Day 22 – Wellington

Well, windy Wellington surely lived up to it’s name! Strong northerlies and and grey day weren’t the best way to see a city.

First up was breakfast out at a local cafe near a popular park.

Then off to the city to catch at ferry out to Matiu / Somes Island. It was an old quarantine station for animals and people but now has been converted in to a predator free sanctuary.

Before you are allowed to enter the island, you have to have a bag search and check your shoes for any guy pests or weeds. The island had about an hour bush walk as well as old quarantine buildings to explore. We just did the bush walk as we were short of time. We saw heaps of native wildlife. Wetas, tuatara, red crowned parrots, skinks, various sea birds.

Next, we hit the city for a quick lunch then head up the cable car to the botanical gardens. Then we waited for a free shuttle to Zealandia that never turned up. I rang them up to ask what happened. They sent the bus. But we had already waisted 40mins.

Zealandia was good but we didn’t have enough time. It is another predator free sanctuary. They have various walks and exhibits in the bush as well as various feeding stations. We saw tui, weta, tuatara, kaka and some various ducks.

Then home for a quick refreshment before heading to the city for dinner and drinks.

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