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New Zealand Road Trip Part 1: Wellington

Wellington sign

What better way to start our 9 day North Island road trip than from the nation’s capital, Wellington. This is a beautiful city that oversees the Cook Strait, separating the North island from the South.

Where did we stay?

Our main reason for stopping off in Wellington was to visit a close friend of mine who married a Kiwi and now calls the place home.  We stayed at her fabulous house but that doesn’t really help you out, dear reader, as she doesn’t run a B&B.

What did we do?

  • The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa is fantastic.  Not only is it free to get in but there are loads of interactive exhibits for the kids.  The main exhibits are fascinating and a great introduction to New Zealand from how it was formed to modern day culture.
    Te Papa Kids

    Dressing up in Te Papa

    Dressing up in Te Papa

  • New Zealand is in the ‘roaring forties’ which means it does get rather windy, especially Wellington. That said, if you’re lucky with the weather, you might want to head to one of the lovely beaches.  We went to Scorching Bay which has an awesome milkshake place over the road.  Apparently Peter Jackson lives nearby too…
    Scorching Bay - Wellington
  • Wander around downtown Wellington.  Not the most inspiring of downtowns I’ve seen but there is a cool Bucket Fountain!
    Wellington bucket fountain

Where did we eat?

  • Unfortunately I can’t share too many restaurant tips for Wellington as our friends cooked up some great meals at their home.  However, we ate delicious pizzas at Scopa and drank superb milkshakes at Scorch-a-rama on Scorching Bay.

    Chocolate milkshake with added flake...

    Chocolate milkshake with added flake…

    For tips on how to plan a road trip in New Zealand click here
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