|On Monday we caught the morning ferry across the Cook Strait to the North Island. The sea was extremely choppy and the boat really got tossed around for almost the entire three hour journey.
We arrived just about in one piece and found a hotel near Cuba Street, which is the centre of Wellington's nightlife and cafe culture. We went to the local Irish pub for come really decent pub grub and a couple of drinks before the ferry crossing took its toll and we went to bed early!
We spent Tuesday exploring the city. Although it's the capital, Auckland is the biggest city by far and so Wellington seemed almost like a big town instead of a city. We went to the old cathedral which was beautiful and walked around the Archives which were fascinating as they had the original Treaty of Waitangi, the document all the Maori chiefs signed to give their land to the Crown. We also visited Te Papa, the National Museum which was huge and very interesting.
After a hard day's walking around we headed to the Wellington Brewery where we sampled the local brews and wines. We found a great little Indian/Malaysian cafe for dinner and then returned to the Irish pub for a nightcap or three.
It was good to be back in a big place with lots of things to see and pubs to try after a couple of weeks of small towns. The North Island has a much higher population than the south so it should be more urban from now on.