We caught the bus to Wellington just outside the site at 9am. Beautiful journey around the bay took about 30 minutes to get into the centre. We had to get our bearings and then headed for the tourist information office. Very helpful people in there and we booked a city sightseeing tour – hop on hop off minibus. We had to wait for about 50 mins for the next one so guess what? – We had a drink and a cake while we were waiting. We decided that there were 3 things we wanted to see – Sheepskin Warehouse – Houses of Parliament – Cable Cars. After passing various notable landmarks we got off at the Sheepskin Warehouse. We were a bit disappointed at most of the prices but Sandra tried on some Ugg boots but they didn’t fit properly. There was a terrific WW2 leather & sheepskin flying jacket for about $1400 - £650 – I can’t understand why Sandra didn’t want me to buy it. Then it was on to Government House and we arrived just in time to join a tour. The MP’s weren’t sitting so we were able to go into the debating chamber. It was really fascinating and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We ate our lunch in the grounds along with lots of other people doing the same thing. We continued our tour and finished at the top of the cable car ride. Time for a drink and a walk around the botanical gardens with some spectacular views over Wellington.
Then it was time to get on the cable car down into the city centre. It only took 4 minutes but it beat walking down!
We wandered through the shops & bought a couple of things – I bought a new pair of sandals in the sale to replace the old ones I was wearing. There were sales everywhere – One shop had a sign which said, “30% OFF THE BLOODY LOT.” We then caught the bus back to our site – it was rush hour and it took nearly an hour.
Tomorrow it’s Whanganui (www.wrivertop10.co.nz) and our site is by the river.