Day 7: Wellington (Rover Rings Tour)
Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
17Trip End Aug 20, 2012
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Breakfast was at 7:45 today, and I took an apple for later. Then our "Rover Rings" Lord of the Rings tour started at 8:30am. It was me, Jessie, Sheryl, Bethan, Steph, and Steven who did the half-day tour, and Mark was the only one doing the full day tour. They actually put us in completely separate groups, so Mark was the only Contiki person on his tour, and we barely saw him all day.
The tour ended up being better than I expected it to be
Once we got back from the tour, it was about 1pm. Jessie and I met up with Kay-Marie, and we went out to explore Wellington. We went to the free Te Papa Museum, which ended up being a really great way to spend the afternoon. We also ran into Jo, Louise, and Crystal at the museum. After that, we tried to find Jessie St. so that Jessie could get a picture with the sign. Unfortunately, there was a fire on the street, so it was full of firetrucks, and we had to walk all the way around to get to the other side where there was a sign. It was sooo worth it, though (lolnotreally).
We also got to see the bucket fountain on Cuba street, and we found an awesome gelato place. Jessie finally got to try the hokey pokey ice cream she was told she haaaad to try, and I got some awesome dark chocolate gelato (but I don't remember what Kay-Marie had). On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at a convenience store where I bought some chips. Then I went back to the room and ate my stolen apple and my chips to tide me over until Jessie's birthday dinner.
Jessie picked a restaurant called "One Red Dog" that was supposed to have pizza. She had the dude at the front desk of the hotel make a reservation for us, but apparently he made it for some other restaurant with the same name. We also had four extra people, so even if we found the restaurant that he made the reservation for, we'd have to make twelve people fit at a table meant for eight. So, we decided to aimlessly wander the streets of Wellington with twelve people, balloons, and a cake and hope that we'd stumble upon a restaurant that had room for us.
Luckily, we did eventually find a place. There were people who were already sitting at the only big table, but they looked like they were getting ready to leave, so we hovered until they did and then stole their table. Jessie and I split a cheese pizza, and we all had chocolate cake thanks to Morgan and Kerri. Ketan was in charge of cutting it, and every piece was a different size. He claimed that he was basing the sizes on how much he loved us, so I was surprised when I got the biggest piece. He said it was because I was his "special friend," which was really creepy. I only ate about 1/3 of my cake, but it was pretty good. Jessie seemed really happy with her card and her dinner, so I'm glad we could make her birthday special even though she couldn't be with her family.