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!
The view of the city from our road in Mount Victoria
Coming down to Oriental Parade
Lovely Oriental Parade Beach, only 5 mins from the city centre
The beautiful houses or Oriental Parade
Walking the promenade
Walking around Oriental Parade to the harbour front
Looking back to Mount Victoria
Look out over the boats down to the Rimutakas
A full marina ready for Wellington’s famous wind
Wellington living up to its reputation!
Max Patte’s harbour statue – Solace of the Wind – leaning north into those gales!
The walk into the city on the sea front
The seafront helipad where helicopters land or take off next to the blue bridge ferry
A spot of lunch from the harbour food huts
Walking further into the city via the bars and restaurants
After walking through the city, we jumped on the cable car up to the botanical gardens
Up we go!
A view over the bay watching the cable car go back down
A coffee stop at the botanical gardens cafe looking over the city
A great view!
It gives you a great sense of the geography of the city
The city and home on Mount Victoria
A walk through the botanical gardens
Beautiful rolling gardens
A view down to the Rose Garden
A view from the other side of the rose garden
A fern serpent
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.
Warships in the harbour from Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand
The flotilla had been rerouted to help in Kaikoura from their scheduled naval review in Auckland for the New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary.
The city looking stunning!
When you live on a hill you get used to LOTS of steps!
I love the fresh juices @ Coenes Eatery – Mine was a carrot and apple and J’s was an orange
This is the view out of my open window
Scrambled eggs, sourdough toast and bacon! Yum!
A full Kiwi
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.
Making sure we head off on the right route
J powering ahead
We arrive at the top and enjoy the view
The path laid out in front of us
Some earthquake debris
The quake changed the face of this walk
Hoping more doesn’t suddenly fall down
The walk quite ‘country’ towards the end
J spotted two parrots kissing but I only managed to get a shot of one
Kereru (New Zealand Wood Pigeon)
And so a relaxing and delicious weekend in Wellington was over!