Staying in Wellington two nights means we all can sleep in as no sill o’clock bus to get. All refreshed with breakfast by 11, myself, Swedish Ida and Welsh Harry and Alex head out to explore the city. Stopping off mainly for the morning at the shops as the lads need to buy new jeans and shoes, we eventually do a more touristy thing with a trip to the CABLE CARS . A fun little ride up through a tunnel with multi coloured lights, reminding me a little of going through Charlie and the chocolate factory. The cable car is an old style one and is cool running every 10minutes and only costing $7.50 (£3) return so a bargain really.
At the top the view is nice of all of Auckland and sea. Not much at the top apart from the CABLE MUSUEN, which doesn’t really have much apart from documentaries it is playing and makes us all laugh as it is abut the local houses all having their own cable cars to get up and down and the stories they tell are quite funny to watch and funny seeing the cable car go up to their house. There is a nice café there and Swedish Ida and I share a carrot cake that is so big and enjoy tea looking out over the whole of Auckland as great views. Staying there for about an hour, we then head to TE PAPA museum via the city, which is sort of interesting. Not a crazy amount to see, but the harbour area is nice with fountains and lots of morred boats in the marina. Even has a set of steps people jump off into the harbour – slightly a mad idea as the water doesn’t look that clean and appealing, but there are a few people doing it.
In the museum it is quite big with 6 floors and is quite cool all about NZ with outside area showing the caves, glow worms, rainforest and old rocks (apparently one of the oldest!). The other subjects are about the earthquakes giving an earthquake simulation, showing volcanoe eruptions to the animals, history of Mauri, the issue of land being taken to even more random things. The exhibitions of some of the things are a bit questionable, such as odd looking rabbits and dogs. It got us all chuckling away.
We bump into Holland Gin, UK Charlotte and Billy and we all decide to try out the WW1 EXHIBITION they have done by Peter Jackeson. It is free and really interesting, but takes a lot of time. All about the Anzac soldiers and their story during the war is so interesting, as a lot of soldiers fought and it was a quite brutal way vs the Turkish as so close and went on so long. Some good interactive things to do like shoot with a periscope like you would have done from the trenches and a few 3D films and huge big lifelike models of some of the key and well known soldiers. All done very well. We spend the rest of the afternoon there probably about 2-3hours before heading back to the shops. Welsh Harry and I do the full length of CUBA street, which is a very cool street reminding me a little of Camden as full of funky bars and shops each with a lot of character. This would be a great place over a weekend, but as we are there midweek it is very quite out and about.
Back at the hostel everyone has some chill time, before heading to the basement bar area for the BASE free food. Not as nice as the previous night as it is stir fry, it is still good idea to give free food. The basement bar is qite funky and has walls made of lots of jeagar bottles and the toilets walls made from records.
Amsterdam Frank arrives too tonight and that is so cool to see him in NZ travelling all the east coast with him pretty much. Its funny how he took time out with family and then ended up on the kiwi bus before me, so nice to see a friendly face. He heads out to the BASE pub crawl, while we stay a bit before heading out, but eventually meeting in a bar ELECTRIC AVENUE that is packed with again locals out for work parties. A fun vibe and lots of dancing, the rest of the group decide to head home and so Amsterdam Frank and I hang out for rest of the night staying in that bar for a bit, before leaving and stopping at a live music bar and then revisiting the ESTABLISHMENT doing a dance off with the local guys, which is really lots of fun. Amsterdam Frank has some good moves and I think beats them hands down! A much later night than intended as up early to catch the ferry, it is hard to leave early when reunited with a mate and in a cool NZ city as Wellington whilst being quiet has a funky vibe.
27th April 2016