We recently had a few days in Wellington. I always enjoy visiting Wellington, going to old haunts and discovering new ones. We stayed in the motorhome at the car park by the Evan’s Bay boat club. This is a great spot for motorhomers. There are always a range of vans here from very large to small. The bus route is nearby. One day we walked into the city, cycled another and caught the bus on the wet day. There is a food market by Te Papa on Sundays. Great for breakfast and to stock up with fruit and vegetables for the week. It is a 5km ride from Evan’s Bay to Te Papa around the coast, interesting too. From Evan’s Bay it’s an interesting drive along Shelly Bay Rd through Shelly Bay, Scorching Bay and Worser Bay where we watched yachts racing, then over the hill to Seatoun and Mirimar.
Te Papa has joined forces with Weta Workshop to create the amazing exhibition – Gallipoli, The Scale of our War. This is well worth visiting with the incredible larger than life size models, photos and letters telling how supplies weren’t getting through and they were sick and tired. Very emotional. Exhibition runs until April 2018. Allow a few hours, or do a return visit, there is so much to see and take in. Te Papa is the national museum and art gallery of NZ. It is a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor focused experiences.
We also visited the Wellington Museum on Queen’s Wharf, not far from Te Papa. It is in a heritage building on the waterfront. It offers an insight into the social and cultural history of Wellington. It takes you on a journey through Wellington’s past, present and future. The Wahine disaster was particularly worth seeing.
Museum visits over, time for relaxation. Off to a small boutique bar – LBQ is on Edwards St near McDonalds on Manners St. If you enjoy boutique beer this is the place to go. Over 100 beers on sale! Wellington’s beer geek heaven.
If you are a cyclist take a trip to Island Bay to see their new cycle way – but maybe not on your bike! A number of local cyclists are not using it saying it is dangerous. We have certainly never seen anything like it with the footpath, next to that is the cycle lane, then a gap lane, then the lane to park and leave your car while you go shopping – or into your house if you are unlucky enough to live on this part of The Parade – then the lane when cars drive. It will be interesting to see how long it stays like this before being reconfigured.
Websites : http://www.gallopoli.tepapa.govt.nz.