Wellington

And so, we’ve arrived in our very last country on this tour. 5 months of awesome travelling down, only 4 weeks to go. But hopefully this should be a superb 4 weeks, chasing adventure, excitement and Lord of the Rings film locations.
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Wellington is a very hilly city and we were staying at the top of one, overlooking the City and just 100m from the top of the cable car and the botanic gardens. The daily walk back up that hill reminded me a lot of when I lived in Bear Flat in Bath, with simarly stunning views available across the City. Our first couple of days we got ourselves oriented around the City, wandered around the harbour and checked out a few of the museums. Kiwi museums so far seem much stricter on taking photos, especially in art galleries, which is a shame. Still, the main museum in Wellington – Te Papa – allowed it in most places.
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After this, we started some geek hangouts. After a false start at Weta (we hadn’t realised you had to book – and they were quite busy), we managed a day trip out there and taking in the sights of Mount Victoria – including a bunch of locations for shoots, including the ‘get off the road’ scene. The ‘Window on the Workshop’ tour at Weta was fantastic, a cracking insight into the design work done there.
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After a few days, we headed for the ferry to the South Island and our car rental.
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