Wellington, New Zealand

We only spent one day in Wellington on our way down to the South Island, but it surprised us by becoming one of our favorite days of the whole trip. Wellington is one of the smallest capital cities in the world. Set right on the water, we quickly discovered how the nickname Windy Welly came to be. A quaint and walkable town, we definitely decided that Wellington is worth more than a brief stopover. Next time we will be back for more!

Pack... Layers. Especially that windbreaker to keep the wind out.

Sleep... We didn't stay a night in Wellington, but will be sure to next time.

See...  Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand, is well known for its interactive experience and is the "must visit" site in Wellington. We ran out of time and din't get to do this, but heard it's a lot of fun. As New Zealand's creative capital, Wellington is home to over 55 galleries and museums, so a good stop for art lovers! 

Read... Lonely Planet New Zealand. We discovered all of the bars & restaurant below in this guide book and were not led astray!

 

{ eat }

Olive - We split a delicious, traditional New Zealand "brekkie" here. Brekkie quickly became a favorite meal throughout the trip - eggs, toast, sausage, bacon, hash browns and towns of veggies. Simple and delicious. This cafe was so adorable and cozy, it had a sweet European feel to it. 

Little Panang - We grabbed takeout from here on our way to catch the ferry and ended up eating on the pier as our ferry docked. I wish I could remember what we ordered. I had spicy noodles (obviously) and Clark had a curry. We both agree this was one of our favorite meals of the trip/life. Ever. Spicy and delicious and so so good. 

{ drink }

Goldings - After wandering around for a bit we finally found this bar that Clark wanted to check out. He quickly made friends with the bar tender - who surprisingly but fun for us was serving a few Colorado beers. Definitely a fun spot if you have a few hours to kill. 

 

 

 

{ September 2015 }