This picture of an amazing Cloud Formation which I spotted when driving alond the desert road in New Zealand (the N1 road towards Lake Taupo). Its like something from the start of War of the Worlds or the new alien feature, Skyline.
Amazing Cloud Formation spotted in New Zealand – Looks like a UFO is just about to break through the clouds…
Below is a close up of the clouds shows the weird formation which I had never seen anything like before.
Close-up of the weird cloud formation
Going to Wellington, New Zealand? This rough and brief Wellington travel guide will show you What to Do, Where to Go, Where to Eat and What to See in Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington is a lovely little city, much nicer than the business oriented Auckland – Wellington is one of the nicest places we visited in New Zealand and is a place where the pace of life is as nice as the people you meet there !
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On arriving in Wellington it was a real change of pace from the metropolis of Hong Kong and the city buzz of Sydney. One of the first things you notice is the quaint / small town feel you get from the moment you leave the airport. Some very nice sculptures along the way also. We were staying at the Copthorne Hotel in Oriental Bay – a hotel which was so nice we stayed at the Copthorne / Millennium Group Hotels during our whole stay in New Zealand.
Wellington, New Zealand – View from Cable Car station near Botanical Gardens
Wellington is a great place for relaxing – the pace is not that of a capital city which of course it is. Our first stop was the botanical gardens, as it is on a hill which overlooks the city – get the cable car to the summit (not the type of cable car which you might think – more of a vernicular).
Flowers in the Wellington Botanical Gardens
The view is stunning and there are plenty of walks which should keep you going for 2-3 hours. The restaurant in the Botanical Gardens is really good and service very fine meals, hot drinks and desserts. not to be missed also is the observatory which has a 3D projection tour of the night sky which is a very relaxing way to spend a half hour.
Alien Toilets? – Fun Sign at Wellington Observatory
Food in Wellington is not a problem. Cuba Street is one of the places where you can find good food at any time. One of the places we tried was Simply Paris, 181 Cuba Street. Welcomed by a french waiter, the food was excellent and the ambiance was very authentic – would certainly return here if in Wellington again.
If you are looking for a good view of Wellington, you should try going up to Mount Victoria which has an observation point giving a 360 degree vista on the area. Out hotel said we could walk it but if you do walk it, bring oxygen, as it is a fairly strenuous hike !
View from Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand
If you want to do something more cultural, the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa located on the sea front is worth going to. About 4 floors of artifacts, pictures, videos and interactive exhibits (many of them stuffed which I didn’t like too much) – it is a great way to get to know more about New Zealand and the Maori people who inhabited New Zealand before the white people colonised the islands. There is a restaurant here which is quite nice – the main courses were decent and very tasty but the seafood chowder which we got was not really chowder but some sort of seafood broth – I like my chowder but it was not great. They do however do a good coffee / cappuccino!
Look out in Wellington for the variety of sculptures – many of which are moving in the wind. The best of them all is the Smarties which is located along one of the main streets ( which you can see on Google Street View by clicking here)
We really enjoyed Wellington and would certainly return. A relaxed city with lots to do, good food and nice people – you don’t find that every day.
From here we hired a car, and progressed up N1 route North, visiting Foxton, Bulls, Taihape, en route to our final destination Lake Taupo.
I’m just back from a trip to Hong Kong, Sydney and the North Island of New Zealand.
Over the next few blog posts I am going to upload some posts about the best places to stay, eat and go as well as the best trips or sights to see in Hong Kong, Sydney and New Zealand (including Wellington, Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Auckland and Bay of Islands).
The first of these posts will appear next week along with some pictures etc….
Just a quick post today on what I think will happen today in the World Cup Matches.
Looking at yesterdays post, it wasn’t too far off the mark (scores not 100%) but the Win Lose Draw was 3 out of 4. I didn’t think Australia would have won yesterday. Great to see USA topping the group also – England v Germany should be a cracker on Sunday and on last nights performace England have to do a lot better to get past Germany (great goal from Worzel last night – he had his scoring face on last night!)
Todays World Cup match predictions are ….
Paraguay v New Zealand
Would love to see New Zealand win this one and that might just happen. Most probable outcome is a draw or 1 goal.
Putting neck on Line I think New Zealand to win 1-0.
Slovakia v Italy
Easy … Italy 2-0 (Unless they do a France, have a big fight and can’t play for sugar!)
Cameroon v Netherlands
Netherlands are through but I think they will keep the pressure on – probably a Holland win 2-0.
Denmark v Japan
Tough call – Both have weaknesses that the other can exploit … Both need to win to be certain of qualification!
Maybe Denmark to win 1-0.
This is going to be a Very short post – in Day 4, only got 1 out of 3 right on the Win Lose Draw scenario (got no exact scores correct) – I thought Italy would win – that was a shocker.
Tomorrow Tuesday … Lets see how this goes !
New Zealand vs. Slovakia : Slovakia to Win 3 – 0
Côte d’Ivoire vs. Portugal : Portugal to Win 2 – 1
Brazil vs. North Korea : Brazil to Win : 4 – 0
I wonder are the VuVuZelas causing problems for teams like Italy??