Steve and Mad's mini adventure travel blog

Farewell South Island :-(

The Wellington Waterfront

The Largest Wooden Building in the World (it's made of wood, honest)

New Zealand Parliament Buildings

Cable Car complete with Cricket in the Background

Ferry today so we spent most of the day driving, queuing, sailing and queuing again. The ferry is an old P&O cross channel job so not exactly luxurious but it's OK. It's a 3 hour crossing, mostly because the speed limit in the Marlborough Sounds is very low as any wash created is damaging to the shoreline. The sea was fortunately quite calm although as we neared Wellington it got incredibly windy up on the top deck, so much so that Steve nearly lost the rucksack over the side which had loads of heavy stuff in it. The Cook Strait is a notorious piece of sea which has had more than it's fair share of shipwrecks over the years so I think we got off quite lightly...

In Wellington we went out to eat at a place called Chow which was recommended in the guide book. It's very weird, the doors look like an entrance to an underground car park but when you go in and up the stairs the place is actually really nice. Bit of an odd Chinese as most things seem to come in curry sauce but very nice.

Second day we went to Te Papa Museum which is touted as NZ's flagship museum and is indeed very good with a bit of everything in it from geology to immigrant stories to whale skeletons. It's also massive so there is no way you could get round it in one visit. We wanted to see an exhibit that uses tiny hologram actors (the mad Swede told us about it) but it transpired we were in completely the wrong museum. Doh! The museum we were meant to be in was the Wellington Sea & City Mueseum which actually turned out to be much more interesting. The hologram actors were very good. After that we thought we'd get the cable car up to the Botanic Gardens, another "must-do" activity but it was the most hidden attraction ever and took us ages to find it! The view from the top was spectacular but we didn't stay long as the wind had arrived again and it was getting a bit chilly. We also went to see the famous Bucket Fountain which was tiny, crusty looking and not even on so not much to see really!

Wellington is actually a really picturesque place, surrounded on all sides by a range of hills which make up a large green belt. It's very easy to get lost though, as Steve found out on his morning run. A estimated 45 mins run took 1.5 hours, mostly spent trying to work out where the city had gone!

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