Jennifer and I went to New Zealand since I was going there for linux.conf.au.|
This year it was in the capital of Wellington. While it was centrally located between the two Islands, it was unfortunately on the north Island, or a 6 hour return trip from the south island by ferry, making visitting the south Island by car a non very worthwhile endeavour, which is unfortunate since many of the interesting things were actually on the south island.
Given that, we stayed on the north Island and were greeted by pretty poor weather (overcast and drizzle on most days), making visits no that worthwhile or enjoyable. As a result, we didn't get to rollerblade around the coastal path, or hike up the nearby mountain, or kayak, or even dive due to fairly strong winds that just mess up the waters (which were cold anyway).
We still got to see a bit, including the single nice day we used to drive to the coast and see pinnacles, but otherwise we saw a few museums (indoors), and ended up coming home a day early since whatever left we could do didn't seem worth the hassles for me of staying an extra day and travelling back on monday and going to work the same day after landing.
Random pictures from Wellington:
welcome to kiwi land :)
weight of one car brings the other one up
View from Mount Victoria:
wellington is a harbour city of course
nice rotor cloud, Wellington is *very* windy
nice botanical garden
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary:
nice friendly young siamese cat we found on the road
See the green lizards?
New Zealand Kaka (like a parrot, but not quite)
Te Papa Museum:
A giant squid they caught
Very nice temple
The Maori performed for us
Art Museum with an expo from a Japanese Artist:
They taught their warrior dance to our friends
On the single nice weather day we had, we rented a car and went to MartinBorough, their wine country:
and then went to the Putangirua Pinacles:
they also had wines with QR codes
the dirt randomly collapsed under our shoes and we got a bit dirty :)
it reached both of our pants :)
And that's about it. All in all there wasn't that much to do around Wellington, especially with mostly not so good weather. When we flew back to SFO the weat was the same, except for a 10 degree difference at best.
The trip back was uneventful outside of increasingly ridiculous TSA practices (full body and luggage search for everyone just 3mn after you clear the previous search and Xrays at security: they empty absolutely everything, even the coins in my wallet).
Jennifer got to see at least one Kiwi :)