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Nov 11, 2018 - Wellington Remembrance Day

Wellington Sun 11th Nov. 10-18°C, Mostly cloudy. A huge crowd had gathered along the Wellington waterfront to observe the Armistice Centenary. A 100 gun salute was held at the waterfront to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1. Starting at 10:50am, each of ten 105mm guns fired in succession until 100 shots were reached at 11:00am. After observing two minutes silence, all of the ships, ferries, boats, and trains joined in a 'Roaring Chorus' of horns and whistles. Assorted wags with bugles &etc joined in as well. Walked along the very...

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Nov 10, 2018 - Wellington

Wellington Sat 10th Nov. 9-16°C, Mostly sunny. Took the Wellington Cable car that runs from Lambton Quay to Kelbourne, where there's a good view of the city. The cable car museum at Kelbourne is very interesting, a theatrette shows movies of the cable cars and trams in New Zealand cities. I didn’t realise the cable car and tramway systems here were so extensive and pioneering in their engineering. Went for a drive from downtown Wellington, hugging the coast around the Mirimar Peninsula. A small surprise passing the end of the airport runway...

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Nov 9, 2018 - Whakepapa to Wellington

Whakepapa 9th Nov. 6-11°C, Rain, windy Wellington 9-18°C, Rain, strong wind. Another great breakfast at Chateau Tongariro, enjoyed while staring at the endless rainy mist through the picture windows. Still, it has been a good stay. The Chateau has a cinema, sauna, gym, heated plunge pool if you need distraction from the weather. On advice, drove to Wellington via Whanganui on SH4. Really glad to have done so, it is a slower, twistier route than SH1, but the scenery is stunning as you follow the Mangawhero River through the twisting, steep...

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Nov 5, 2018 - Northern Explorer to Wellington

Auckland Nov 5th 13-18°C, Mostly cloudy. Wellington 11-18°C, Mostly sunny. Early start, 6:30 taxi(NZ$10) to Auckland Strand station. 7:00 check-in for the 'Northern Explorer' to Wellington. Comfortable seats with plenty of legroom, panoramic windows, smooth ride on airbag suspension. Cafe car opened at 7:00, nice coffee, wraps, sandwiches and drinks available. Green rolling hills and rural countryside to Hamilton, the train moves along at about 80-100kph, bit rocky but not bad. Beyond Hamilton the scenery puts on a really good show as the...

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Mar 28, 2018 - The long trek

The big haul..... Early start so we can fit a trip to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park to visit Lady Knox Geyser and her “blow” in before heading to Wellington. A quick trip into the Main Street of Rotorua for the necessary coffee..... it was ordinary to say the least. Straight on to the Park where we visited several pools and saw some similar type of things to yesterday as well as some completely different things. Good old Lady Know was due her explosion at 10.15 so we headed up to visit her at home .... convenient that she goes off at 10.15...

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Feb 28, 2018 - Wellington, New Zealand

Unlike other cities we visited, we did not spend the night in Christchurch. We boarded an evening flight for the short hop to Wellington, New Zealand’s National Capital, where we were met by Maree, our Trip Leader for the remainder of our time in New Zealand. We didn’t arrive until after 6:30 pm, so it was after 8 pm before we got to our hotel. We were on our own for dinner that night which resulted in our only major complaint about the itinerary: There are several waterfront restaurants in the neighborhood, but they all closed at 8 pm!...

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Feb 3, 2018 - Wellington

Day 27, Feb 3rd The storm passed and we headed up over Arthur's Pass to Christchurch to take the plane to Willington. We retraced some of the West Coast shore line. What a difference. The sun was shining and the Tasman Sea was calm. There was still a lot of evidence of the storm of the past days with downed trees on the roadside, partially washed out roads, and the rivers running high and muddy. Now the landscape was exciting, brimming with natural beauty with waterfalls and peaks hidden in the clouds. At one point we got off the beaten...

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Feb 2, 2018 - Windy Wellington, Capital of New Zealand

It was pretty rocking and rolling last night. Glad we had our sea bands on. This morning the clouds burned off and it was a beautiful, 65 degree day perfect for our excursions. Actually put on long sleeves and pants for the first time since leaving LA. Our excursion was to Zealandia, a deep valley just up hill from Wellington where they have fenced it in with special fencing so no outside mammals can get in. New Zealand has no native mammals except for a small fruit bat. Until the Maori showed up 1500 years ago, it had only birds and...

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Feb 2, 2018 - Wellington New Zealand

History: Wellington “coolest little capital in the world “. It is nestled bar the southwest tip of the north island. It enjoys views of Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. Homes are built high on the side of mountains where cable cars are a necessary mode of transportation. Very fun place to visit. The bee hive Parliament House says it all.

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Jan 20, 2018 - Wellington

We left Napier on 20th Jan for Wellington. Nice drive through the countryside. Saw a sign for "Rivendell" so had to give that a looking at. Turned out to be a nice walk through the trees to see the movie locations. Also did a walk down to the river and watched people jumping from the bridge into a pool. Must have been about 10m. Not for me! Found the AirBnB in Wellington easily enough and what a great place it was. Fantastic views overlooking the city. The walk to the city was 20min downhill but we elected to go for Uber on the way back....

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Nov 14, 2017 - Hello from Wellington, New Zealand

Kia Ora from New Zealand! We left Houston on Nov 8th and began our down under adventure with a long 15 hour flight to Auckland. We lost a day on route so we arrived on Nov 10th. We arrived to our hotel about 7am but couldn't check in until 2pm so we left our luggage there and went wandering for hours! The next day we took the bus to visit the Howick Historical Village which the largest of the fencible settlements which formed a chain to protect Auckland from attack by the Maori or possibly the French. Retired soldiers and their families...

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Nov 4, 2017 - Wellington museum

Today we tagged along with our bus tour because they were starting their day at the New Zealand Museum and we had our morning free...so why not get a free ride over! The museum was really cool. We got entry into their popular display Gallipoli, about WWI, we were there an hour before the public. Weta workshop, the folks who designed most of the lord of rings sets helped create the display by creating 9 giant statues. You can see in the photo how much bigger than my mom they were. The detail was amazing, sweat on their faces, hairs on the...

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