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Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
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Trip End Mar 03, 2007


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Monday, February 5, 2007

Woken up by the screeching alarm clock at 4.15 stupid o'clock it took me a while to find my bearings inside my makeshift tent in the backseat of my car, it took me even longer to straighten my buckled kneecaps that had seized at a 45 degree angle from the lack of space available last night. But in time I managed to start the car and drive to the ferry terminal and then onto the ferry itself. Once on board and feeling pretty peckish I decided to get a bite to eat from the cafe before finding out that a simple cheese and tomato sandwich would could more than my fare over the straight. Instead I opted to watch a bit a of 'Biker Build off' on the TV and also popping out to take the occasionally photograph at the misty sounds during a pretty uneventful sunrise.





Once into port I quickly got my game together as I merged with the busiest traffic I have ever driven in and also attempted to juggle a map in one hand as well. Who said men can't multi-task. I ended up parking at Te Papa the awesome museum of New Zealand and heading in for a sneak peak before attempting to find the hostel my mates were staying in to no success.
I managed to find the hostel after having been severely tested first by by Gareths rubbish directions (Not knowing the name of the street or then being able to spell it) and then by the very stressful series of one way systems and detours due to road works.
The Hostel 'Betthovens' was very chilled out to the max and wellington had really turned on the weather, even the infamous winds were minimal. Spent most of the day cruising round and stopping at a few places for the odd pint. I think I have found a very livable city in Wellington, a little rough around the edges, but loads of funk, bars and places to chill out.





The next day I got up and had a pretty decent look around Te Papa again - wicked museum, the best I've ever been to, loads of stuff to do and get involved in. Later in the day we all cruised round town a bit and I lept off to see the Nations Parliament Building the Beehive. It actually looks a lot better in person than on TV I got a couple of good photos including one with the Kiwi flag flying with the beehive behind, very patriotic. During the night we had a few wines and beers chilling in the warm summers evening, and no wind again!

The next and last day in wellington was a pretty chilled out affair again. We ended up down on the nearby beach which was pretty packed due to it being Waitangi day. There was loads going on around town with loads of live shows and music. We even managed to fit in an impromptu game of Basketball, embarrassing ourselves with our lack of skills and frequent air balls.
About 6pm it was time to drive out so after another goodbye to garteh and Lian I was cruising down the motor way with a Austrian guy who I was giving a lift at north. It was a pretty nice drive out with the sun dying out and the hills ablaze in bright orange tones.Ended up driving about 40km out of Wellywood to a place called Paikerikeri on the Kapiti coast with nice views of the nearby sanctuary island of Kapiti.

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