Blogs from Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 123


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington May 18th 2005

Just a quickie to pass on our new address and phone number - it's easier just stick it on here rather than try to work out who would be interested! Address: 9/28 Hobson Street Thorndon Wellington 6001 New Zealand Phone No: 0064 4 472 4271 Some snaps of the new pad will follow once we have our computer back - I'm doing this 1st thing at work so I have to be swift! Cheers!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington May 15th 2005

am setting out for Coromandel tomorrow. I will be spending a couple of days in Rotoroa on the way back, so I will return to Wellington May 29. Where we are staying does not have email access, so I am not sure if I will be able to check my email while I am gone or not so don't think I am ignoring you. Coromandel sounds fun, but I wish we didn't have to go for so long. The area is pretty remote, so there will not be much to do. I think we are doing predator control the entire time too which means we have to catch possums and things like that in traps. I have a hard time with that even though I know that they are non-native to NZ and they kill ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington May 10th 2005

Mt. Victoria Trek up to the look out point Melting gelato. I went through all my stuff to see what I could unload and/or mail home today. I had some company while doing this since Charlotte was moving onto her Godmother's place to live on a farm. Man she's gotta lot of stuff. She was trying to cram so much stuff into her pack and other bags. It could explain why she's always dressed so nicely though. :) So my main objectives for the day were to 1) go to the post office and 2) go for a walk along Oriental Parade and up to the Mt. Victoria look out point. The post office was only a short 10 minute walk from the hostel in and around Cuba street. It was great to be able to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington May 10th 2005

I arrived in Wellington on a beautifully sunny day... at a bus station that seemed miles from anywhere. In true backbacker style I then ermm jumped in a taxi with a girl I'd met on the bus and headed off to the hostel. I did consider public transport but well... I only had a day in Wellington but that was enough to tell me two things, (1) - that I'd really like living and working here and (2) - that I wasn't ready to get a job yet! The city is small, windy but beautifully set around the harbour... lots of hills though so think I'll end up very fit living here. We did manage to get to the cinema - apparently revamped to the sum of $5million for the Lord Of the Rings premier - ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington May 9th 2005

Beehive Parliament Went on a free tour here Very interesting. I woke up with the thought of..."it' free bagel Monday!" It’s always a nice way to start the day knowing a free and yummy breakfast is waiting for you. I took my time having breakfast, I called my mom for Mother's day and also gave Anita a call. By the time I packed my bag and packed a lunch/snack for the road I was finally "good to go" at about 11. Talk about slow moving! Well, I guess it didn't help I bumped into Michelle and Sinead in the dining room. They moved over from the Base Hostel since there were bed bugs found in some of the beds. Yucks! Since the weather was good - sunny and only a little bit windy - I set ... read more
Cable Car cometh.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington May 8th 2005

Happy Mother's Day! Today is your special day. Thanks for everything. :) This is the first of three full days I have here in Wellington. I took it pretty slow getting up since Te Papa (NZ's National Museum) doesn't open up until 10AM. I started off by organizing my laundry (Geesh, laundry Sundays...hard to break some habits, eh?!?) I wanted to get done today, organized my tickets and onward travel stuff, organized more stuff I would like to send home, organized my food, organized my pack a bit too. Guess I'm just in one of those let's get organized moods! I headed over to Te Papa and spent loads of time there today since 1/2 an hour after my arrival I noticed it was pouring rain outside. There were some interesting and not so interesting exhibits ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington May 7th 2005

6 hour bus ride Delayed because of a flat 2 hours behind. We were all ready to go with our bags packed in the trailer by 9AM as scheduled. One minor glitch...our bus had a flat and the spare tire along with all the tools were stuck in the boot and our driver James could not gain access to any of it. Solution...wait for the bus from Taupo to arrive around noon and switch buses. So that meant we had a bit of time to kill. We were going to watch one of Elaine's DVD's but the audio wasn't working so instead we got a rated PG movie from reception to watch. We ended up watching "Blue Crush". Not the most entertaining movie of all time but I guess it could have been worse and it ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington May 6th 2005

We took the train on a scenic (pacific ocean on the left, snow-capped mountains on the right) five-hour trip up north to the port of Picton. From there the three-hour ferry journey, through the Malborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait was spectacular (and thankfully smooth considering the storms we saw last week). We even saw some dolphins (but from too far away to identify properly). On our first day in the capital (rainy and windy) we visited the 5th and 6th floors of the "Te Papa'' museum, where Emma was thrilled to see original costumes as worn by ''Split Enz'', leaving the rest of the building for another day (It's big!). Next day, more rain and wind, but we managed to visit the Parliament building in time for a lunchtime tour. After the tour, we ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington December 22nd 2001

I crossed the Tasman Sea on a three hour flight to reach destination Auckland, the largest city of our closest neighbour and great mates from New Zealand. The country of four million people is blessed with sublime natural scenery, friendly people, superb tourist infrastructure and world class beer. Oh, and it's also the adventure capital of the world! If you have a taste for adventure and wanna do something wild and crazy ... sweet as a nut bro, just come to NZ and the Kiwis will take care of you. I was out of the airport like a shot, and had a few days to explore Auckland before joining a pre booked bus trip with Kiwi Experience. I chose the option of a three week jump on, jump off tour of the North and South Island ... read more
Posing before the terror begins...
Kiwi Experience bus team
More rafting action

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