Wellington

Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
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Sunday, January 27, 2008

We had a light breakfast with Bonnie then drove in to Upper Hutt. We left the car in the train station car park, and got accosted by a lady who told us she lived in USA, but was back on holiday, that she was an accountant and spoke French and was doing some charity work over here, then asked us if we'd buy some bread! We must have a certain look about us, anyway we didn't buy any bread as our train was on it's way. The train is so much nicer than we have in the UK. Either folk just don't trash them the same way or the operators actually cleans and maintains them better?

On the way to Wellington we passed a racetrack, there must have been a big flashy meet on today as there were lots of women dolled up to the nines, with big hats and high heals. Neither Robert or I could resist comparing them to the those on an Australian film we saw called Kenny (get it, it's good). I thought we were smart enough in our shorts & t-shirts to go, but we decided against it. On to Welly.....

We had the most excellent view of Wellington from the train as we approached the city. It is really quite pretty looking for a city. We got a street map from a backpackers hostel and walked round the harbour front to Te Papa museum. It's free and it's awesome. Take the kids, honestly, the exhibitions are good, informative and you can touch stuff. It's mainly about the formation of the earth and how the continents divided and how it's still moving and will impact NZ in the future. Also a section on wild and sea life is good. Outside they have a bush walk where they're trying to encourage some native plants and animals to live. Upstairs they have a large Maori display which is very informative.

Eventually we were driven from this place by my hunger pangs, I needed food. We found a place called Abera-Kebab-erah (or something like it anyway). It was a great kebab place and Robert & I shared a meal. We then had a slow wander back to the train station via some record shops, I bought Hairspray on DVD (the shake & shimmy special edition, so you can sing and dance along - woo hoo!) I don't think I'm gonna get Robert to join in somehow!

On the train back to Upper Hutt we discovered that New Zealanders aren't that different to many English folk in that the racing was over and we saw many a pissed up rabble staggering about, jeering on making an annoyance of themselves. Reminds us of home....

We collected the car and got back to Bonnies. We watched TV and chatted with her then watched Hairspray (the normal movie version).
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