Wellington was on the top of our list of places we wanted to visit. We have read such wonderful things about this little city from a fellow blogger, the Young Adventurous.
A little bit of background on Wellington:
Wellington is the capitol of New Zealand. It is located on the most southern end of the north island. It is located in the Cook Strait which causes strong winds to funnel through the city and give it the nickname “Windy Welly.”
Our first visit to Windy Welly:
Our first trip to Wellington was a couple of days after Christmas. Wellington is about an 8 hour drive from our home here in Auckland. The weather was UNREAL. We got really lucky and got a couple of days that were beautiful, sunny, and not windy at all (apparently this is very atypical).
We made it a point to explore as many of the Young Adventurous’s recommendations as possible. Click here to check out her blog post.
Fidel’s Cafe: Best coffee in New Zealand. I had a bowl of coffee. Yes. A small bowl. I’m really going to miss all this yummy coffee so easily available in NZ.
Chow: If you are in Wellington and don’t check out Chow, shame on you. This restaurant serves fresh asian cuisine. We stepped out of our comfort zone and ordered: Mussaman Curry, Red duck curry, Vietnamese Pho, & an array of appetizers. May I add that all this food was over two separate visits, although Chad probably could have eaten it all in one sitting. When we found out we were going to get another chance to visit Wellington, we were most excited to go back to Chow.
Havana bar: This bar/restaurant has a really awesome environment. They serve tapa’s style food, which was very delicious but a little on the pricey side.
Basque bar: If you are in the mood for some unique sangria on the rooftop deck, make sure to check out this bar.
The Library bar: a bar modeled after a library. Books everywhere. May I add that they have two for one deserts (on Tuesdays). Defiantly worth checking out.
Dirty little secret: This bar is slightly difficult to find, but totally worth the search. This rooftop bar has such a great view of the city.
DreamWorks exhibition at Te Papa Museum
I don’t know if I have ever had so much fun at a museum. Being a lover of all things animated, this was so up my alley. I blended right in with all the little kids.Classics such as Shrek,Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon became an exhibition. Need I say more? We had a blast spending the morning in the museum.
Up next: The Famous Cable Car
When in Wellington…. you must ride the cable car. It’s the iconic thing to do. It was originally created to serve as a connection between the Lambton Quay (the main shopping streat) and a suburb in the hills called Kelburn. When the cable car drops you off at the top, there is a nice long windy trail that one can hike back down to the bottom. There is also a botanical garden and an observatory. We didn’t end up doing the hike, we just relaxed and enjoyed the views.
Our second visit to Wellington:
Chad got the opportunity to work in the Wellington office of his company for a few days at the beginning of February. So back to Wellington we went! Without any complaints.
While Chad was at work, I took a ferry across the harbor to Days Bay. I rented a bike and found a beautiful trail that was right along the coast line. On my adventure I saw some sweet little billy goats, and then it terminated at a lovely little lighthouse. It was a really awesome way to spend a Wednesday.