Walking: Start at the top and work down.
Wellington is quite compactly squished between harbor and steep hills. Nearly all of the city is built on "reclaimed land" built out into the harbor - it's quite amazing to see a sign for the "original shore line" several blocks into town. Also earthquakes are a regular occurrence with noticeable ones happening several times a year (one was in the news just 3 days after we moved left).
|The Cable Car is a great way to get to|
Botanic Garden at the top of the hill!
|Linger over the interesting|
carved headstones on your
way back to the city.
Time For Lunch
For lunch, we took the recommendation of some locals and made our way across the harbor a bit to the Chocolate Fish Cafe. They specialize in BBQ Seafood sandwiches with garlic aioli and watercress. It's a quirky, casual place with a lovely outdoor deck I had the crayfish fritter sandwich (yum) and they also feature whitebait, scallop, mussel, a fresh fish of the day, among several others. Definitely recommended but may be a bit difficult to get to without a car or a bike.
Sights to See
|Cuba St. is your stop for|
Meandering through the city back toward the waterfront, you'll notice the great sculptures sprinkled along your path. The fern motif is a recurring theme in New Zealand, in honor of the "Silver Fern" which is an important symbol to New Zealanders.
If you've got a few extra hours, you may want to venture to one of Wellington's top tourist attractions, the Te Papa museum. Although we did not get a chance to visit, our local friends gave it a big thumbs up. And entrance is free, so you can afford to pop in and check it out.
If modern movie-making is more your thing, Wellington's Weta Cave gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the visual effects team behind this decade's hottest movies, like Lord of the Rings and Avatar. It's also free!
After a long day trekking around the city, head down to the waterfront district for some of the best dining and people watching. We enjoyed Foxglove in the Queens Wharf district for its modern and inspired outdoor bar area and its artfully presented, delicious food.
Getting to Wellington:
Domestic flights are inexpensive and frequent from Auckland and various points on the South Island - we found that booking through Air New Zealand directly (make sure to use the domestic / NZ website for best fares) or through Web Jet made it easy. Wellington is also the launch point for the ferry between the North and South Island.
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