I know this is bit late, sorry. I’ve been bad this year about catching up with my posts, but at least I’m doing them. This one is a bit of what I did, plus a bit of reviewing the places I’ve seen. As usual, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment :)
The weekend of May 31-June 1, I spent in Wellington because it was the Queen’s birthday holiday… extra time off. Bit rainy and cold, but it was great to see the city this time instead of a quick look around. I took the Intercity bus in the night before and stayed in The Hotel Waterloo and Backpackers. According to Brenda, host mom’s mom, this where the Queen once stayed. It’s directly across the street from the railway station which is perfect because that’s where the bus stop also is. Easy check in with a $20 deposit, if you’re looking for a place to stay in the city. Word to the wise, when entering a dorm room in a hostel, take a good look around to see if anyone is actually in there. Luckily I didn’t talk to myself or anything because by the time I finally climbed into the last remaining bed in the room, I hadn’t noticed that there was already someone in the room. She was asleep one bed over on the top bunk and I hadn’t realized until I was climbing into mine. I think I might be getting too old for hostel bunk beds, haha. My back hurt pretty bad after that and I was also the oldest in the room by at least 3 years, which I found out on Sunday when I spoke to several of the others.
Up before anyone else in the room (5am – no idea why) and off to Te Papa to have breakfast at their café and wait for the opening of the Galipolli exhibit. This exhibit is amazing and will be open for a few years. I highly recommend visiting. WETA Workshops worked on several of the pieces and in order to get in, you have to get to the museum early because the mass of people is so large. Luckily I Was there early and made it in before it got really busy. Exhibit opens at 10am, I was already at the museum and got in line around 9:45am.
I decided to visit the i-site to see what else I could be doing in the city. Yeah, I know, I didn’t plan well, but that’s half the fun :)
A nice walk by the harbor and a little mobile coffee stand. Perfect place to sit and relax :)
Then over to the Wellington City and Sea Museum. This place is so much fun! It’s completely free to get into and interactive. Lots of noise makers and things to try out. First floor is the city history and such. The second floor is a maritime ship and history. Play with things, check out how to work stuff, and explore a captain’s cabin.
Back into the freezing cold whether and over to the Cable Car which is kinda hidden between two streets so you have to really look for the sign. I bought a one way ticket because I had plans to walk back down. $4NZD one way, $7.50NZD round trip.
Carter Observatory is also up here. It had started raining again so I decided to do a rainy day activity and take in a show :D The Maori constellations and legends show was just starting. Definitely worth it. It’s about an hour long and I learned a lot. The planetarium is someplace I haven’t been in a long time and absolutely love it. $18.50NZD for the show “To Space & Back” narrated by James May. Had to laugh when he started speaking :)
Walk down hill from the observatory through Botanical Gardens and Zealandia to the city. Watch out for the cemetery, go around it if you’d like or through it. Watch out near Bolton, you’ll get yourself turned around (like I did). Ask someone if you get lost. Don’t worry, Kiwis are mostly friendly. Downhill takes you across the motorway so remember that. The walk down is gorgeous with all the flowers and plants, so enjoy it :)
On Saturdays, Wellington has an underground market on the harbor. The food smelled great, and there were some super cute things for sale. Check it out when in town :) Then head over to Cuba street for the Night Market around 6ish. International foods (amazing Moroccan), radio DJ, games. Always bring your rain jacket to Wellington. You never know when you’re going to get dumped on, haha.
Ended the day by heading back to the hotel to drop my stuff in my room and have some dinner. If you don’t leave stuff on your bed while gone, they assume you’re gone and break down your linens. The café in the hotel is nice. Can buy dinner or use the guest kitchen. Large fireplace, plenty of room to sit with couches and tables. Also a bar/pool room and a tv room off to the sides.