Wellington is the third largest city in New Zealand and feels like it has a bit of life in it after the rather quiet centre of the country, which made a nice change. We spent our first day visiting the brilliant Te Papa museum, the only museum we have been to on this trip to rival those in the UK. In fact it was so interesting we went back the following morning. The exhibitions we explored included one on Maori history and The Endeavor (Captain Cooks ship) along with one on the earth, in particular to do with volcanic activity which answered a number of questions which we had from the volcanic areas we had been to.
We had planned to meet our Kiwi friend Eryn, who we met in Brazil on our second day in Wellington and after all the culture we were more then happy to meet up with Eryn for some drinks. First we went on a small tour of Wellington (including through the airport carpark...Eryn's directions not always perfect). We stopped on the sea front at a nice cafe where we had lunch before driving on round the seafront and up to Mount Victoria for the view.
We then dumped the car and had a few drinks whilst the sun set. We ended up going to the opening night (which meant free wine and nibbles!) of a play that Eryn's friend was in called the Cats Meow, this turned out to be a great play and we stayed afterwards to celebrate opening night with the cast and crew. We then said goodbye to Eryn and caught the ferry South early the next morning. The ferry goes through some beautiful scenery around the Malborough Sounds on the way in to port, which we headed up to the deck to view. It was pretty windy but Rosa made sure to wrap up warm.