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at TikiTouring are great fans of Wellington. The coolest little
capital in the world.
is easy to get around, whether by bus, taxi or having a good walk.
It is hilly and you'd better believe the stories about it being
windy because on our most recent visit she was blowing a gale.
But, Wellington is the type of city you can enjoy in all weathers
– rain, hail, shine or hurricane.
And on a sunny day the city's lovely harbour is a jewel in its crown.
A trip from the airport to the central city by can will cost you
about $35 and the fare will include a $2.50 surcharge. There are
shuttle vans available for about $21 and a bus that varies from
$6 to $12 depending upon how many suburbs you are travelling.
Central Business District is compact and reasonably flat so walking
around the place is no strain.
would recommend getting a map to get your bearings and the best
one we found was the one available from the Thrifty car hire mob.
It covers the whole city in detail whereas others, including the
official visitor guide, really only cover an enlarged CBD.
Mind you, most of the things to see in Wellington are in that area.
where to head to first? Well we would recommend taking advantage
of good weather to take in the waterfront and the Parliamentary
It is a lovely stroll along the seafront to Oriental Bay with views
of the port and houses rising on the almost vertical hills.
quite enjoyed going one way as far as time allowed and then hopped
on a bus for a quick return to the city.
New Zealand's Parliament Building
is pretty impressive, but it is the Beehive
– the administration building next door – that gets most of the
can see why is is named as it is from the shape.
the road towards the harbour is a cool eatery called The
Backbencher where you can grab a meal and drinks in the company
of large caricatures of famous NZ political figures.
by is The Cenotaph, a memorial
to New Zealand's war dead, and the largest wooden structure in the
world – the former Government
the Parliamentary area and the
central city you can walk down Lampton Quay a major shopping street
with just about everything you could want on offer. It is home to
Kirkcaldie and Stains – Wellington's
version of Harrod's, Macy's or David Jones.
on the quay keep an eye out for the Wellington
Cable Car. This is a really interesting way to get yourself
up to one of the great viewpoints for Wellington, the city's Botanic
Gardens, the Carter Observatory, Zealandia and the Cable
in the city you can check out the museums there.
are free to visit and the must-see is Te Papa. This is New Zealand's
national museum and is a modern entity that will interest both young
and old. Apart from the permanent displays Te Papa has visiting
exhibitions that widen its focus away from NZ-based subjects.
A few blocks away along the waterfront are the NZ Portrait Gallery
and Wellington Museum of City and Sea. The latter has a moving audio-visual
show on the tragic sinking of the ferry Wahine in Wellington harbour
that cost 51 lives.
If you like great food then you will love Wellington.
time I was in the city I ate out along Courtenay Place and enjoyed
the offerings there, this time we centred on Cuba
St and were absolutely wowed with the quality and price of some
Asian, gourmet pizzas, Cuban deliciousness … it was all there and
the mix of people was fantastic, from students and young people
to business folk and public servants.
On Fridays there is a night market that is way cool.
of markets there is an underground market on Saturdays on the harbourside
that has quality goods for sale. This is no tatty fleamarket, but
an artisan's haven.
the matter of havens …
day we flew out of Wellington we just had to make a trip to the
famous Chocolate Fish Cafe. It used to be in Seatoun, but has migrated
to Shelly Bay.
weather was appalling but the Chocolate Fish Cafe was warm, welcoming
and served up some delicious food.
Greek salad with haloumi is to be recommended and the seafood chowder
thoroughly recommend the place to anyone who is in Wellington, particularly
on a nice day.
of the more recent additions to the Wellington visitscape is the
Weta Cave in Miramar.
is guarded by the three trolls from The Hobbit movie and there is
a shop where you can pick up souvenirs.
cave has a 20-minute video of inside Weta Workshops and you can
take a $20 guided tour of the working area.
is cool to see the armour and weapons from the mega movies – including
the Rings trilogy, Region 9 and others – and see just how they go
about creating their fantastic items.
you can't take pictures though!
like Canberra, often suffers for being being the capital of its
country - denigrated for being overrun with politicians and bureaucrats.
the New Zealand harbour-side city is loved by those who live there
and the best comparison is to call it a little Melbourne.
across Cook Strait is the South Island and if you want to travel
between the two you can take a ferry from Wellington to Picton.
Another indoor suggestion is go to historic family home of one of
New Zealand's most famous authors, Katherine Mansfield. It
is in Thorndon, one of Wellington's oldest suburbs, and dates back
to the mid 19th Century.
birthplace has been beautifully restored with antique furniture
and its heritage garden is filled with plants like jasmine, roses
and calendulas that were part of 1880s Wellington.
If you want to continue a peaceful wander through leafy areas then
consider a visit to Wellington's Botanic Gardens. The 26-hectare
site can be reached quite easily by taking the wonderful cable car
from Lampton Quay and on the way enjoy some spectacular views.
Also within the Botanic Gardens is the Carter Observatory, which
offers Planetarium shows - a recreated night sky that allows viewing
at any time of day - views of Jupiter from its moon, a journey across
the galaxy, or a deep space exploration journey through the lens
of the Hubble Space Telescope.
is even a Sundial of Human Involvement, which is worth checking
out for something a little different.
can also see the real night sky on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
during 30-minute viewing sessions. It is recommended you book ahead
for these. Private telescope viewings are available.
has a lot to offer visitors and is worth taking several days out
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