Day 33 Wellington
Last full day in Wellington and weather has deteriorated somewhat after two fab days of sun, sun, sun. It's cloudy and has been raining so we decide that a visit to the Te Papa museum was probably a sound idea. This is New Zealand's national museum and shows about the culture, geology and inhabitants of the country, on land, in the sea and in the air; really informative. When we came out around lunchtime it had brightened slightly so we decided to take a picnic to Matui/Somes island out in the harbour which is a nature reserve. We got the 12:30 ferry which was going via Seaton and Day's Bay so we had a bit of a sea cruise as well; probably not the ideal day for it as it was rather blustery on the water, ideal for sailing as there were a lot of yachts out, but not on a ferry. We were a bit cold once we got on land but soon warmed up once out of the wind. Bill managed to twist his knee whilst walking so we cut our trip a bit short and took an earlier ferry back and he went back to the hotel to rest it and have a long hot soak in the bath. I went off a another marathon around town trying to find a book shop that was actually open at 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon. We are obviously too spoilt with our shop hours in the UK. Finally succeeded though. Have just been down to the waterfront to watch the firework display for Chinese New Year which was pretty impressive and probably the only time we will watch New Year fireworks in the summer unless of course we come down under again. I'm still finding it strange getting my head around the fact that it's summer in February rather than just being somewhere hot and the seasons being the same as home. Off to Martinborough tomorrow and our journey up the North Island begins.....