A tale of two islands
29.11.2005 18 °C
Day 7... We arrive in Wellington.
Wellington is like no other capital city I have been to. Sat making my last Blog entry in a cafe at 4.30 pm... watching a hand full of people mooch about. No rush, no traffic as such and no bloomin Christmas music playing constantly!
We met up with Netties mate Gemma, who is now out here teaching. We took a quick tour with her round to the local curry house. All generally agreed that the curry houses in Bradford were better!
Day 8 was a damp cloudy day, so we did a few of Wellingtons finer sights. Te Papa is a huge museum, which means I was lost for the day! I had to be drageed kicking and screaming out of some of the galleries to eat... and we have saved a few floors for another visit. We stoped off at a view point on Mt. Victoria. Over looking both the harbour and the airport you get a sense of scale of the place. In Kiwi terms its huge. The drive down from Upper Hutt did remind me of Cardiff though and the place had a feel similar to Cardiff. Also we had a stop at the Cable Car... which I have to say looked more like a tramway myself! But hey, what do I know.
Anyway we filled the night time with popcorn... went to see Harry Potter... and can highly recomend the film... and the pop corn.
Day 9... the crossing.
For some reason we got up at some unearthly hour and took ourselves onto a ferry!
The trip along the Marlborough sounds has to be one of the most spectacular ferry journies in the world. The Challenger was our boat. And she was very well appointed for the journey. How come NZers know how to make such good coffee? Even at sea its fantastic!
We spotted a pod of dolphins in the sound and are now so glad we didn't pay to go Whale or Dolphin watching. We were met at the other side by Gemmas parents. Following them to Blenhiem through some of the most amazing filds of wine vines was an experience I will remember. The huge fields full of grapes make you reralise how much wine we now drink... considering 10 years ago this was all pasture and lambs!
Any way time is out again. I must finish now. The journey continues.