I included Wellington in my New Zealand itinerary for 2 reasons: Interislander ferry between Wellington and Picton - I wanted to approach the Marlborough Sounds by a boat , and for the pictures of the Wellington cable car in the travel guides. What I got was my favorite city in NZ, ( I was not there for the cities but the nature). I loved the location, the size, the views, the culture... So, my adventure started by a very typical windy landing at 8:30am, grabbed some brochures after getting luggage, got on a shuttle, stored my luggage in a hostel, and by 10:00 am I was at the i-site location downtown catching a drizzly walk around town with our awesome guide Gavin. He was passionate about the city, about the geography, political views, culture, and the history, Gavin carried a folder with pictures of what the city used to look like and always found us a spot to stop in an area sheltered from the wind. Without him I wouldn't have noticed all the amazing statues, sculptures and fountains this city has. We learned about the 3 parliament, buildings and even went to the old wooden cathedral at the end of the tour. It lasted longer than the advertised 2 hours and after the two hours were up he continued the tour a bit longer for the two interested participants - guess who was one of them.... I am so glad I did a walking tour as opposed to the hop on /hop off bus. It felt very personal as if a friend was taking me through his town. Later I took the cable car of course, went to Te Papa Museum, and saw a dance concert at the St. James theater, given there was the biennial cultural festival while I was there, I took advantage of it. In the 24 hours I was there there was a canoeing race and a 3K,5K,1/2 marathon and full marathon. Just a lively, lovely place.
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