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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
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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.
Stella

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

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

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

I have travelled the continents and crossed the seas to discover a family down under just like Captain Cook discovered these far lands and the emotion is wondeful. What wonderful people, each one so individual but linked by an invisible bond of belonging.A huge thank you to sister Julia, brother David and niece Carol Karen and nephew Chris. So back to the travelling experience...good and short Qantas flight from Syndey to Wellington in under 3 hours with a good dinner on board. we arrived, survived immigration and customs ( very strict on importing food ), were met by Les from A2B carrental who whisked us through the paperwork and we were off to Martinborough by midnight. It was about a 90min drive on the empty mountain road and we arrived at Riesling Retreat to our little ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington December 26th 2012

Today we docked at Wellington. We took the shuttle bus into town and walked to the cable car which took us up to Kelburn(e). The town was originally spelt with the final "e" but by the time we got there it changed its spelling :-} The views of Wellington were stunning. We seem to be running out of adjectives to describe New Zealand. We walked around the top of the mount and went to the cable car museum. This was really interesting. Don bought me a cardigan in the museum shop. We came down in the cable car and walked around the stores. Being Boxing Day the sales started. It is a long time since I went to the sales on the day after Christmas. Sales give Boxing Day its modern meaning! Oh we found a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington December 15th 2012

Well, Christmas is almost on us and Chris, Hege and the 2 girls are on their way from Norway and will be here Monday. Runa and Lillien are already in Australia and will be here in a weeks time. So.!! Guess what I have been up to over the last few weeks. Yep!!! Getting the place ready for every one to enjoy their stay and Christmas day at our place. Every thing needs to be spot on as we have 16 adults and a few kids to enjoy the day with. I don't seem to have had time for much else, and, fishing, I should be so lucky. So this blog is just to say all is well and I am very excited about every one arriving and the fact that I won't have to keep ... read more
More exciting times
Garden planted.
B'Que clean.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington December 15th 2012

I am currently wring this from the Premier Lounge of the 'Kaitaki' enroute from Picton (South Island) to Wellington (North Island) in the Cook Strait. We decided to upgrade our journey to include lunch, afternoon tea, free Internet and a private lounge away from the hassle of the rest of the ship. This very much after Joe Loader's mindset in Singapore. Well worth it! We left Christchurch at 7am (!) after an early start on the 'Coastal Pacific' for the 5 hour train journey to the ferry at Picton through a variety of country including the vine growing area of Malborough. The journey was excellent with a running commentary over headphones of the geological, cultural and political highlights of the landscape we passed through. The train has more windows than conventional carriages in England and there ... read more
Malborough vineyards
Premier Lounge
Wellington from the Rydges Hotel




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