Blogs from Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 7


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington February 18th 2013

Well everything is paid for so now it's a matter of getting Visas and then waiting for May... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington February 17th 2013

Arrived Auckland a little jetlagged and confusing to find people speaking English for a change... Spent a couple of days exploring city, visiting refurbished Art Gallery with rock n roll photo exhibition, climbing Mt Eden volcanic cone and staying with friends on the North Shore. Hired a car to head south, first stop Maungatautari ecological reserve enclosed by high Jurassic-park style fence keeping out invader species; took a steep hike through dense green forest loud with birdsong to summit. Next drove to Waitomo caves famous for glowworms - joined Spellbound tour with amusing laconic guide - best section boating down underground river in the dark, cave roof covered with tiny specks of light. Reached Taupo for walk to powerful Huka falls and bask in natural (very) hot springs along river. Continued south to Tongariro national park, ... read more
Cool art - Auckland Gallery
Auckland view from Mt Eden
Auckland skyline

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington February 11th 2013

Here are some of the hundreds of photos of Christmas time. This is Christmas day. I will show some more of the rest of the time in a couple of days.... read more
Santa has been!!
Opening the stockings
So Much.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington February 5th 2013

Windy Welly, wie die Einwohner ihre windige Hauptstadt liebevoll nennen, ist wohl die coolste Stadt bisher. Sie wartet auf mit grandiosem Flair, coole Laeden, individuellen Persoenlichkeiten, viel Strassenkunst und Musik, wo man geht und steht. Diese Vielfalt sieht man auch in der Architektur und im Stadtbild. Um den Hafen wuchern kleinen Gruneflaechen mit Steinen, Moos und Farn, die sich ueber die Stadt ausbreiten wie kleine Insellandschaften. Zwischen hohen, modernen Gebauden finden sich kleine, shcnucklige, hippe Laeden, gemuetliche Cafes und belebte Kneipen. Auf einer Erkundungstour durch die Stadt am Hafen entlang, wo ich tatsaechlich waschechte Rochen ganz nahe am Ufer schwimmen gesehen habe. Das war vielleicht cool, eines meiner Highlights. Die typischen Anlaufstellen sind der Botanische Garten, das Te Papa Museum und die Kneipenstrasse Cuba Street, der beste Fish and Chips Lad... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington February 5th 2013

Hi everyone We visited Wellington on Sunday. The weather was warm and NOT windy. This weather was pretty unusual for a city that is known as “Windy Wellington”. We got off the ship about 2pm and went for a ride on the cable car up to the Botanic Garden. I really like funicular railways and this one didn’t disappoint. It was built in 1902 and was steam driven before succumbing to electricity in . The view from the top was spectacular, particularly as it was a clear day and you could almost see forever (apologies to )! We turn followed the winding path back to the city. It was lovely walking through the Botanic gardens and memorial cemetery. Sounds a bit creepy but it wasn’t. The city has managed to blend the Botanic Garden with the ... read more


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington February 3rd 2013

Hi, The blog site has changed the format for down loading photos and I have had trouble working it out. Seem to have it sorted{I hope} so hope to get it this time. I will put a number of blogs out with just photos on so you can see what we got up to. We had such a good time and now the house is very quite{but tidy}. Pip/Rod... read more
Discussing the trip
Aotea Park.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington January 31st 2013

Hello, and a Happy New Year to you all. I would be surprised if anyone is logging in as it has been so long since my last blog. My excuse ofcourse is the kids. The adult kids and the small kids. Since the last blog Chris Hege and the girls, plus Runa and Lillien, plus Amy and the girls have been with us and the month that we had went so fast. But what a month. We had a fantastic time and I'm sure that the memories will stay on for all of us. Chris and hege arrived first and had a chance to settle in before Runa and Lillien arrived and then Amy arrived on the Saturday before Christmas. As we were going up the coast to show Runa and Lillien around we arranged to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington January 30th 2013

We've spent the last couple of days mooching around Wellington, getting a city fix before we head on to the South Island and all of its scenery and national parks. There aren't a huge amount of 'must-see' places here, so we've...been up to the view point at Mount Victoria, gone for coffee at a trendy little cafe (Raglan Roast), taken a picnic up the cable car to the botanic gardens, been to the cinema (cheap night here is Tuesday, so we saw Django last night), wandered round the national museum, Te Papa, and strolled along the waterfront trying to see if we could gatecrash our way into the Pinot Noir convention (the answer is no, unfortunately). On the way here, we also stopped off in the town of Taihape, which is apparently the home of the ... read more
Coffee on Cuba Street
spot the boot
Cable Car

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington January 29th 2013

Wellington today, up early and off the boat soon after 8.30a.m. Went out to breaky which was a nice change and also caught up on emails etc as internet on ship very slow and expensive. Left Betty and Muz as they wanted a sleep in after a few whiskey shots last night before retiring, will catch them up at 10.30 or so. Another gorgeous day here in Wellington, went to the Te Papa Museum, did the cable car to the botanical gardens and had a good look around Wellington. Caught up with Betty and Muz and had a late lunch at a lovely Thai restaurant down near the harbour. Don't know why we haven't been to New Zealand before, it really is very lovely - already talking about our next trip here. Heading back to the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington January 27th 2013

Getting ready to go even though its still 4 months away.... read more

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