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Locals call it "Windy Wellington"

Arriving in capital of New Zealand, I so amazed how beautiful this place was across the Tasman sea. Local call it Windy Wellington but I never experienced that.

By i.c Golina

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. From Lambton Quay, the iconic red Wellington Cable Car heads to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname “Windy Wellington.”

It may be called by its nickname “Windy Wellington”, but ironically, the day I was there, it was picture perfect. There was not a cloud in the sky, the cool breeze was flowing and not a sight of storm. This was the moment filled with the right temperature on perfect sunny and cool day with an adventure on the list for the day out to explore what Wellington has to offer to its visitors. As the day begins with the populous of Wellington city go about doing their daily routines, I started the day out by driving up to Mt Victoria. I wanted to enjoy this breath-taking views while it was a clear day before it gets too windy and unpleasant to be on the mountain top. As I made my way to the top I was greeted with the panoramic view of the city. I was just speechless and I was totally impressed with what I just witness. Every turn we made, we were faced with the views of the city, the hills and the ocean. It was just breathtaking and unbelievable phenomenal. I wasn’t gonna miss out on the view, I had to take a photograph of the city in its splendour. This 360′ view from Mt Victoria was absolutely amazing.
View of Wellington city from Mt Victoria

After enjoying this unforgettable views, my second place to visit on my “Priority List to do” in Wellington was to see the botanical garden. Like many other botanical gardens around the world, you tend to be faced with flowers, plants, design, styles and the structure of the area but they are all unique in their own ways. This was no exception. The Wellington Botanic Gardencovers 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, near central Wellington. The garden features 25 hectares of protected native forest, conifers, plant collections and seasonal displays. They also feature a variety of non-native species, including an extensive Rose Garden. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of HorticultureThere is a Cable Car that runs between Lambton Quay and the top of the Botanic Garden, and it is the most direct way to get from the top part of the garden to Wellington’s Central Business District.

The winding hill paths of the Garden are a popular spot for Wellington residents. It is used for walking, jogging and taking children to the playground, and tourists enjoy meandering through the Garden’s many collections via the downhill path to the city. The Gardens feature a large Victorian-style glasshouse, the Begonia House, the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and the Treehouse Visitor Centre. There is a large children’s play area, a duck pond, and even glowworms visible some nights along paths in the Main Garden – there are monthly tours during autumn-spring (the Garden is otherwise closed at night).

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Outside Wellington museum
Wellington Museum (formerly the Museum of City & Sea) is a museum on Queens Wharf in Wellington, New Zealand. It occupies the 1892 Bond Store, a historic building on Jervois Quay on the waterfront of Wellington Harbour. It was recently voted as one of the top 50 museums in the world The Times, London.

The museum has four floors covering the history of Wellington. Celebrating the city’s maritime history, early Maori and European settlement, and the growth of the region, the museum seeks to tell Wellington’s stories and how the city has evolved over its 150 years as capital of New Zealand. A giant cinema screen stretching between the ground, first and second floors shows a series of films about Wellington. There are three theatre areas: one tells Maori legends using a ‘Peppers Ghost’, the other is a memorial to the tragic sinking of the Wahine ferry in Wellington harbour and located on the top floor a Wellington Time Machine. A new exhibition space, The Attic, opened in late 2015 after extensive refurbishment and restoration to the top floor.

To finish of the day, I decided to take a look around the city before I visited the Wellington Museum. For any visitors who have a keen interest on the history, then this is the place for you. I love visiting museums, Art Galleries and the natural environment.

From a personal perspective: It is always wise to check the weather before you plan to visit a particular place to avoid being disappointed. For me, visiting the museum does broaden my mind and learn a lot about the past. Certainly, this visit here makes me realise how history has brought us here today. We learn about the past, assess and acknowledge the present and move forward together to the future.


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