Whakepapa 9th Nov. 6-11°C, Rain, windy
Wellington 9-18°C, Rain, strong wind.
Another great breakfast at Chateau Tongariro, enjoyed while staring at the endless rainy mist through the picture windows. Still, it has been a good stay. The Chateau has a cinema, sauna, gym, heated plunge pool if you need distraction from the weather.
On advice, drove to Wellington via Whanganui on SH4. Really glad to have done so, it is a slower, twistier route than SH1, but the scenery is stunning as you follow the Mangawhero River through the twisting, steep sided green valley. Driver beware, temptations abound to take your eyes off the road and gawp at the landscape.
A km south of Sanson on SH1 is the Woolshed cafe. Nice place with good parking, lots of tempting home made pastries, cakes and scones at reasonable prices and good coffee. All day breakfast and chalkboard menu as well.
The road runs right along the coastline for 6 km from Paekakariku, a quite scenic drive. Unfortunately today the weather has really closed in.
Checked in at Boulcott Suites, very nice, self-contained unit at Te Aro. This is a great base from which to explore Wellington. Cuba St is the place to dine, although a bit rundown in places, there is a wide choice of cafes and small restaurants serving many different cuisines. Had a fish’n’chip dinner at the seafood market, terrific selection of fresh seafood. Owner recommends Tarakihi as the best fish, but not available just now.