New Zealand's Capital City with Hobbit fever!
22.11.2012 - 27.11.2012
On the way from River Valley to Wellington we stopped in a little town called “Bulls” for lunch. The town is famous for selling Bulls milk and many of the local stores and places have decided to be witty (or not-so-witty, you decide!) by encompassing the word “Bull” into their names! A few examples are: Dispensa-Bull Pharmacy; Bank-a-bull; Socia-bull; Consta-bull (Police Station); Forgiva-bull (Anglican Church); Lick-a-bull (Ice Cream); Cure-a-bull (Medical Centre)… I could go on but I think I’ll stop there!
We arrived in Wellington in the afternoon and decided to go to the Te Papa Museum seeing as it’s free! The museum is huge, it took us ages to get around it and I still don’t think we really saw everything! It was interesting though and they even have a preserved (by that I mean dead!) colossal squid on display – it looked like a freaky alien! Afterwards we were all pretty hungry so we went to an Indian Restaurant for dinner. I thought I’d be brave and ask for my tikka masala to be medium but soon regretted it as it was soooo spicy! Unfortunately after dinner we had to say goodbye to some great friends we had made as they were getting straight back on the Kiwi bus the next day and we wouldn’t be seeing them again!
The next morning we had a massive laptop internet session sorting out all our photos and videos etc from our travels around the North Island. The day went by pretty quickly and in the evening we met up with a friend from back home who is currently studying and living in Wellington. We went for a nice meal and drank lots of wine (Jonny even tried some wine!) and then went back to his place and hung out for a while listening to old records and chatting. When Jonny was almost falling asleep we walked back to our hostel.
The next day we slept in quite late and didn’t really get going until around lunchtime! The world premiere of The Hobbit is taking place in Wellington on 28th November and the whole city has gone Hobbit mad in preparation for it! We heard that in the little park across the road from our hostel there was going to be a Hobbit Artisan Market so we went to check that out. It was small but quite interesting, basically there were several little stalls of arts/crafts/jewellery etc all made by people who had worked on the film. The company that wove all of the costumes that Gandalf wears were there selling “Gandalf Scarves”! We were looking at some jewellery and I heard someone ask the woman selling it what she had been involved with on the film and she said that she worked with props but that everyone was under contract not to say anything so she couldn’t say what she had actually made for the film! The next day we didn’t do much apart from making a start on applying for jobs in Wellington but in the evening we went back to the park because they were showing The Fellowship of the Ring on a big screen! We took a blanket and a little picnic and wrapped up warm and met one of our friends down there to watch the film. It was really windy and cold and sitting on a field to watch a 3 hour film was probably not the best of plans! By half way through all three of us were lying down with our heads propped up on our bags, all snuggled under the blanket together keeping warm!
The next day we got up and were a bit more organised. We went to the post office for Jonny to post a package home and then we went to view the rooms at the Hotel St. George as it’s like student living so that’s the sort of place we want to try and find when we come back to Wellington and get jobs. Unfortunately Hotel St. George was an absolute shit hole so that is going to have to be a last resort! We went to another place called Vic Central and that was certainly nicer and cleaner but we have one more place to view when we get back to Wellington before making any decisions. We were pretty busy for the rest of the day just doing boring things like laundry and packing our bags but we were too tired to manage sitting in the park in the cold again to watch The Two Towers so instead we watched it on the laptop in the comfort of our own room! We didn’t get the chance to watch Return of the King in the park as that was on the day we left Wellington!
Next stop - the South Island!