Arrived into Wellington late afternoon. Checked into Base hostel (dirty and unorganized)-would never stay there again! Tons of Hobbit posters since the premiere was here a month ago-it has been renamed Wellywood supposedly!
Walked along Cuba street-mostly cafes and shops. Reminded me of Granville street in Vancouver-granola types. Only pedestrian foot traffic allowed.
Went down to the waterfront-tons of people out on patios after work; kids at the skate park; platform diving boards into the ocean....sat out along the boardwalk and people watched.
Out of nowhere, there was some sort of running competition-NZ Scottish ran along the waterfront with bagpipes playing in the distance. So odd! Active town....most people biking, running, rollerblading by the pier. I also noticed tons of men in suits with messenger bags walking home from work.
Another early morning tomorrow-7am for the ferry to the south island.
Second half....new energy! All righty! Most people are staying here in Wellington thankfully. Need new people to mix it up a bit!