New Zealand, Wellington

A Welly Weekend

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Wellington is our favourite city to live in out of all the places we have been. Every weekend it presents us with new things to do and on a sunny day it turns your weekend into a mini holiday. So we wanted to share the sunshine, food, amazing views, relaxed vibes and beautiful scenery of one our Wellington weekends with you!

On Saturday we started the day in quite a lazy fashion and then headed down Mount Victoria to the beach which is just over 5 mins from our house. On a day like today it was full of Wellingtonians and tourists eating ice-creams, working-out, relaxing and when the water gets a bit warmer swimming. Also, one day if J can do something about it, playing water polo!

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The view of the city from our road in Mount Victoria

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The city

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Coming down to Oriental Parade

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Lovely Oriental Parade Beach, only 5 mins from the city centre

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The beautiful houses or Oriental Parade

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Walking the promenade

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Walking around Oriental Parade to the harbour front

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Looking back to Mount Victoria

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Look out over the boats down to the Rimutakas

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A full marina ready for Wellington’s famous wind

Wellington living up to its reputation!

Wellington living up to its reputation!

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Max Patte’s harbour statue – Solace of the Wind – leaning north into those gales!

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The walk into the city on the sea front

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The seafront helipad where helicopters land or take off next to the blue bridge ferry

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A spot of lunch from the harbour food huts

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Walking further into the city via the bars and restaurants

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After walking through the city, we jumped on the cable car up to the botanical gardens

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Up we go!

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A view over the bay watching the cable car go back down

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A coffee stop at the botanical gardens cafe looking over the city

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A great view!

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Coffee time!

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It gives you a great sense of the geography of the city

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The city and home on Mount Victoria

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A walk through the botanical gardens

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Beautiful rolling gardens

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A view down to the Rose Garden

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A view from the other side of the rose garden

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A fern serpent

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Beautiful native forest

We finished the day with a walk home and a quiet night in making dinner. We woke up on Sunday to the most beautiful day which was a treat after the week of storms and floods. There was only one thing to do with such a beautiful day and that was to head down to Coenes Eatery on the waterfront and have fresh juice and brunch. A treat on the short walk down was to find all the navy warships in the harbour having returned from rescuing the tourists and locals from Kaikoura who needed to be evacuated after the 7.8 earthquake a week ago.

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Warships in the harbour from Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand

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The flotilla had been rerouted to help in Kaikoura from their scheduled naval review in Auckland for the New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary.

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The city looking stunning!

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When you live on a hill you get used to LOTS of steps!

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I love the fresh juices @ Coenes Eatery – Mine was a carrot and apple and J’s was an orange

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This is the view out of my open window

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Scrambled eggs, sourdough toast and bacon! Yum!

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A full Kiwi

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Perfect coffee to hang out a bit more and take in the view

After brunch we walked back up to the house, grabbed the car and drove to do a hike in the Otari Wilton Bush about 15 mins drive away.

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Native bush

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Making sure we head off on the right route

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J powering ahead

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We arrive at the top and enjoy the view

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Suburban Wellington

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The path laid out in front of us

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Some earthquake debris

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The quake changed the face of this walk

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Hoping more doesn’t suddenly fall down

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The burbs

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The walk quite ‘country’ towards the end

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Moo….

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J spotted two parrots kissing but I only managed to get a shot of one

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Kereru (New Zealand Wood Pigeon)

And so a relaxing and delicious weekend in Wellington was over!

 

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