Wet in Wellington

New Zealand is beautiful. Even in the rain. It reminds me of Vancouver in many ways – rain, mountains, mountains, water. Landing at Wellington was an experience – the combination of a short runway and high winds made for a few hairy minutes and a bumpy landing. Fortunately we landed at midnight – no scary visuals.

People are so friendly! I only need to pause to look at a map and someone is bound to stop to help with directions. We are staying downtown near the water and within easy walking distance of the Pipitea Campus of Victoria University of Wellington, where we have had meetings for the past two days.

On…Thursday (the International Date Line really messed with my head) L and I explored the downtown and went to the Te Papa Tongawera Museum of New Zealand – a magnificent place!

One area by the water is Civic Square. The Square included the old city library, now a gallery, a new library building, City Council buildings, and open public space with sculptures and bridge to the waterfront. Even in the rain this space is beautiful.

A trip to Hannah’s Lane completed our explorations – this little lane is tucked away and doesn’t invite the visitor in, but rewards the persistent with… chocolate, among other things!

So far, so good. Hoping for better weather though – after all, this is summer in NZ!

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