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Published: August 15th 2012
We were on our way to Wellington to visit our friend, Peter, who has been living in NZ for about 10 months and works at the Earthquake Commission. We were really looking forward to catching up with him. We stopped in a town on the way called Bulls, before reaching Wellington about 4pm. We arrived in the motorpark Peter recommended to us. We were getting set up and settled in when we heard "Hey strangers", and there was Peter with a big bag of goodies! We sat in Red Dwarf drinking goon (wine in a box), catching up and eating the goodies Peter brought (rice crackers and Kiwi dip). We felt hungry after a while so we went to a great pizza place called Red Dog, and got 2 huge pizzas. After the pizzas we got a chocolate fondue. Some of Peter's friends were in an Irish Bar up the road called Molly Malones so we made our way up there for a pint. It wasn't nearly as good as Molly's in Puerto Rico but we had good craic! There was live music and loads of irish. We headed back to our motorpark and Peter headed home.
Next morning, he
met us at our car at 10am, in his tourist clothes, to show us around the capital. Wellington is really small, about the size of Galway, so we could get around it by walking. But before we could do any sight-seeing, we had to get some breakfast. So off we went to JJ Murphys where they do a $6 breafast. Once we had a good feed, we took a walk by the waterfront to Te Papa, a free interactive museum. On the way to Te Papa, we walked around the shopping streets to have a look. We spent a good couple of hours at Te Papa, messing around on all of the displays. They had a whole floor dedicated to volcanoes, earthquakes and other plate tectonic stuff so we spent alot of time there.
Afterwards we were pretty hungry so we got coffees and cake nd sat at a marina in the sun. We snacked on the fruit Peter had bought us aswell. Once we ere full, it was time walk up Mount Victoria to look out over Wellington. The walk up took about 20 minustes and we passed by a place where they filmed part of Lord of
the Rings. We got to the top and could see all over Wellington, including where Peter works and lives. We saw the airport- the most dangerous airport in the world, as the start and the end of the runway is the sea, and its really windy too. If the plane has to make an emergency landing, its diverted to Hamilton or Palmerston North. We rambled by down Mount Victoria and although we weren't hungry we fancied a pint so we went to the Polo Club for a few. This bar was in Christchurch, but they relocated to Wellington after the earthquake. After a couple of drinks we got our apetite back, so we went to a burger bar to get food. They were good burgers! There was also a table quiz on so we joined in, calling our team "Trailer Park Boys". We won a spot prize of a bottle of wine, because we came second last! We then stopped off at the GP bar for a drink (I had a warm cider- yummy).
Afterwards, it was time to go to bed, as Peter had work and we had to get up early to Skype home the following morning
(damn time difference!). So we said our goodbyes and left Peter. We didn't sleep a wink that night, the wind was so strong it was rocking the car. There was a van beside us that was rocking so much we thought it would fall over Father Ted style. The next day, we got breakfast in a cafe up the road after skyping home. This was our last day on the North Island. We caught the Interislander ferry at 2pm. We were looking forward to the South Island as people were telling us how great it is.
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