Day 13 Wellington
05.03.2013 - 05.03.2013 19 °C
The Wild Wet Wind of Wellington
Actually was a "bet chelley" this morning with a light southerly blowing up from the Antartic but still no rain. Did get to around 20 degrees so still quite a bit of bite in the sun when out of the breeze. They do celebrate the wind here with sculptures along the main drag which react to the velocity of the wind.
Very leisurely day with a guided tour of the city the only organised activity. Climbed our way up and then further up and again up until we reached the look out on Mt Victoria with 360 views of this hilly city. Can't believe the slopes they build on. Around our way there are many with a funicular tramway to get them up to their homes. No roadside parking. And that is just the rich people who pay to have helicopters drop in their big items. Now know why the All Black have such powerful legs.
Next stop was the Weta Cave. This is the factory complex responsible for all the props and prosthetics used in the Peter Jackson movies and others.
Then across town and up again to the botanical gardens and views from the other side of the harbour. Caught the tramway down the hill to the middle of the shopping complex - Lambton Quay which is now about 250 metres from the waterfront but was the waterfront before the earthquake of 1840. Markers along the street show the old shoreline. Hard to grasp these cataclysmic changes occurring so recently. Can't imagine what Christchurch will look like. Along this fault line mountains appear and land comes and goes. And still they build on the sides of the hills. Coming into the harbour feels a bit like Santorini with all these flash white homes perched on the hills but there are still trees here. Also a bit like San Francisco.
Nice lunch and then a leisurely walk back to our hotel.
Dinner on the waterfront at the Mac Brewery Hotel.