Last month I embarked on my first ever solo trip – all the way to New Zealand! Now this visit to New Zealand wasn’t your typical visit to New Zealand. Most people who go all the way to New Zealand have the common sense to take at least 3-4 weeks to properly explore the country, but I on the other hand went only for 9 nights!
You see the purpose of my trip was not to tour the country but to reunite with friends so I spent the majority of my trip with them down on the Pauatahanui Inlet (about 20 minutes from the capital city) but added on 2 nights in Wellington at the start of my trip so as to adjust to the timezone and do some sight seeing.
I only had 48 hours in Wellington but I managed to cram a lot into my visit, including:
- riding the cable car (a must for all visitors to Wellington)
- strolling through the botanical gardens
- visiting the Te Papa Museum and Wellington Museum
- walking the Wellington waterfront
- snapping some shots of parliament and the cathedral
- strolling down Cuba Street and my favourites;
- touring both Zealandia and the Weta Workshop.
In Wellington I stayed at the Travel Lodge by Plimmer Steps for a bargain price which provided me with a comfortable room and great location for exploring the city. It was just a 2 minute walk from Lambton Quay in the central business district (which provided me with ample souvenir shops and a Starbucks) and was only a 5 minute walk from the cable car and just a little more to the waterfront.
Wellington turned out to be a really walkable and friendly city and as a lone female traveler I felt incredibly self. Locals stopped to give me directions and help me read maps, taxi drives told me their family migration stories and bus drivers took the effort to make sure I got off at the right stop.
It’s also a really clean and arty city with quirky monuments and statues not only along the waterfront but throughout the city as well and it’s all framed by those rolling green hills.
I can see why it was voted the most liveable city in the world in 2018. There are not many cities I visit that I feel I could happily live in but Wellington now makes it onto that list, along with Edinburgh.