I left my heart in Wellington

Sometimes you visit a place that steals your heart.  Sometimes you visit a place that creates memories that live with you forever.  Sometimes you visit a place that just…….fits.

That’s how I feel about Wellington, NZ.  Husband and I were lucky enough to visit the North Island of New Zealand in 2010.  It was a wonderful experience, made more wonderful by the fact that we were visiting our dear friends who had emigrated there the year before.  They were our tour guides and hosts for two weeks.  They drove us around, showed us the sights and gave us an insight into how the other side of the world lives.  We flew into Auckland and during our 14 days there we visited Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga, Napier and last but not least, Wellington.

We were only in Wellington for 2 days but 4 years later and I still can’t stop thinking about the city.  Over the past few months, building this blog and planning more adventures, she has been on my mind more than ever.  I would love to go back and visit and we are saving every spare penny to be able to do so in the next couple of years.  But why Wellington?  What is so special about it compared to the rest of the most beautiful country in the world?

 

1. The Cool Buildings 

Wellington has an amazing mixture of architecture, from old rambling buildings to impressive works of art (like the Parliament buildings below).  I loved the fact that you could turn a corner and see a really old looking building next to a new corporate looking one. It gave the impression that Wellington had grown organically and the mix of buildings were very much like the mix of people – unique!

Outside Parliament Buildings in Wellington
Outside Parliament Buildings in Wellington

 

Cool old Wellington building
Cool old Wellington building

 

2. The Cool Bands

Aussie band Airbourne are one of my FAVOURITE bands in the world and we were lucky enough to be in Wellington on the exact day that they were playing.  Now, I’ve seen Airbourne 5 times now but when they come to the UK they play in venues that hold 1,000 to 2,000 people. In Wellington, they played in a small club that couldn’t have had more then 300 people in it.  After such an up-close-and-personal experience, every time I hear an Airbourne song I am transported back to a sweaty club with a bunch of hairy rockers just looking to have a good time – heaven!

Waiting to see Airbourne at Bodega
Waiting to see Airbourne at Bodega

 

The best gig I've ever been to!
The best gig I’ve ever been to!

 

3. The Cool Vibe

I loved the cosmopolitan feel that came from being in a capital city in such a small geographical area.  The fact that an amazing place like Cuba Street (the main eating/gathering place) was a stones throw away from national treasures like the Museum of New Zealand made me happier than I could ever say.

Hanging out on Cuba Street
Hanging out on Cuba Street

Yes, I do tend to stretch my arms when posing......it's an illness...

Yes, I do tend to stretch my arms when posing……it’s an illness…

 

4. Wellywood

As a massive Lord of the Rings fan, it was such a treat to visit Weta Cave and find out all about the creation of the best film trilogy since Star Wars.  New Zealand has become a Mecca for LotR fans and Wellington is definitely the best place to start if you want to find out more about how they used the country’s natural beauty and expertise to create a phenomena.

Not sure where that fish is going!  Hanging out with Gollum at Weta Cave
Not sure where that fish is going! Hanging out with Gollum at Weta Cave

 

5. The Amazing Views 

I loved the fact that along with all this wonderful stuff and the creative vibe in the city, you could turn a corner and see this….

The views alone made me fall in love with Windy Welly...
The views alone made me fall in love with Windy Welly…

 

 

Have you ever been to a place that has stolen your heart? Is there a corner on earth that you feel is ‘yours’?

L-J

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