After Christchurch we headed out of the South Island 😦 we took the very early morning train up to picton. Here we had a clam chowder and fish cake lunch overlooking the harbour town in the Marlborough sound. We then boarded the interislander ferry back over to Wellington.
Arriving in Wellington at around 5.30pm we checked into our motel and then went for a walk around the city. We took the tram ride up the hill to the botanic gardens. The gardens were beautiful and we gradually meandered our way back down to the city. For dinner we went to the ‘crabshack’. Very fisherman themed bar restaurant on the waterfront.
Next day we went to the very informative Te Papa museum. Free to go in and fascinating. Learnt even more about he Mauri culture and also about the volcanic lands of New Zealand. There was as well the only preserved giant squid in the world. That was pretty gross but nevertheless a fascinating story of how it was found and then came to be in the museum. Wouldn’t fancy meeting that whilst out for a dip in the ocean though I tell ya!
We picked up a hire car and said goodbye to the capital and made our way up to Palmerston North where we were staying with family friends Rob and Heather and their son Alex (who neither of us had met yet!) was so great to see them and spend the night. Had a lovely BBQ catch up and got to play with Alex. Hope we will see them again soon 🙂