't forget to remind me to pack up Trude's Leigh Sawmill Brewery Glasses and send them !!

alles80 on

Yep, those Mac beers taste great...too bad we didn't visit the brewery when we were in Wellington.
Again great stories, great pics...great country.
Suppose you will be heading for the south island now? Enjoy mother nature's backyard!


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