Blogs from Wellington, Wellington Region, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Day 13: Masterton to Welington, 140km, lots of socialising and a spectacular fall The Donkey was up before the crack of dawn and set of in the dark at 6.30 a.m. It was cold. The donkey could not find his cycling jacket, must have left it somewhere, he thought. He was not surprised as he always lost stuff. Butterfly usually came to the rescue as she had an uncanny ability to know where any of the Donkey’s lost items would be. But Butterfly was not there (yet) so he could not ask her. As expected the Donkey got lost trying to find his way out of Masterton. Perhaps he should have waited till it was light as by the time he finally found Colombo Street, the street he was looking for, dawn was breaking. There was ... read more
The Donkey and Butterfly have to get of the bike at Siberia Gorge
The Donkey and the bulldog
The Donkey with Butterfly and the busy little hen

Day 12: Palmerston North to Masterton 104km. How much misery can a donkey take? What one can do to oneself, it beggars belief, contemplated the Donkey while he was climbing a massive hill, just outside Palmerston North. The hill was so big that no amount of sticks you threw at it would cover it or even put a dent in it. The road he was on was called Pahiatu Aokautere road, 'a popular training hill for local roadies' it said in the instructions. That is all nice and well for a roady with a 7kg bike but it is a different story for a donkey on a fully laden mountain bike, weighing around 30 kg, plus of course the weight of the donkey, even if he surely must have lost some weight since the start of ... read more

Geo: -41.2865, 174.776We were very nervous as we were flying into Auckland. We'd been looking into the best and most financially viable option for transport and accommodation around New Zealand and still hadn't really 100% decided what to do. We'd looked into buying or renting a camper or a car, we looked into bus tours and we looked into air b and b and hostels. We decided (with a bit of persuasion from and a kick up the arse from a friend) that we'd hopefully save money and have an awesome time buying a camper and travelling around for 10 weeks on the road and selling it for a slight loss at the end of our road trip. This was easier said than done. We were looking at campers and converted vans with all sorts of ... read more
Strolling along the sand dunes at 90 mile beach
Waterfall no.1... didn't catch the name of it
Oooh rainbow!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region » Wellington February 12th 2017

Geo: -41.2865, 174.776This morning, we borrowed the bikes from our hotel and explored the geothermal springs in Rotorua. Then, caught a 50 passenger, 2 prop plane, for the 1 hour and 10 minute flight from Rotorua to Wellington. Wellington is a small city on the southern tip of the north island, with a number of restaurants and bars. It has about the same population as Richmond, Virginia.... read more
Geothermal springs
Geothermal springs
Geothermal springs

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region » Wellington September 9th 2016

Geo: -41.2865, 174.776Well, we awoke to still-unsettled weather outside, but warm hearts inside.As soon as Everard had finished his business appt, we headed off across the bay to climb Mt. Kaukau, part of the "Northern Walkway" - an hour's climb in rain and windy and over 1200' above sea level. Pretty steep but we made it - thank goodness for those brasher sticks! When we got to the top the view was amazing - but so was the wind - est was over 50 mph, so the stay was brief.We then had a delightful lunch of seafood chowder and whitebait fritters!!!! and coffee on another delightful little spot by the sea.Then off to climb up to a memorial for a former Prime Minister. Good views from the heights behind, where we found gun emplacements from many ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region » Wellington September 8th 2016

Geo: -41.2865, 174.776We received a call from our hosts for Thursday and Friday at 7:45 am - leave asap, the main road from Taupo to Wellington is closed due to freaky weather!!! Uh Oh.We headed out from this lovely apartment overlooking the lake-larger-than-Singapore and drove the same way south we had done to climb the giant volcanic mountains - because it was the road to the East that was closed. The so-called "desert road," probably because the wind sweeps over a plains. We did encounter some little squalls of rain, then snow, then tiny hails, but nothing out of the ordinary for Ohioans :)We came upon rolling hills, flat lands, lots of cows and sheep (we expected the sheep, but the cows are everywhere - black and white Friesians, sweet-eyed Jerseys and Guernseys, brown ones, even ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region » Wellington September 3rd 2016

I had a brief stint in Wellington which is the capitol city of New Zealand. The 300,000 person metropolitan area lies on the southern coast in a sheltered harbour from the Cook Strait which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The city is nice enough and I enjoyed my couple of days here; more so than Auckland. However, like all things New Zealand it is an expensive place. A couple of days walking around in the sun was a nice way to kill a couple of days though before I would drive my car onto the InterIslander Ferry for the crossing to the South Island. Not to much to write home about in Wellington other than I spent to much money, got a parking ticket (which I have no intention of paying), and ... read more

Geo: -41.2865, 174.776We had another sluggish day at sea yesterday and managed only a bit over 6,000 steps. Yesterday was Mothering Sunday, Britain's version of Mothers' Day, and the restaurant offered a special chocolate dessert for all the mothers with dinner. Actually anyone could order it, but it was nice. The day in Wellington started slowly. I have been fighting off a cold the last couple of days and wanted to take it easy again. We spent most of yesterday at sea just reading and relaxing. I had planned a self-guided walk around Wellington, and we did part of it before tiring out and returning to the ship. Started with breakfast in the Princess Grill before leaving the ship. We took the Cunard shuttle into the center of Wellington driving first through the shipyard containing huge ... read more
Te Papa
Te Papa
Inside Te Papa

Hi Everyone, We left the Kapiti coast about 8am, it was cold when we woke up but we soon had the gas stoves on making breakfast and warming us up. It was only a 30-minute drive to the main road into Wellington, the traffic started to get really heavy so we knew not to go any further as there would definitely not be a free place to park. So we pulled off and headed up a road, it went all the way up for about 10 minutes so there were great views at the top. We parked on a quiet-ish housing estate, that didn’t have any parking restrictions. The bus also went into the city at the bottom of the road, which was handy. We bought a $9.50 all day bus pass, and headed into the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region » Wellington November 28th 2014

Geo: -41.2865, 174.776Some two years later I am finally getting around to doing this blog! Wow!So after throwing the ring in to Mount Doom, we headed to Napier where we visited my Aunt.The town of Napier is quite nice with Art Deco buildings and the beach. It's also a handy place for wine lovers although we couldn't really appreciate in that way as we don't really drink wine, although in typing this two years later, we have more of a appreciation and liking of wine. We visited Te Mata peak with what Anna describes as the classic New Zealand landscape.We also visited Ocean Beach which is south of Napier and tucked in to a roast chicken lunch while improving our tans.Then it was on the road to Wellington to see yet another Aunt, via McDonalds in ... read more
Concert In Wine Country
Beach Time

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