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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington November 22nd 2023

Tour Day 44, Cruise Day 44 – Te Papa Museum & Cable Car (5.5 hours) - Understanding of New Zealand's people, life and times begins at the wonderful, authentic Te Papa Tongarewa Museum. Its name means 'the place containing the treasures of this land'. A 30-minute transfer takes you along Wellington's scenic waterfront. Upon arrival at the museum, you will take an in-depth guided tour of Te Papa's collection highlights. It is an excellent overview of what makes New Zealand unique. This vibrant land and its diverse natural environment, from the kiwi (a bird; not a fruit) to the kauri tree, is on display. Don't miss Te Papa's colossal squid at 13 feet long and weighing more than a thousand pounds. Explore the powerful geological forces that shape New Zealand's dramatic landscape and come face to ... read more
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Cable Car

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington November 12th 2023

Wednesday morning we were up early as we had to be at the railway station by 7-15am. We had booked 2 seats on the Northern Explorer, a day trip from Auckland to Wellington. I had seen a program in World Scenic Railways about it which was very favourable. We had often driven between the two cities but this would be something different. We were a little surprised on reaching the station to find that the ticket office was a container and the queue to get our boarding passes was long and in the open. Having travelled The Ghan, their procedures are very professional. This was more like a third world country scenario. There was only one, very efficient, woman issuing the seat allocation and then we had to take our own bags to the luggage car ... read more
Mt Rapehu in the distance
One of the viaducts
Spectacular view as we cross another viaduct

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington October 23rd 2023

Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Maori culture and world-class surfing and skiing. Wellington can be mellow or action-parked, but it’s always epic. Labelled the world’s “coolest little capital” in 2011 by Lonely Planet, Wellington is renowned for its vibrant creative culture. On a sunny, windless day Wellington is up there with the best of them. For starters, it’s lovely to look at, sitting on a hook-shaped harbor ringed with mountain ranges that wear a cloak of snow in winter. Victoria timber architecture laces the bushy hillsides above the harbor, which resonate with birdsong. As cities go, it’s rather small but the compact nature of downtown gives it a bigger-city buzz and being the capital, it’s endowed with museums, theatres, galleries, and art organizations completely disproportionate to its size. Wellingtonians are rightly proud of their ... read more
Cable Car at the summit
The Beehive
Wellington Harbor at sunset

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington March 3rd 2023

An efficient few hours, saw us clean the motorhome in and out, that the company received the van in a cleaner state than what was received … which wasn’t that bad. Before returning it we travelled to Titahi Bay and walked the path along the cliff face. Timely, as the fire department from the local town brigade were doing mock rescues on the same cliffs. We struck up conversation with them and recalled the very unfortunate deaths of the two firemen on the first night of the cyclone at Muriwai, the place we first visited with the van. The return of the motorhome was without drama and we were complimentary shuttled to our accommodation at “Rydges Wellington Airport”. We were able to check-in 3 hours early as our booked room was available. Repacking of the case ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington March 2nd 2023

We took the bus into Wellington Central early, watching Wellingtonians ‘go to work’. As it was well before opening time for the Te Papa Museum, we scurried about visiting areas we had not seen before. The wind was picking up! Even though we tried to do the museum justice by spending 3 hours learning, thoroughly enjoying and being ‘moved’ by the fascinating displays and information we knew we still had only scratched the surface. Te Papa is full of the treasures and unique stories of Aotearoa New Zealand from Maori and Pacific culture, to art and the natural environment. Level 3, Blood Earth Fire, was my favourite. We began at level 6 and worked our way to level 3, with 2 and 1 still to go, however, we were out-on-our-feet. When Jane said she was tired, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington March 1st 2023

We ventured into the heart of NZ’s capital, Wellington, by bus. Also known as, '“Windy Welly” or “Wellywood”! The nickname Windy Welly comes very simply from Wellington being very windy. Today was not so. Wellington lies on a point of land sticking out into the Cook Strait. The Roaring 40’s, strong westerly winds found below 40 degrees latitude on the Southern Hemisphere, push through the Cook Strait even stronger, making Wellington extremely windy. The nickname Wellywood comes from the massive film production business that was established in Wellington by Peter Jackson for the Lord of the Rings. Our NZ friends had mentioned to us that Wellington is a buzzing city with lots to do and see, with great food culture, and generally just one of the nicest cities in NZ’s North ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington November 22nd 2022

Bonjour à tous, Le rdv de 20H était à Zealandia Park. Je reprends les termes des infos qui m'ont été remises, en français svp. C'est un sanctuaire écologique urbain complètement clos du monde. Plusieurs km de périmètre. Le projet consiste à restaurer dans son état originel et le plus fidèlement possible la forêt , et l'écosystème, d'eau douce de la vallée de Wellington. Ce programme à permis la réintroduction de 17 espèces animales autochtones, dont 6 avaient totalement disparues depuis plus de 100 ans de NZ A 19H45, je retrouve mon couple belge Geneviève et Christian, il y à en plus une bonne quinzaine de personnes. Mais eux, ils ne savent pas pourquoi l'agent de voyage à réserver, une visite privée. Que tous les 2 avec un guide. Je demande si je peux me joindre à ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington November 20th 2022

Bonjour à tous, Mon bed and Breakfast hier soir, déjà pour le trouver pas facile, je cherchais une belle maison bien fleurie, comme j'en ai pris l'habitude. Je suis devant l'adresse indiquée, et je vois rien. Un Monsieur s'approche et me demande vous êtes Daniel, ben oui , parce que, en même temps, j'aperçois la cour, je prends peur. Il me fait garer la voiture dans cette cour, derrière un Range Rover Sport qui parait neuf. La chambre, la déco c'est les années 50, difficile de faire plus vieillot, j'ai fait une photo des interrupteurs, eux datent d'avant 50. Chez un antiquaire un fortune, ou dans un musée. Il faut voir la salle de bain, les wc, la douche, pas croyable. C'en est carrément anachronique. Je passe sur la courette, où je fais une photo la ... read more
détroit de Cook
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington October 28th 2022

Things I keep forgetting: * yesterday while we were eating brekky we were watching some tiny dolphins in the water beside the shop - turns out they are the smallest dolphins in the world, and named Hector Doplphins. * our sommelier, Janine, was tellling us she lost her dad during covid - not from covid but from dengue fever, all of the hospital beds in the Philippines were taken up by covid patients. * there was a group of staff, wearing their uniforms, at the show the other night. They were the “new contracts”. The new staff get to see a show during their first week. * we keep finding people in lifts who haven’t pressed numbers. Today at lunch time we accidentally pressed the up button again before a full elevator departed so the door ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington March 24th 2022

A satisfying seaside stroll awaits on the doorstep of Wellington's central business district. Large areas of the once-busy waterfront were left idle by the change to more efficient container shipping. Clever planning and considerable investment have restored these wharves and cargo sheds to provide a spacious and entertaining seaside reserve - just for pedestrians. To walk at the water's edge and enjoy magnificent views of the harbour, cross to Queens Wharf on the City to Sea Walk Bridge, which features large Maori carvings. Restaurants, apartments and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea now fill this area's gracefully functional historic buildings. There are a number of interesting memorial plaques and artworks worth viewing. Http:// read more

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