Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and the country’s second largest urban area. It is located at the southwestern tip of the North Island on Cook Strait, the passage that separates the North and South islands. There is an inter-island ferry that we did not have time to take.
Wellington is nicknamed “Windy Welly” and with good reason–there were very strong gusts near the waterfront that made it difficult to walk, and the retail area was more than breezy. Although the downtown is relatively flat, it is surrounded by steep hills. There is a cable car that goes about 1,000 up to one of the high points. Interestingly, there are about 400 privately-owed cable cars that take people up to their homes. Although we only saw it on a picture, we learned that Wellington has the steepest street in the world–longer than Lombard Street and straight up.
We spent some time at the National Museum, admittedly mostly to use their internet. There was an interesting Maori exhibit, though we honestly liked the one at the Auckland Museum more; there was also an Air New Zealand exhibit that featured not only the airlines past and present, but previewed features for future aircraft–including virtual reality entertainment…amazing, really hope it comes to be during our travel years!
After the museum, we opted to take the cable car rather than stroll through the city.