It actually feels weird to write a blog post with a negative title… and to be honest, negative spin on the entire post. As you’ve probably guessed by the title, todays blog post is all about Wellington and the disappointment we faced when arriving there. Wellington was the final stop on the North Island, before our road trip continued down South. We arrived into Wellington, struggled to park and then began to explore. Let’s start with why it was so disappointing.
// Wellington – It’s Disappointments \\
Don’t get me wrong, it’s the capital of New Zealand, it’s a city and it’s also home to the ferry ports down to the South Island. I understand that this place is going to be busy. However, we arrived into Wellington at about midday on a Friday, we drove into the city and hunt out somewhere to park. Upon parking on the very top floor, of a very high multi-storey, we discovered that to park here was going to cost $4 per half an hour… Yeah that’s right, per half an hour!! It was the only place we could find to park, so we had to suck it up and drop some serious dollar on parking.
We then started to explore, making our way down to the docks. Yes this part of the city was nice, with places to eat and a great atmosphere… but that was about it. We walked into the centre of town where the shops were located, to find not a lot of shops. For a capital city, we just felt there really wasn’t much going on at all. When we had been blessed with so many beautiful places in New Zealand, Wellington was definitely a bit of a disappointment in comparison. That’s not to say it’s not a lovely place but in comparison to the rest of the country, it hasn’t got a leg to stand on.
// Wellington – Things To Do \\
Regardless of its disappointments, we still wanted to make the most of our time in the city and get out & about to see things. And as I said, it’s weird to write a blog post with a negative spin on it, so with that said, I still want to give you some kind of guide to the city and hook you up with things you can do whilst you’re there.
One of the more interesting things to do with your time in Wellington is head up on the cable car. A short 5 minute ride to the top of the mountain, you’re spoiled with 360 views of Wellington. On a hot sunny day, the ride to the top followed by a beer is just short of heaven. This really is a great way to see Wellington in all it’s glory. Like I mentioned already, heading down to the docks is a great way to spend an afternoon. Taking a walk along the interesting waterfront, stopping at different cafes or restaurants, is a very pleasant way to kill time in Wellington.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the best part of our trip to Wellington was the food we ate. Walking along the front, we came across this guy with a huge queue of people, waiting to try his food. Soon realising he was serving homemade burritos, we joined the queue and eagerly awaited our food. Hands down, the best burrito I’ve ever had. He was so funny with all the customers, such a nice guy and didn’t at all crack under pressure of the boiling sunshine and growing queues. I would highly recommend you check him out if you’re down that way.
// Wellington – Where To Stay \\
Wanting an Airbnb in the city? Good luck. It’s a capital city, not many people have spare properties lying around here. So it’s time to get creative with your accomodation options. Needless to say, there are hundreds of hotels to pick from in the city if you’re just wanting somewhere central, close to the ferry terminals and easy going. Parking is nearly never included with the cost of the hotel, so be prepared to fork out around $30 for overnight parking at your hotel. Equally, if you’re loving the Airbnb lifestyle, look just outside the city. 2 neighbouring towns to Wellington are Upper & Lower Hutt. Both lovely towns just outside the city with plenty of Airbnb homes. We stayed in Lower Hutt which was about a 20 minute drive from the city centre and the ferry terminal. Another great night stay and again if you fancy staying there, just click >> HERE <<
Apologies for the Debbie Downer post today, but you know me… keeping it real! With all of this said, don’t let it put you off from visiting, after all if you’re wanting to head to the South Island by boat, you really don’t have a choice. Talking of the ferry crossing: you have 2 options, Bluebridge and Interislander. Interislander works out to be a little more expensive with Bluebridge costing us $333 for 4 people and a car, one way. Tip: Book in advance to ensure you can get the cheaper tickets and actually make the crossing. It’s about 3.5 hours in duration and take sea sickness tablets, the crossing can be rough! Make sure you constantly have your camera to hand as you’ll be passing through Marlborough Sounds and most likely, you’ll see Dolphins… just like we did as we were leaving Wellington!
I hope this post has helped & not totally put you off Wellington. Don’t worry, when blog posts resume on Wednesday, we’ll be back to normal with cheery, destination guides in more stunning locations throughout New Zealand.
| By Harrison |