Wellington Journals

Wellington

A March 2005 trip to Wellington by noushi

Quote: Having been traveling around New Zealand for 2 weeks, I was excited to visit the capital. I really loved it here and thought it surpassed Auckland.

Wellington

Overview

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Named after a boot, Wellington also gets a lot of bad jokes about its wind problem too, but don't let that put you off. It may be smaller than Auckland, but it has so much more to offer. With the opening of the long-awaited Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand, the waterfront is alive again. The Courtenay Place neighborhood has one of the best bar, cafe, and restaurant scenes in the country, and some say there are enough restaurants per capita to rival New York City. My rented car was useful for exploring hillier areas beyond the city centre. At the southern end of town, above Oriental Bay, a climb up Mount Victoria lookout gave a spectacular 360-degree view of the city, the harbou...Read More

Wellington YHA

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Hotel

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Starting on a positive note, this is a favorite stop for tourists; families; and school, cultural, and sports groups who appreciate space, cleanliness, and comfort at an affordable price. Once again, location is the prime attraction, and rooms are well situated. A complete refurbishment was carried out in 2001, doubling the size of the establishment, and in 2003, they were hard at work again sprucing things up; you'll see nice little touches, such as hammocks and old armchairs in the wide corridors. Internet and postal services are available, and a group lounge acts as a great social spot. There is a well-equipped kitchen and a supermarket just across the road. All transport and other YHA bookings can...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 28, 2005

Wellington YHA
Cambridge Terrace and Wakefield Streets,
Wellington, New Zealand

Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

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Attraction

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Okay, this was not what I expected. The flyer at the YHA was misleading in the fact that I thought you would be able to see other things than just bugs, birds, and trees. However, it was a very memorable evening. For $45 NZ, Nigel will you pick you up from the centre of town and drive you to the sanctuary. You need to know, which I soon realized, that you will only really enjoy this tour if you are fascinated with birds/ducks and trees; otherwise, I'm telling you, you will not enjoy it like the other enthusiasts on the trip. Bring a good pair of boots that you don't mind getting dirty and that are comfy, as you do a 3km walk in the dark that lasts around 2 hours. There are no lights illumating the p...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 30, 2005

Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
Waiapu Rd
Wellington, New Zealand 6005
+64 (0)4 920 9200

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Wellington is home to New Zealand's government. The parliament buildings started to be built in 1912, but building was delayed due to World War I, and they were completed in 1918. This Edwardian, neoclassical building was never completed. You will notice that the main entrance steps are off center, which is because the southern wing of the parliament buildings was never built. Instead, the proposed site for this is now taken up by the Beehive built in 1981. It is named the Beehive because of its external shape. The parliament grounds are immaculate and great for photos. Most public tours run on the hour, departing from the ground-floor foyer of the Parliament House at the following times: Weekdays ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 31, 2005

The Beehive and Parliamnet Building
Lambton Quay and Molesworth Street
Wellington, New Zealand

Te Papa Tongarewa

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Attraction | "Te Papa National Museum"

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I am not very fond of museums normally, but this is a MUST-SEE! This is a great museum and a good place to take kids. You will learn almost everything there is to know about New Zealand, including its history and culture from the very beginning to the present. You will see an exhibit about New Zealand's natural forces, including earthquakes, volcanoes, and plants and animals. Bush City is an outdoor exhibit that recreates New Zealand's natural habitats. A great exhibit is dedicated to the Maori culture, and other exhibits include the history of immigration to New Zealand, the significance of sheep to the country, and an art gallery. Te Papa is definitely worth a visit. Forget just looking at obje...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 5, 2005

Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable St
Wellington, New Zealand 6001
+64 (4) 381 7000

Mount Victoria

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Attraction | "Mt Victoria"

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This iconic mountain (196m) is one of Wellington's best lookout spots, affording spectacular 360-degree views of the city and harbour and across to Hutt Valley and the eastern harbour. From the car park, walk up a short flight of steps leading up to the lookout; here are some good views of the city waterfront and docks. Next to the car park, at the top, is the Byrd Memorial honouring US aviator and explorer Richard Byrd, the first man to fly over the South Pole. If you haven't got access to a car, you can catch bus no. 20 (Mondays to Fridays) from the train station or Courtenay Place. You can also walk up as part of the Southern Walkway.With the city spread below you around the harbour area and the su...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Mount Victoria
Alexandra Lookout Road
Wellington, New Zealand 6001
+64 0(4) 802 4860 (V