6500 miles and 12 hrs later, after crossing the Equator and the International Dateline, skipping Sunday altogether, I am in Wellington!
Uneventful flights and the Skycouch on Air New Zealand is HIGHLY recommended!
I made it to Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand in time to eat a meat pie in the cafe for lunch. Incredible interactive museum. I wandered the floors for about 3 hours. In retrospect, I was overwhelmed by the blend of different South Pacific peoples, cultures, ethnicities and traditions that comprise this country. Truly cohesive, as was evidenced the Gallipoli exhibit which detailed the World War 1 campaign. It is a free museum right on the waterfront. Te Papa translates to “place of treasures”. A must see!
Ranginui, the sky father, a stained glass wall designed by Robert Jahnke. Beautiful, huge wall of stained glass in Te Papa.
Wellington is a clean and friendly city. I walked 8.09 miles today! Remembered to look R at intersections instead of left before crossing the street. Finished the day with a superb dinner at Floridita’s on Cuba Street.
Beetroot and Hazelnut Risotto with whipped smoked tofu and oyster mushrooms. Brown Sugar Pavlova with strawberry custard and strawberries. Absolutely delicious!
Tomorrow I will take the train to Paraparaumu, where Sheena lives on the west coast of the North Island. It is less than an hour from Wellington by train.
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