Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and is situated on the coast, partly on reclaimed land. It sprawls up into the mountains and is a pleasant city. It has many Victorian buildings terraced up the steep hills and prides itself as a cultrual and artistic centre.
We arrived early evening and found ourselves a motel to stay. We were fairly tired so after a supermarket visit we crashed out in front of the tv.
We had booked the ferry to take us to Picton. It was to sail at 3am the following morning so we had a day to explore Wellington. We took a trip up to the top of the cable car where we were afforded great views of the city. After a small walk around the botanic gardens we returned to the harbour and went to see the magnificent Te Papa museum. This is a huge museum which is free ! It has lots of interesting sections and is very 'hands on'. We enjoyed it immensely !
We then took a walk around town and did a bit of shopping, to work up an appetite for dinner which was at a place called Hell ! To pass the time we went to the cinema and saw Sin City.
At about midnight we drove to the docks and waited to board the ferry. After a quick sleep we were onto the ferry and heading for the south island on a four hour trip.
Hell - Great gourmet pizzas !