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Jun 10, 2017 - Queen's Birthday Weekend in Welly!

I spent last weekend in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. It was a long weekend cause the Queen's birthday is a public holiday here so I flew down first thing on Saturday morning from Rotorua. Was a perfect morning for flying so got great views out of the plane on take off and landing. Wellington has it's own version of the Hollywood sign which is visable on the hillside as you fly in, sadly wasn't quick enough to get a photo though. There is lots to do in Wellington so i'd made myself a bit of an itinerary, starting with the Weta...

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Apr 20, 2017 - April 20, 2017 – Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

April 20, 2017 – Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Patsy and I did separate tours today. I’ll tell about mine, and then Patsy will tell about hers. I did the Highlights of Wellington. The 1st stop was at Mount Victoria where we saw the Robert Byrd Memorial. The memorial is a tent with the ridge pole pointing due south to Antarctica. From the top of Mount Victoria, you get a 360 degree view of the city of Wellington. The way down is via a narrow, and I do mean narrow, curvy one way street with cars parked along it. The bus rounded a...

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Apr 4, 2017 - Wellington, New Zealand

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Wellington, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” - Aldous Huxley Well, not ALL other countries….New Zealand is excellent and its reputation is well deserved. I kid you not - you have got to come see this place for yourself! Woke up to a rainy day but the rain wasn’t as heavy as I expected upon getting up at 8. No real reason to get up early today since it’s raining and we’re only going into Wellington and the museums don’t open till 10. So we...

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Apr 4, 2017 - Crossed Cook Straight to Wellington

We had a rather rough crossing from the South Island this morning. Stormy weather which is due to the remnants of cyclone Debbie is now hitting NZ. We did a waterfront walk and passed by the historic train station which seemed to be very busy. So we went in to check it out.And we ended up taking a 2 hour commuter train ride along the coast and back to Wellington. The customer service guy told us that when cruise ship passengers want to see some of Wellington's surroundings, they are advised to take this little trip. Anyhow, it got exciting...

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Mar 19, 2017 - No need for Wellington boots!

TWe arrive in Wellington on a bright sunny day. The last time we were in Wellington we just passed through it to get on the ferry to South Island. This time we planned to go to the National Museum, Te Papa and the Botanical Gardens. We caught the shuttle bus into town and walked along the waterfront to the museum. This is one of the best museums we have been to and really you need at least a day to get the most out of the experience,.we only had about 90 minutes! We could just visit two galleries, Gallipoli and Fire & Ice. We walked back...

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Feb 21, 2017 - Wellington

Wellington became the capital of New Zealand in 1865, after Auckland. The South Island had complained about the capital being in the far north, so they moved it to Wellington which is in the southern tip of the North Island. We started by going to a wildlife sanctuary called Zeelandia, which is a place trying to restore endangered species. We saw lots of strange birds and plants etc. We then went for a ride in the cable car, which is a funicular railway. Got some good views from the top. We then drove around town, seeing the parliamentary...

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Dec 4, 2016 - Wellington...at least the ground is not shaking (at the moment)

The Bella Vista Motel is as clean as a pin and just a five minute walk to a pebble beach, also with great visuals of Wellington's skyline/shoreline. My style of travel has its limits, though. After Monday night, I have no reservations. The first order of business today will be to find a place to lay my head tomorrow night. Maybe I am getting too old for such an edgy travel strategy...but I do love the vitality and flexibility. This may be my last international junket doing this, perhaps. Soon, no doubt, as I continue to age, I will be on...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Wellington

Wednesday 17th February, set off for Wellington today. The weather not so good, travelled most of the way in the rain. On arrival found our apartment for the next few nights and then returned the hire car that we had travelled the north island in. The rest of the day was spent wandering around and getting our bearings. Weather a bit rainy today (Thursday), decided to go up the cable car and see the view over Wellington. Unfortunately it was cloudy when we got up there so view not brilliant. At the top is a cable car museum which we also...

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Feb 10, 2016 - Well and doing fine

Mo is recovering nicely, while Jim reports being on the verge of exhaustion between bouts of energy and enthusiasm. It's sheep country, of course, so we had to visit the Wool Shed museum in Masterton. We had no idea there were so many varieties of sheep and that one could gain fame and fortune in competitive shearing. This after a satisfying rest in a family-run motel in Woodville. We stopped at a view point on the drive over the coast range. A woman came up to Jim and said, I've got something to show you. She showed him a picture of the...

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Feb 4, 2016 - Day in Wellington

We made a late start and toured the Cathedral and then did a guided tour of the Parliament buildings. We then wandered down to the waterfront for lunch before doing a 90 minute cruise on a sailing cataraman. We have again had gorgeous weather and had hoped to see dolphin in the bay but there we none, we did see a penguin! The yacht had a resident dalmatian who spent the whole trip searching for something to give him a reason to jump in the sea. Back at the hotel to get ready for our ferry crossing to the South Island tomorrow.

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Feb 4, 2016 - Wellington - The Windy Capital

Our next stop is Wellington, just 60 miles across Cook Strait from Picton. Wellington is New Zealand's capital city known for the legendary winds, the roaring forties, that blow at these latitudes. Added to the wind, today it's raining too. The many hills, narrow streets, Victorian homes, and a cable car remind some people of San Francisco. The downtown and harbor area are built on reclaimed land. The Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand and many locations were near Wellington, giving the city the nickname “Wellywood”. We're not...

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Cruisin' Down Under

Feb 2, 2016 - Picton and back to Wellington

Basically all we wanted to do was cross the Cooks Strait which we didn't do last time.We awake to wonderful weather on sunday am so our return crossing should be fabulous. Needless to sat Steve needs to clamber up a hill so thats what he heads off to do and i just go for a wander. That's the trouble about being away together you never get any time to yourself so its nice for me. Our ferry sails at 2.15 and fortunately Steve is back in good time so we wander round to ferry port. Seems very weird boarding as foot passenger with no luggage but...

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