Sunday, 16 September 2012

Kaikoura & Our Return to Wellington

We are nearly at the end of our bus tour and our second last stop is Kaikoura, a small beach town on the east coast of the South Island. The main activity here is whale watching and swimming with the dolphins. We did neither – but did see dolphins jumping from shore for free. On the way to Kaikoura we drove through Christchurch to pick up and drop off some passengers. There isn’t much to see here due to recent earth quake devastation; however we did stop at Ohau Point Seal Colony & Peninsula Seal Colony along the high way. Very entertaining creatures indeed.


In the morning we were off to Wellington. We planned a 5 night stay in order to see all that we missed the first time through. We stayed at the downtown Nomads hostel where we had nice clean rooms with an en suite bathroom, good laundry services, and an evening snack included in our fee.
We had a great time with our remaining bus mates on the city hop on/off bus tour – we obviously hadn’t had enough of being on a bus just yet… We saw the Zoo, Weta Caves, rode the Cable Car & wandered the Botanical Gardens.

Wellington. On the way to this lookout we passed many hill side mansions that had their own personal cable cars to access their property, very "flash" as they say.

Walking down Cuba Street. Hoping that this water feature doesn't splash me...

Botanical Garden Gangstahzz

Ahhh that's the life.

Weta Cave - a mini museum of Peter Jackson's creations
Cable Car Ride

Wellington is a great little city. It has beautiful character buildings, creative outdoor sculptures and lots of good food:

-          Burger Fuel
-          Scopa
-          Espressoholic
-          Wholly Bagel & Pizza
Our final stop is back in Auckland. We have missed it and can't wait to be back!


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