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Windy Wellington

Sunday 18th October 2015

storm 18 °C

We woke up to pretty grim weather this morning; rain and howling winds, the sort of weather that makes you want to curl up in your bed and not get out. This wasn't a very appealing or practical option. Not only would this be pretty boring but would mean foregoing the bus tour of Wellington that we had booked yesterday evening. Once we were up and dressed we had a quick breakfast and then made the short walk to where we needed to collect our tickets and catch our tour bus. There were quite a lot of Australian people on the tour who had come off a cruise ship and many of them seem to know each other now even if they didn't originally. Our driver Simon seemed very young and perhaps unfairly was at the receiving end of some jokes about his age and whether he was old enough to hold a driving license. However I got the sense that he could give as good as he got and there was quite a lot of banter between him and many of the people on the bus for the duration of the tour.

We started off by going up past the Parliament buildings including the Parliamentary Library

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and then we had a short amount of time to go inside the wooden Old St Paul's Church which has some lovely traditional stained glass windows and a quite unusual wooden ceiling. Having finished there we went to the Botanic Gardens stopping at the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia House. We had a short amount of time to have a look around and I particularly enjoyed the orchids of which there were more than begonias.

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There was also a waterfall and pond which we had a snatched look at. All of the time Simon was giving loads of information about the history and architecture of the City. This was all the more impressive when he told us that this was a part time job to help fund his degree in philosophy and Italian. Once we had been shown round some of the sights of the CBD we were taken to see some of the beaches and bays on the east of the city. The weather was still really wet and windy and this made the sea look really rough and threatening.

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Our final destination was Mount Victoria which is an undeveloped area in the centre of the city. The hill is 196 metres high with great views over the city. However with winds of 50kph, with gusts much stronger, it was hard to stand let alone admire the view. Wellington was certainly living up to its claim of being the windiest city in the world.

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Once the tour had finished we walked back to our hotel as it was pretty unpleasant walking out and about. I decided that I had a lot of emails and some work stuff that I really needed to catch up on, so I stayed back in our apartment while Nigel went to look around Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand. I had mixed feelings and it felt a bit as if I was missing out, but I was also a bit stressed about getting behind with stuff so it seemed worth the sacrifice. We had another home cooked meal which was a blessing as the wind was still howling outside. It hadn't been the best day, but fortunately we had a nice apartment with a view of the harbour and Wellington seemed like a nice place so I was hopeful of a better day tomorrow.

Posted by Gill's Travels 02:13 Archived in New Zealand Tagged sea cities new_zealand wellington

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