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Published: January 14th 2007
The 'cake tin' is on the right
Can’t believe I got up before Aunty Tina but I did and we were down and on the ferry for 7.30am and set sail at 8.00am. The journey back was really nice as the weather had picked up so after just a small snooze we went on deck to have a look out. Coming into Wellington Harbour was a lot nicer than Picton probably because it is a lot bigger being the capital. On the photo you can see Wellington Hurricanes Rugby ground. It is called the cake tin and you can see it on the right hand side of the photo and it DOES look like a round cake tin.
We went into Wellington and went to the museum called Te Papa because we wanted to have a look at their Egyptian exhibition. It was all about one mummy called Keku and her death and mummification and burial. They had her outer coffin, inner coffin and the actual mummy itself was in a side room because some people might not be happy about seeing a body. It was really weird but the whole thing was interesting to see. The amount of things they bury with them
Wellington from the boat
if they are rich is why the grave robbers went in there.
We had a walk round a bit of the museum which is all about the earthquakes in New Zealand and they have set up this one small house which told you a story and then shakes as if an earthquake is happening. Made me and Aunty Tina jump but it was interesting at the same time.
We also saw the skeleton of a pygmy whale which was only a baby at 10 years old but already was 24 metres in length when it was hit by a ship and died. Would have hated to have seen that in the sea when it had grown to full length.
We left Wellington about 1.30pm and stopped and had some lunch just up the road then drove back up to Bulls and had a pit stop for a coffee and toilet stop. We then carried on up to Wanganui for out last night on the road. We found a motel (out of town again), but we walked into town for tea and then just got a taxi back. It was another older motel, but this
room could have slept 7 people so we had our own rooms again. (Can’t hear Aunty Tina snoring).
Got a free continental breakfast at this motel, so that came about 8.00am and then we packed the car again and set off for home.
We stopped off at Raukawa Falls just outside Wanganui and then set off up this windy road to our pit stop at Ohakune. Just a one street place, but they did nice chocolate cake and coffee.
Uncle Andy wanted to go up the mountains to this place called Whakapapa because he wants to go climbing there. It is at the west side of Mount Ruapehu which we passed on the east side going down to Wellington. It was a gorgeous day and the road takes you up to 1630 metres which is higher than Ben Nevis in the UK. Me and Aunty Tina got bit to death, they were eating us alive and we couldn’t wait to get down. We sprayed anti bitey stingy stuff after the event though, so hopefully we wouldn’t get any more. We didn’t realise that Mt Ngauruhoe was Mount Doom in Lord of the
Rings so we took a photo and you can see why.
We then drove down to Taupo and had some lunch before going out to the Huka Jet just outside Taupo. Me and Uncle Andy went on the boat and we were out for half an hour. He took us up to the dam whilst driving really really fast close to the edge and it felt like you were going into posts. He also took us up to the Huka falls which were not going as fast as the time we were down before. He was doing 360 degree spins and we got soaked. We didn’t get rain coats like Uncle John and Aunt Christine, so by the time we got off we were well drenched. It didn’t take us long to dry off though because the sun was beating down. We went for a quick drink and then drove the last hour and a half home getting back to Cambridge around 5.30pm.
We have done 2,336 kilometres in total which is 1,400 miles in just 8 days. It was well worth it (even though I wasn’t driving) but the scenery, the people and the atmosphere
Heading towards Whakapapa Village
everywhere we went was great. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED *****
Don’t know how I’m going to top this trip, but fingers crossed we will do some of the northern part of the north island before I come back in February.
All the best and see you all very soon.
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