Here is my summary for their key highlights and suggestions offered: "Steep green slopes sprinkled with Victorian wooden houses lead down to the modern high-rise city centre and harbour of Wellington: this is a city of ever-changing mood, high in energy and with a diverse cultural mix. Occupying the only gap in a 870-mile-long chain of mountains, and overlooking the magnificent Cook Strait that separates the North and South Islands, Wellington hasn’t tamed nature but lives alongside it. Te Papa (tepapa.govt.nz) is one of the finest museums in the world. Take the cable car from Cable Car Lane, off Lambton Quay, to enjoy the most superb views of the bay and to see the Botanical Gardens. Take the downhill walk back to the city to view the old wooden houses. Windy Wellington has some lovely surprises. I recommend the Musem Art Museum Hotel. It’s filled with original, award-winning art, sculptures, paintings and wearable art, and the décor is avant garde. Old St Paul’s cathedral, in Mulgrave Street, a wonderful wooden building."
Among the dining suggestions and ideas: Mac’s Brewbar & Restaurant (Shed 22, 4 Taranaki Street) on the renovated harbourside. Wellesley Boutique Hotel on the corner of Maginnity Street, within easy reach of parliament and the shopping “golden mile” has the excellent Maginnity’s Restaurant. The whole area along the harbour has a great selection of different restaurants. Logan Brown (192 Cuba Street; loganbrown.co.nz) and the Ortega Fish Shack & Bar (16 Majoribanks Street; ortega.co.nz).
Also: Wellingtonnz.com is the most comprehensive website, covering every tour, activity, sport and event going on in the city, from seals to hobbits.
Do folks who live in NZ and/or have been there agree or disagree with these ideas and suggestions? Any other special secrets and tips to share??
Will be copying and saving these tips and ideas to my computer file that I have assembled for each of the key ports and area for our cruise. On the Celebrity Solstice we are now only a year away for doing our first “down under” visit, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, sailing, departing Sydney. We will be doing 14 days on this ship we loved in the Med in June 2011. We will be finishing in Auckland. Plus, doing some pre-cruise options for Cairns/Port Douglas, the Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef, then Kangaroo Island near Adelaide before departing from Sidney’s scenic harbor. And, probably post-cruise in Queenstown and stopping in Hawaii on the way home to break up that long, long flight back.
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THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 92,054 views.
Did a June 7-19, 2011, Celebrity Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc., on these postings. We are now at 114,700 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:
Here are three previews from Wellington that I pulled up from the Bing website. It is the capital of New Zealand and their second largest city. As shown in the first picture, with the red cable car, you can see Wellington is nestled between a great harbor and a natural amphitheater of forest-clad hills. Wellington's cultural crowning jewel, the Te Papa, is shown at the left in the second picture. This dramatically-designed museum celebrates Australasian natural history, science and culture. Exhibits include Maori artifacts, an extensive Pacific Cultures collection and interactive science exhibits. Finally, the beehive-looking Parliament building is a part of their central government complex.: