All posts tagged: Wellington

Tiny little stumbling stones on my South Island road trip

After a little sickness had delayed my departure from Wanaka I finally jumped into my packed car on Tuesday and hit the road northwards. And oh, what a feeling of freedom! Reminded me of the good old road trip times with Goldie & Maggie last year. On day two and after a night in Christchurch the hassle started showing up on the horizon – first with a little drizzle which soon turned into a major storm along the coast. Windy as (it was) I decided to have a little break and parked Fugly (my f…. ugly car) on a parking spot between the road and the Pacific. Well, those who have ever been in Fugly before know that the sliding door window slightly opens up – something I tried to fix with duct tape. But obviously not well enough for the mighty storm which went over New Zealand’s east coast that day. When I got out of the car to re-attach the tape I almost got blown away and hurried back into the car – …

Welcome to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand & people-watching

I had a fantastic drive from New Plymouth down to Wellington. Last time we had taken the coastal route (Surf Highway 45) west of Mt. Taranaki so I opted for the inland route this time, going around Mt. Taranaki on its east side. I stopped a couple of times to enjoy the mountain views, then later in Wanganui for a coffee break, in Foxton to explore some second hand book shops (and the world’s best Goldie shop – a true must-see!) and in Paraparaumu to see the beach. It gets dark quite early over here so when I got into Wellington just after five it was already night-time – which doesn’t really help finding your way when you don’t know the city very well. Plus, Wellington seems to only have one way streets so you better know your way around when you get there without a GPS. A map in one hand and the steering wheel in the other one I tried to find a specific street in Te Aro when all of a sudden …