New Zealand November 2018 travel blog

Wellington Waterfront

Crowd gathered at Waterfront

105mm guns used for 100 gun salute

Restored steam lift ship

View from house on Mt Victoria

View across Miramar Peninsula to Pencarrow coast


Wellington Sun 11th Nov. 10-18°C, Mostly cloudy.

A huge crowd had gathered along the Wellington waterfront to observe the Armistice Centenary.

A 100 gun salute was held at the waterfront to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1. Starting at 10:50am, each of ten 105mm guns fired in succession until 100 shots were reached at 11:00am.

After observing two minutes silence, all of the ships, ferries, boats, and trains joined in a 'Roaring Chorus' of horns and whistles. Assorted wags with bugles &etc joined in as well.

Walked along the very interesting and picturesque waterfront, Queens Wharf for fine dining, large art installations, the Wellington Underground Market, lots of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. Spent a few hours, ending at 'Te Papa', New Zealand's National Museum. Around the museum waterfront side is a relaxing stroll along a lovely outdoors nature interpretation walk. The museum cafe has a good range of food and drink at reasonable prices, with indoor and outdoor tables.

Around the corner from the hotel on Willis St is a 'New World' supermarket that opens 7am-11pm M-F, 8am-10pm S,S. They have a great range of fresh pastries, danishes, sandwiches, rolls, croissants. You can easily stock up on a day's requirements here. Budget concious brekky eaters be early!



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