Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
46Trip End Jul 26, 2012
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On Tuesday I revisited the brilliant Botanic Gardens which I briefly saw with Brian in February. I took the cable car up to the gardens and spent a couple of hours wandering around admiring the not-blooming flowers (it's Winter!) and the beautifully laid-out gardens. If you remember from my last blog, I went on the piss with a French girl called Suzanne the other night but conversation was sparse as her English stinks and I learned nothing about her. Well! There she was digging up a patch of earth in the Chinese Garden or something! (I think she's a volunteer), what a co-incidence!
Anyway, I digress, after having my photo's taken (only for you, you understand) by some random Chinese people with Wellington behind me, I spent a few hours in the Carter Observatory, where I learned all about astronomy and the stars and galaxies
In the evening, I got pissed (again) and fell asleep!
Wednesday was very cloudy and rain was definitely in the air so I chose to visit Zealandia (as you do) which is New Zealand's ultimate eco-sanctuary experience (so the blurb says). I took the free shuttle from the iSite building (tourist office for my UK subjects) and 10 minutes later ended up in this great wildlife sanctuary fenced off from the plebs in Wellington Central to and is located in a huge valley where there's a dam and a couple of lakes and lots of bush! I had a nice guided tour by this rather lonely volunteer guide who looked rather lost until I turned up with my pink umbrella (borrowed from the visitor centre, I swear!) so she had someone to enthuse to about the place to. She took me to the bird feeders where all the birds I saw on Tiri Tiri Matangi were there! And robins....again!! But it was good, after an hour her time with me was up and she went home to leave me to do the Round the Lake loop track which in between the heavy rain showers was great for photography.
In the evening, I got pissed and fell asleep!
After that, I went back to the hostel to leave my jacket as it was getting to be a very warm and extremely sunny day (too much info, I know) and make my way to Queens's wharf (why are they always called Queen's wharf??) to catch the ferry across the harbour to Day's Bay which is a beautiful bay with a beach, restaurants, bars, bars, and a few more bars. I spent a few hours sitting on benches strangely situated on the beach (see photos) listening to my huge music collection on my iPod. It was warm, sunny and very relaxing. I then caught the ferry back to Wellington and to my computer where I am writing this blog with a very handy glass of Chardonnay (don't know how it got here, honest!). Later, I will be popping over to the Continental for a glass of...................
Don't know yet what I will be doing tomorrow, so stay tuned.....
See ya soon x