Blenheim to Wellington

We had an extremely early start this morning, at 5.30am, to get to the ferry for 7am, for an 8am sailing to Wellington from Picton.

The weather looked good before dawn, and there was a little bit of sun at dawn – it looked like fire in the sky, actually. (I know! I’m singing it too!)

fire in the sky - dawn in Picton

fire in the sky - dawn in Picton

But it just got cloudier and wetter from then on. We had breakfast on the ferry (bacon and eggs for $10.50 – bargain!) even though we’d brought our brunch picnic. My sister watched the movie (Captain Phillips), while I listened to my book on my phone and wandered about the ship. The second movie was The Queen which I would’ve watched if I could hear anything. So more book.

I took a couple of pics while we were coming into port.

Coming into port, Wellington

Coming into port, Wellington

We then headed straight to Te Papa Museum, since the weather was not conducive to views and lookouts. I remember this from my last trip to NZ and wanted my sister to see it. I photographed some of the exhibits again…

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

I loved the ‘corned beef’ cow sculpture…

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

And this bra…

Te Papa Museum Exhibit - bra

And other weird outfits…

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

Te Papa Museum Exhibit

After this, we headed to the car rental to pick up a map for the north island only to discover that the office was unattended for 20-30 minutes. We decided to have lunch while we were waiting. There was a guy pacing up and down in front of the office. He came over to ask us if we knew anything and then he parked in front of us in the driveway, and ran into our car trying to get in the gap there. Idiot. But no damage done, fortunately. I ended up ringing up on his behalf, since he didn’t have a phone and was in a hurry to catch the ferry. The dramas!

After we got our map, we headed off to our accommodations. Or tried. My sister doesn’t like Wellington already! All the one way streets and confusing signs etc. But we got there in the end with Google Maps to the rescue …

I rang my local friend and we got together for dinner at Petone. We had Thai food in a lovely restaurant with very reasonably priced and delicious meals.

dinner in Petone

It was so great to see Roz again. It was an excellent evening with laughs like I haven’t had for years!

When we left the restaurant, it was raining and windy and stormy, but my friend took us back to her house to show it to us when I expressed interest, and then took us back to our hotel. It was a lovely old house they’d renovated a couple of times. It’s comfortable and yet has maintained its character. Lovely.

Then back out into the driving rain and wind to get back to the hotel. I couldn’t imagine living here if this is normal!

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