MacsMLCTour2005-2006 travel blog

Wellington City - The Capital of New Zealand

Tired Tammy in Windy Wellington

Wellington Cable Car

The Lonely Planet guide book suggests the Cable Car is a "must do" attraction. Well - the view of Wellington from the top of the hill wasn't too bad. I guess we were just too early (9am) for the cafe to be open as well as the Cable Car Museum! Michael wasn't up for a walk in the Botanical Gardens so we weren't up there for very long. We did get to watch someone practise their frizbee throwing in the park below ... he had about 8 in his bag and threw them from one end to the other ... and back again!

The Cable Car is pretty old and was opened in 1902 running on steam until electricity replaced it in 1933. In 1978 the whole system was updated with a new Swiss design and its still running today.

It has been a while since we've seen high rise buildings and 'suits' pounding the pavements and you could feel the hustle and bustle of city life. (Time to get out of town I think!) Otherwise Wellington is a picturesque thriving city with a boisterous entertainment scene including the arts. The most recent claim to fame was hosting the two world premiers of Lord of the Rings - the Two Towers and Return of the King.

We left Wellington for the town of Napier on the East Coast - passing through similar stunning scenery we'd seen on the South Island. The roads twisting, turning, bending, winding over up and around the rolling hills, moutains and gorges. Napier is in the Hawkes Bay region and another predominant wine area. Nope - no more wine tours for us I'm afraid.

Napier challenges Miami for the title of Art Deco Capital of the World. The town was rebuilt during the Art Deco era after an earthquake and fire in 1931 destroyed all the buildings in town. I'm afraid Napier was just a night stopover for us - apart from spending some time in the internet cafe and a stroll around town before a Mongolian dinner, we didn't explore anything it had to offer (if any).

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