Today finds our sore bodies in the small city of Wellington. Wellington is also known as a “windy city”, and it’s definitely lived up to its name! Despite that, we’ve managed to still have a great time here.
We arrived on “Easter Sunday” and found out that New Zealanders take Easter very seriously. Stores close for Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and they also have an Easter Monday, which is combined with ANZAC day (commemorating WWII vets), making today a double holiday. As a result, we arrived yesterday to a virtual ghost town. For example, we were in the small suburb town of Kilbirne, looking for a quick bite. The only apparently open restaurants were KFC and Subway. Neither was too appealing to us, but while trying to decide on the lesser of 2 evils, we turned up one street and found 2 Chinese restaurants. Thank goodness for Chinese people always in business!
After our Chinese bite, we had plans to go to the Kingdom Hall for the Sunday meeting. We drove up to the KH, and lo and behold, it was gated and closed, too! Oh well, we tried…
Today, some stores were also closed, but thank goodness, an awesome Wellington museum called Te Papa was open. This museum was massive, with a variety of exhibits ranging from kiwi art to Maori art, to fashion, to marine life, to geological formations. It’s like the Met, the MoMA, and the Museum of Natural History all rolled up into one! There was no way we were going to do it all in one visit, so we didn’t even try. After the museum, we had a very yummy brunch at a former “Life Savers’ Club”, with beautiful views of the beach and kite-surfers. Then, we visited another Wellington gallery, did some shopping, hopped on a Wellington cable car, ate a lamb’s rump dinner (trust me, it tastes a LOT better than it sounds…), and had a pint from a local brewery. I must say, we’ve definitely made the most of our limited time here!