New Zealand, Wellington

Birthday in Wellington – Camping on Matiu/Somes Island and 7 Days Live!

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J had planned to take me to Somes Island, an island in the centre of Wellington Harbour that is home to Tuatara, skinks, penguins and giant weta. No one lives on the island and it was one a quarantine centre and an internment camp. I was a little nervous about getting the 20 minute ferry over as the weather in Wellington can change drastically in the blink of an eye. But once I was on the boat it was actually really fun and great to see a different view of Wellington. It was the last ferry on a Saturday at 3pm, so we were the only ones going to the island, as as it turned out we had it to ourselves for the night.

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The ferry arrives…

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By Wellington… see you tomorrow!

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Never been on the Wellington harbour before

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Looking back to our home on Mount Vic

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Noticed that the shipping containers are still knocked over after the quake

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Fun!

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Approaching Somes Island

Windy!

Windy!

Once we arrived on the island we had to go through very strict quarantine to make sure we had nothing we were not meant to and to make sure we hadn’t picked up any hitchhikers. The island is pest free and they are working very hard to keep it that way. Once we were cleared by the very nice warden of the island we set off up the hill to drop off our bags and went off to explore the island….

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Stunning coloured water

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We soon found the perfect spot for our pastry and coffee

Skink

Skink

Weta Hotel

Weta Hotel

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Weta orgy!

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Walking around the island

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NZ parakeet that are all over the island

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Views back to Wellington

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The islands guest book lives in here

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Very peaceful!

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The sun starts to set

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Tent is up and ready! I’ve even got my pillow for a birthday treat

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Family of geese

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The old battlements being closely guarded

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The view out over where the inter islander comes into Wellington harbour from the South Island

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Manuka flowers

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A few things from the visitors centre

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Love this coastline!

After touring the island and successfully putting up the tent is was dinner time! So we headed back to that beautiful spot we found earlier to settled down to enjoy our tuna baguette and coffee with the sun setting.

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Back to the same spot for dinner looking onto Wellington city

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Beautiful rays of light over the city

After dinner we walked around the island some more until dusk and then we went to camp out by the shore where the penguins would come in when they were ready to return to land after a day at sea. We waited a good hour and a bit but eventually they arrived.

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Little blue penguins arriving back home from their day in the sea

After sighting the fury little creatures we got our torches out and did a circuit of the island in the dark on the hunt for giant weta, tuatara and skinks….

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Our first sighting of a giant Weta, you have to be carful not to stand on them in the dark

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The Wellington Tree Weta

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For some reason he wanted to hold it

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New Friend

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They are a bit gross!

After a successful night hunting giant weta we went to ‘bed’ in the tent and on my birthday morning I was woken up to all manner of creatures making sounds, but especially the parakeet! J got up and made me bacon sandwiches and tea which we had outside next to the tent looking out over the native bush of the island.

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Birthday breakfast on the island

Birthday Breakfast!

Birthday Breakfast!

Bye Bye Somes Island

Bye Bye Somes Island

A year older and back on the ferry back to Wellington

A year older and back on the ferry back to Wellington

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Back home, washed and ready for cake!

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J made me a lemon drizzle cake with poppy seeds.

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Birthday wish!

After cake and tea…. and a pretty strong birthquake (5.5) we headed into town as J had got us tickets to 7 days live, which is like the Kiwi version of Have I got News For You, except funnier with comedians instead of politicians. We watch it every Friday so it was awesome to be in the audience at the Opera House.

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Waiting for 7 Days Live @ The Opera House (the kiwi version of ‘Have I Got News For You’

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7 days live!

7 days live!

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Waiting for our giant pizza from Tommy Millions after the show in Courtney Place

It was a fantastic birthday and I so enjoyed being in Wellington to celebrate it!

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