Wellington is a capital city in every sense of the word.  Last time we were here, even though we stayed for two nights we really only had one full day in the city and, as the weather was wet and windy, it wasn’t the best of experiences.  This time we had three full days, with two of them being warm and sunny – and we fell in love with “windy” Wellington!

We decided to try out a new way of finding accommodation – through AirBnB – which is an online service that provides a platform for individuals to rent out their spare bedrooms to travellers.  It’s a win-win situation as we get to stay somewhere cheaper than commercial rates, and the home owner receives cash for us using their spare bedroom.  If you fancy trying it, let me know and I can send you a link to get money off when you travel.

On our first morning we took a free guided tour of the New Zealand Parliament buildingsaffectionately known as “The Beehive”.  Part of the tour even allowed us access to the floor of the House, which is quite unusual in these days of very tight security.  

We couldn’t visit Wellington without a ride on the Cable Car, (which is really a funicular railway) for great views over the city, after which we strolled back down through the Botanic Gardens, taking our time to look at the many beautiful roses, hydrangeas and trees along the way.

The path took us through Bolton Street Memorial Park until we reached both of St Paul’s cathedrals – the old and the new.

Days two and three saw us driving along the coast to Petone and Eastbourne, spending a couple of hours in the amazing National museum of New Zealand – Te Papa museum and driving to Mount Victoria lookout point for panoramic views over the city, harbour and airport.

Our final visit in Wellington was to the bohemian Cuba Street, a pedestrianised area in the city centre and home to an eclectic collection of cafes, bars, boutique and small fashion stores, art galleries and music shops.  It was here that we heard a young man called Lukas Jury playing a guitar and sat down to listen to him with lots of other people.  Click on the red link of his name and I’m sure you will be blown away too!