Fill yer boots in Wellington!

Wellington Travel Blog

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We had a pretty straightforward drive down to Wellington from Napier, stopping-off in "one horse towns" that even had seen the horse leave because nothing was going-on anywhere!  Still, the people (as everywhere else in New Zealand) where very friendly and welcoming and the cafes are superb! 

We arrived in Wellington in what turned-out to be Rugby Sevens Weekend.  If we had known that was the case, we would have avoided it because accomodation prices tripled.  As we had to drop the car back on that date and were very keen to get to the South Island, we had little choice but to bite the bullet.  The first night was a disaster - we where staying above a bar and literally until gone 3am, the sound was thumping through the room and we just had no chance of sleeping!  Luckily, the next day, we wee moved to a quieter room!

We were lucky enough to meet-up with Alex, who has visited the UK 3 or 4 times and stayed near Jeremy and is a niece of a very close friend of the family, so we were able to meet-up with her.  It was a really nice evening with her and her husband-to-be (later this month), who is also called Alex!  They showed us a most fantastic look-out point over the city a night, it was a great view and the best time to see Wellington.

The remainder of our time we enjoyed wander around the kooky and off-beat shops of Wellington, which had great cafes and bars.  We also visited the Te Papa Museum, which was great.  Plenty of interactive exhibits kept Jeremy entertained - much to annoyance of other children (!) who queued behind him!

We had a brilliant 4 weeks on the North Island, but were very much looking forward to taking the 3 1/2 hour trip to Picton to start our trip around the South Island.

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