We knew it was going to be a rocky landing in Wellington, the windy city. So were not too surprised when, after descending for the landing, we suddenly started to steeply ascend. The Captain announced that we would do a circle and descend from a different angle, after some further calculations, and we were soon back on terra firma!
It was a long time since I had been to Wellington, so was looking forward to revisiting this beautiful city. Built on the edge of a deep harbour and steep surrounding hills, it is New Zealand’s ‘creative capital’. The city is home to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi – New Zealand’s founding document.
Did you know –
- Wellington is the world’s southernmost capital.
- Lambton Quay – the main shopping street – follows the original 1840 shoreline.
- Wellington’s distinctive Beehive building – in the Parliamentary precinct – was reputedly designed during dinner on the back of a napkin.
- New York city temporarily sprang up in Seaview, on Wellington’s harbour fringe, for the King Kong film set.
- Most Wellington residents live within 3km of the sea.
Magic Moment in and around Wellington
Riding on the Cable Car
Visiting the Saturday morning Food Markets
Memories of Lambton Quay and the city lanes
Wellington and its beautiful harbour
You can read about our time in Wellington here