Wellington was our last stop on New Zealand’s North Island, and asides from being a very small capital with only just more than 200,000 residents, we found it to be a very cool, relaxed and fun city.
In our two days we did a walking tour of the city, took the cable car from Lambton Quay to Kelburn and explored the Botanical Gardens at the top of the hill, enjoyed a harbourside coffee, climbed Mount Victoria for sunset cider views, and ate some delicious food at the many nice bars and restaurants which line the streets. We even managed a run along the beach one evening, which was just beautiful. There’s nothing like a cool dip of your toes in the after a long (short) run (jog).
By far the highlight of our time in Wellington, however, was the Te Papa museum where we spent five hours, managing only to complete two floors of the vast museum. There is so much to see, but I would definitely recommend the Gallipoli exhibition about New Zealand’s biggest battle in WWI, which was in turns harrowing and poignant. We also had a great hour in the Dreamworks exhibition where we completed our day by making our own terrible animations.
Wellington is a small city, especially for a capital, but I really really liked its vibe and its people. The perfect place to spend a couple of days on our way to the South Island. Onwards and upwards for our last two weeks!