We visited Wellington and now it’s time for a recap of the weekend!!
Friday after Kepa and I finished up work we headed south. We left around 5 and ended up getting to Wellington around 1:30 am. Yes, it was crazy. Luckily, the full moon was out which made the drive very cool a I could still see the mountains during the drive.
When we arrived in Wellington we crashed at Kepa’s cousin’s. It’s nice to have family in the area!
Saturday was our only whole day in Wellington. We wanted to make the most of it so we woke up early and headed into the city. Our first stop was Cuba Street where we wandered around looking at the various shops and art.
All the public art and colorful buildings in Wellington make it feel like a very creative, fun, artistic city. There is a lovely vibe there.
I love that it’s right on the water as well!
After wandering around the waterfront we headed off to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand.
I loved this museum! We didn’t have nearly enough time there but I tried to read and absorb as much information as I could about NZ and Maori culture. I really enjoyed the current exhibit on Maori cloaks. It was fascinating to watch a few women as they made cloaks, truly an intricate and time-consuming process.
After the museum we headed out to have coffee with Kepa’s aunt. Meeting his aunt and cousins was great – I always love expanding my family.
Saturday night we ate dinner at La Boca Loca with Kepa’s cousins. I highly recommend this place – all of our food was quite lovely.
Later we had drinks at The Library – an awesome choice because Kepa fell in love with the place and the Earl Grey Crème Brûlée. All in all it was a great night.
Sunday morning we woke up early again to hit the rest of the places we wanted to visit. Our first stop of the day was the Wellington Cable Car which we road up the mountain to the Botanic Gardens.
After a walk around we headed back down then walked over to Parliament. We took a tour so I could learn all about Parliament and the NZ government.
I highly recommend it for anyone visiting Wellington – it’s free and only takes an hour.
After lunch with Kepa’s cousins we left the city for a long drive back. We stopped a few times to take photos because there are some amazing landscapes along the drive.
Our entire weekend involved lots of walking, probably somewhere between 10-12 miles. We ate a ton of great food but since it was a very active weekend it balanced out. It was amazing to get away even if only for a day or two. I can’t wait until we make it to one of the cities in the South Island…. I bet that will be even cooler!