Travel to Wellington New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand.
The city that can BLOW you away!
Our final destination in our travel to New Zealand in the North Island is Wellington.
We enroute to Napier, the Art Deco city in the North Island, for a look-see and as a stopover as it a long drive to Wellington. If you don’t have a car hire in New Zealand, you can book a flight with Air New Zealand.
It is a pity that we can’t stay on for a night as this seems to be a lovely little town in the North Island. We had breakfast in a nice local café, Ujazi.
There’s something about this place; it’s warm, friendly and cosy. We enjoyed the food and it was value for money. If you are in for a caffeine fix, Ujazi serves great coffee! We continued our North Island journey to Wellington.
We have been told about how windy Wellington is. But the truth is, it is windier than we truly expect! At some point, I almost take this city out of our itinerary but sure glad I did not. Some friends tell us that it is just another New Zealand city but it is not!
Wellington is sophisticated and artistic. In my opinion, it has one of the nicest and impressive architecture in New Zealand. Many of the old historical buildings are restored and used for commercial purposes. You can find cafes, restaurants and retail shops housed in some of these characteristic buildings during your New Zealand travel.
I find the shopping here trendier and more exciting than Auckland. If you have the time, you can start from Lambton Quay to Willis Street and into Cuba Mall. You won’t be short of places to get a good New Zealand gift.
One of my favourite shops is ‘Living Nature’ which has a flagship store in Lambton Quay. This is a locally owned skin/body care company from Kerikeri. It is organic, natural and affordably priced. Despite the cold winds and rain, we spent a day at the waterfront and the famous Te Papa museum. We got there after a few pit stops from the strong winds – typical of Wellington weather.
Wellington is a compact place and you can get around the city quite easily by foot. Most attractions can be seen via the excellent public transport If you can park your rental car in your accommodation, do so. Driving can be a hassle in the city.
The restaurant, bar and cafe scenes here is amongst the liveliest in New Zealand. This city is so cosmopolitan. I particularly adore the elegance in the architecture. Old with character.
We had lunch at Smith the Grocer, housed in the Old Bank Arcade. This seems a popular place for working corporates during lunch, and it is often booked for corporate functions in the evening. You can find a wide variety of ready-to-eat and specialty items. The food is casual and the atmosphere, very lively and relaxed.
As a mother to a one year old, I often find it a comfort to see a well-stocked grocery store when I travel. This is most important when I need to pick up a few items to cook for the little one. So if you are in my shoes or if you plan to do some cooking in your motel or apartment in Wellington, you will like New World Metro, a city supermarket on Willis Street.
It is better stocked (not cheaper) than 7-Eleven or some of those 24-hour convenience store.
Since it was raining that evening, we pampered ourselves with some fine New Zealand cuisine at Bisque, the fine dining restaurant in our hotel (The Bolton). This restaurant boasts a reputation for fine cuisine by award-winning chefs. It seems a little inappropriate to have Clayton in that kind of fine restaurant – dim lights, fine cutlery, impeccable service. But we were house guests so no one is complaining…
Bisque also serves delicious cooked breakfasts. This was where I had the best New Zealand pancakes too! Don’t forget to make a trip to the Botanic Gardens. It is so convenient getting there.
Hop up the Kelburn Cable Car along Lambton Quay (next to McDonald’s) and you will get there. Besides, the view is splendid on a cloudless day. Just be prepared for very strong New Zealand winds and the cold if you are here on a less than perfect day.
See Wellington in a different light right here…
Well, if you can afford the time, step into the cafe next to the Botanic Gardens. Having a cuppa surrounded with lushing greens is a great way to spend a leisure afternoon.
Our trip in the North Island ends as we cross over to the south via the Interislander – The Lynx. If you have a car hire in New Zealand, this is where you return your rental car and pick a new one at Picton.
Ok… they say ‘pictures speak a thousand words’. So I’ll let our North Island pictures do the talking…
Shots of Wellington city from The Lynx.
The viewing deck in The Lynx is a nice place to enjoy the sea view.
Our travel to Wellington New Zealand is a memorable on with the ferry experience. Make plans for this trip if you can afford the time. It’s truly a great encounter for every New Zealand tourist.