So this Easter holiday we flew to Wellington. Thank god I had packed well for B, because its crazy windy there! but its a good weekend escape to unwind. and M really needed one (i think!).
We took the 7.00am flight from Auckland to Wellington on Friday. surprisingly B was all fresh and energetic at 6.30am, posing for selfies at the airport and basking in all the attention. our one hour flight seemed like a 3 hr flight with a super-excited B’s ‘what’s this?’ & ‘i want this’! i blame it on the easter egg given to him at the airport at 6am!
after a quick breakfast at Wellington airport, we went to collect our car we had rented for Wellington. and then we headed up to Cape Palliser Lighthouse, approx 2.5hr drive from the airport. its a beautiful coast drive to Cape Palliser and a 250 step climb up to the Lighthouse. this is as far south as you can get in the North Island. you get some amazing non-stop views of the sea from the top. there’s also a seal colony at a 5 min drive from the lighthouse. its the largest colony in the North Island. you can go amazingly close to the wild seals. Just sit on the rocks, relax, throw stones in the water (seeing B enjoy doing it, we joined in the fun too!) and enjoy the unstoppable view of the bay.
we returned back to Wellington in the evening and checked in at our hotel Ibis. located right in the centre of the city, easy walking access to all the city’s attractions and lookout points. our room too was quite spacious and comfortable. after a quick freshen-up, we headed to the city in search for dinner. it was our first proper meal for that day. we went to an Indian place called Great India (M had read a lot about it on TripAdvisor) and was really impressed by their food, generous serving, service and overall ambience. except for one thing – isn’t the initial table accompaniments like the poppadoms with the chutneys and pickles always on the house??
started the day with a lavish buffet breakfast in the hotel. selection of croissants, breads, cheeses, fruits, yoghurts, hash brown, pancakes, sausages, assorted scrambled eggs, beans, slow roasted tomatoes, upto 10 different varieties of cereals, juices and ofcourse the different spreads. we had an hour long breakfast to say the least (and that includes feeding a toddler too, we try not to hog much in public!).
today was for city attractions. so first we walked to the Cable Car Lane (a five mins walk from our Ibis Hotel) and took the cable car to see the Botanic Garden, Carter’s Planetarium and Observatory, Kelburn lookout and Cable Car Museum. the Botanic Garden has some interesting downhill walks like the Australian Garden, Treehouse and the huge Playground your kid can enjoy! it also takes you back to the city centre in 40 minutes.
next we headed to the Parliament House. they have one hour guided tours starting on the hour so make sure to reach there 15 minutes before the hour to get a place in the tour group. it is a very informative tour showing the key parts of the Parliament’s buildings and insights on the parliamentary processes. our last stop for the evening was the Museum of Wellington City and Sail, Te Papa. with 4 floors of exhibitions, events (the Meccano event was impressive!) and virtual experiences, its a super fun world of science and nature out there!
we drove to Porirua, approx 30 mins drive from Wellington. since it was Easter Sunday, everything was closed so we had a little picnic at the Aotea Lagoon. a large pond surrounded by a play area for kids, a picturesque smaller pond with ducks lazying around and an over-water bridge, train rides every 30 mins and an exercise square. lets just say it was a relaxing afternoon for us and a super fun one for B! we drove back to Wellington by evening just in time to have a last peaceful walk at the Waterfront, admire the sunset and finally head to the hotel for some pizzas and noodles!