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Sunday, 20 May 2007 : Filed under: Wellington E-Mail This Article

Cable car and scenic view of Wellington city and harbor – Wellington, New Zealand


Comment by josh — May 20, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

After a long day of driving, we arrived in Wellington, the southern-most city in New Zealand’s north island. Wellington is the capitol of New Zealand (we saw parliament), and is known for being extremely windy, as the mountains form a wind tunnel. All the wind is forced through the channel between the north and south islands. Luckily for us, the weather was beautiful. While we were there it was warm and sunny with virtually no wind.

Wellington is the second largest city in New Zealand with 400,000 people. Downtown was pretty compact, but felt like a big city when you were down there. Tons of shops, restaurants, etc. The city is surrounded by hills/mountains with lots of houses up there.

We took the cable car pictured above to the top of one of the hills where there is a university, and botanical gardens. We strolled through the gardens on our way back into the city, and then spent the day hanging out in town.

Comment by dad — May 20, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

Looking for botanical gardens pictures. ;^) You made it to wellington! Great. Thanks for the description of the town. Nice pic – I like the perspective. Looks like a pretty nice place for a city. Does it feel sort of like Seattle or Portland or something like that? Or maybe like Chicago since it’s so windy? But chicago is flat. So is it still wine country around there? or sheep country? And what makes it such good wine country anyway? The ocean make for a long fall ripening season? Have a fun ferry ride!

Comment by josh — May 21, 2007 @ 9:04 am

I’m not sure what it felt like exactly. Lots of the houses reminded me of some of the older houses in Minneapolis. Not sure why, but that is what came to mind.

Most of the wine is from Hawkes Bay (north east of Wellington) or Marlborough (north of south island). I’m not sure what makes it so good. I think a lot of it is from the volcanic soil, and I guess the climate is good for growing grapes.

Not sure if I have any botanical garden pics… I will take a look. Glad you have started to chime in Dad, it’s good to hear from you :-) .

Comment by josh — May 21, 2007 @ 9:08 am

Okay here are a few pics from the gardens. Besides the rose, I don’t know what they are, so don’t ask :) .

Wellington Botanical Gardens

Wellington Botanical Gardens

Wellington Botanical Gardens

Comment by Peg Moore — May 21, 2007 @ 9:41 am

Did you take the pictures of the plants or did Beth (or Sheryl)? *Excellent* photos! I love them for their color, design, and more; Dad’ll love ‘em for their botanical aspects, too, (of which I have barely a clue ;-) ). Luv!

Comment by josh — May 21, 2007 @ 10:07 am

Thanks Mum. <— that is Kiwi for mom
I took them.

Comment by Eva — February 25, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

Wen Wellington can the capital city of New Zealend

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