We visit Wellington two times – one just befor we hide over to the south island and second on our way back. This block covers both times.
First visit – on the way to south island
Second visit – on our way back from south island
The Lord of the Rings Tour
The tour begins with a ride up Mount Victoria – a mountain in the middle of Wellington. From a vantage point there is a view of the city – unfortunately in the fog, but dissolves shortly thereafter.
Then we are standing where the hobbits rolled down in the forest and then hid.
Then we continue towards Weta Workshop. Founded just over 20 years ago by a couple in a garage, WETA was involved in some quite known films. Next to Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit small productions like Avatar, Indiana Jones and many others.
We start in a shop – surprise! Here there are many souvenirs as well as many exhibits.
Cable Car and Space Place
Cable cars existed in many cities in New Zealand from the late 1900s to the 1950s – today there is only one very short line left (some 100 meters) from the Lambtom Quey up to the Botanic Gardens.
Parts of the route go through a tunnel where a light show is presented.
A few steps from the upper station is also the observatory called Space Place.
The exhibition is made for kids but also informative for adults!
We had our fingers on the moon – at least on a small piece of the moon.
A lot of short videos with interesting knowledge about the universe and our solar system was presented.
Of course, there are also short movies in the cinema.
Te Papa Museum
It is the largest museum in Wellington and it proves once again: In Austria the the museum operators have no glue how a museum should be like!
One area deals with the development of New Zealand and the construction of the earth.
In a small house an earthquake is simulated and on an infoscreen you can watch the last earthquakes in New Zealand – in the last 2 days there were more than 10 !!!
There is also a section on the colonization of New Zealand, the Maori culture and much more.
Wellington is located on a peninsula on which it is quite hilly. Only the city center is reasonably flat.
Even if only a few 100,000 live in and around Wellington, a lot of city feeling comes up.
On the hills and also just outside the center you will find – mostly two-story – houses that are mostly made of wood and somehow reminiscent of San Francisco (hilly and there are many wooden houses ).