Wellington, being the windiest city in the world, did not blow us off our feet.
Sorry for the pun. It was too easy.
However, we enjoyed our time checking out the big city of New Zealand’s most southern major city in the North Island.
After checking out the city’s lookout, what now seems to be our new tradition, Dan and I got a feel for Wellington.
My favorite part of our time in the city was Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand, which was just spectacular!
I couldn’t take pictures of the rooms because of the enormous figures and twists and turns of each exhibit. A skeleton of a premature whale hung on the ceiling and other sea creatures swam in the sky above us, each one no less than 12ft.
Each exhibit had interactive areas where you can play a game, touch the beak of a squid or stand in a house that simulates an earthquake.
Some had movies or areas with soundbites of birds or the native Maori chanting.
One had the sound of a forest fire with large faux trees that had a glowing red color behind them.
It was just incredible.
On a different day, we drove around the coast of the city and stopped to check out some of the great views:
On our last big day, we walked the Skyline Walkway which took us along the ridge line of Wellington.
We were able to look out over the city on one side….
….and see the South Island on the other.
It was a bit of a challenge, but not so bad. Our trek in the farmlands of Colombia was much worse.
The views were spectacular, but to top it off, we were actually given a ride to the starting point by a stranger!
You see, Dan and I were searching for an access point to the trail. After a bunch of research, it was proving to be too difficult. We decided to ask a nice woman standing at the gate of a daycare.
“It’s just up there, I know it! I can’t exactly describe it though. Would you care to come inside and we can map it for you?”
No, no it’s okay.
We started walking away when a mother shouted behind us,
“Would you like a ride? I’m headed that way.”
Well ok! Dan and I climb in this woman’s car with the child she had just picked up.
“Did you make this?” I ask her about the picture she handed me. It was a photograph of a rose with a drawing of a flower stapled to the side and some scribbles of crayon on the back.
“Yeah!” She answered.
“Do you like Minnie Mouse?” I ask her because she’s wearing the ears and the dress and the shoes and the…
“Yeah!” She answered.
This went on for a bit. She’d hand me something, I’d ask a dumb question, she’d excitedly answer, “Yes!”
The mother dropped us off at the entrance after we drove up quite a steep hill and asked us to wear sunscreen before driving off. Kiwis are so nice.
The walk took us a few hours before we headed downhill towards Ngaio, which is just a suburb in Wellington.
I still don’t know how to say it.
From there, we grabbed a bus back home and relaxed for the rest of the night.
The following day we were to take a ferry to the South Island and continue our travels south!
Until next time,