Uphill – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Walking to the lookout on Mt. Victoria in Wellington

U is for uphill. Practical Information:  New Zealand is a country created on volcanic fields, so up is a common direction. This photo was taken when we had hiked about half way up Mt Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. For an uphill walk, it’s a relatively easy climb to 196m above the city, where we were […]

Lord of the Rings – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Gollum on display at the Wellington Airport in New Zealand

L is for Lord of the Rings… or large. Practical Information:  Wellington airport bills itself as the middle of Middle Earth. The Gollum photoed on the page was installed in October 2012. The total exhibit has three fish and is 13 metres long and 3 metres high. The Lord of the Rings trilogy utilized over 150 filming […]

Cable Car: #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Cable Car in Wellington New Zealand

C is for Cable Car . . .  or climb. Practical Information:  On the “must see” list of most visitors to New Zealand’s capital city, the country’s only funicular railway runs from the centre of town on Lambton Quay up hill for 612m. Once at the top you will find the Wellington Botanic Garden (free), the Cable […]

The Art of Coffee Roasting: Behind the Scenes at Mojo

Coffee roasting at Mojo Roastery in Wellington New Zealand

Breathing in, I can always tell when we are nearby coffee roasting. To me, the earthy, nutty aroma is a mix of two of my favourites: coffee and chocolate. I know there is no chocolate involved, but it triggers that part of my brain. Hubby is really into coffee roasting. So much so that he roasts […]

Two Powerful War Exhibits in Wellington New Zealand

Gallipoli The Scale of our War at TePapa the National Museum of New Zealand. It is one of two war exhibits in Wellington

War exhibits don’t typically make it onto my list of things to do. However when one is created by Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings) and the other by director Sir Peter Jackson, these war exhibits suddenly peak my interest. Both are currently on display in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. Each is overwhelming […]

Wellington’s St Paul Cathedral: Gothic Revival vs Modern

Old St Paul Cathedral in Wellington New Zealand

Old St Paul Cathedral in Wellington caught me by surprise. The streets of New Zealand’s capital reflect an active, upbeat, modern city. The general architecture styles are eclectic, contemporary and interesting. Then there is old St Paul Cathedral. Built entirely of native timber, this 19th-century gothic-revival masterpiece is well worth a visit. The high, vaulted […]

Colourful Photos from Wellington Botanic Garden

A rainbow of colorful hydrangeas in Wellington Botanic Garden New Zealand

Half the fun of the Wellington Botanic Garden is getting there. We arrived into town late in the day, checked into our apartment, and headed to Lambton Quay. It’s the centre of Wellington and the location of the Cable Car entrance. At the top is the Wellington Botanic Garden. I am generally not a huge fan of this type of place, but […]

Our Favourite Wellington Restaurants

Salad at Karaka cafe in Wellington New Zealand

Wellington restaurants have it all. Our favourites are generally comfortable, somewhat casual, and always serving great food. The city offers traditional, international, and eclectic options. Wellington may be a city known for its coffee but take a look at some of the food we tried at several Wellington restaurants and see if you agree it is also a city for […]

Hiking Mount Victoria in Wellington

View while hiking Mount Victoria in Wellington New Zealand

A few eyes rolled when I suggested hiking Mount Victoria during our recent visit to Wellington, one of my favourite New Zealand cities. At 196 metres, it is taller than any natural point in Auckland, and the 360 degree views from the top are well worth the effort. And effort it was. We were later told we […]

Wellington Photos: 20 Reasons It’s My Favorite NZ Getaway

the Beehive is one of the buildings of New Zealand's parliament

Wellington is so much more than just New Zealand’s capital city. It’s a vibrant eclectic mix of architecture styles, unusual street art, culture, and history. It’s been my favourite weekend getaway destination since my first visit nearly 12 years ago. A picture is worth 1000 words, so I will show you why I love Wellington in […]

Find South with Stars: Things I Learned at Carter Observatory in Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand's largest refracting telescope is in Carter Observatory, Wellington, New Zealand

From the big bang to space exploration, Carter Observatory in Wellington took us through time with colorful exhibits. Sarah and I visited during our recent mother-daughter adventure. We went on Saturday night in hopes of seeing the  refracting telescope at work. We were tired after a morning Walk Wellington tour and a visit to the […]

Walk Wellington – Best Way to See New Zealand’s Capital City

New Zealand Parliament and the building nicknamed the Beehive in Wellington, the Capital City

Walk Wellington is the perfect name for the city tour we took to kick start our mini adventure in New Zealand’s capital. We went open minded, expecting to learn a bit about the history and architecture. Our expectations were far exceeded as we discovered a city filled with mystery and surprise around every corner. It’s […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #27 – Hobbit Movie Costumes

Glamdring - elvish sword of Gandalf the Grey

Last week while at a waterfront cafe in Wellington, New Zealand mum and I came across a glass case containing the costume of Legolas from the Lord of the Rings (LoTR). Me, as a huge LoTR fan, became extremely excited when we found out that there was a whole trail of Hobbit movie costumes scattered about […]

Wellington’s Best Desserts are at Strawberry Fare

Sticky Date Pudding at, Strawberry Fare, Wellington, New Zealand

Strawberry Fare calls it a Black Forest Tower. I call it chocolate perfection on a plate.  It took only a few bites before I realized: this dessert is exactly how I envision heaven (only heaven has fewer calories). Wellington may be packed with restaurant options, but Strawberry Fare is my clear favorite. We went for […]

Zealandia, New Zealand Wildlife the Way Nature Intended

Tuatara in the bush in New Zealand

Tucked up over the city of Wellington is Zealandia, an eco reserve reminiscent of the days before humans arrived in New Zealand. A predator proof fence surrounds the sanctuary, creating an “island” within New Zealand’s capital city and allowing birds and other native creatures to live wild as nature intended. In contrast to the Wellington […]

Wellington Zoo, Home to the Only Bear in New Zealand

Sun Bear at the Wellington Zoo, New Zealand

Wellington Zoo calls itself the “Best Little Zoo in the World,” and they just might be accurate. Having lived most of my life near large cities with somewhat famous zoos, I thought I had seen it all.  Not so. The Wellington Zoo offers many surprises, and is worth a visit.  It’s one of the highlights […]

Bizarre Wellington Street Sculptures are Colorful Fun

The Waharoa of the Marea at Te Papa, Wellington New Zealand

Wellington is an exciting, eclectic mix of modern, traditional and cultural street art.  Melissa and I had a blast exploring the city and discovering so many interesting Wellington street sculptures. Often thought of as the soul of the city, colorful Cuba Street is a meeting place for friends, buskers, shoppers and diners.  We chose a […]

Walking Along the Wellington Waterfront, New Zealand

Boatshed on Wellington Waterfront

New Zealand’s capital city is the perfect place for a mom/teen getaway.  Of course we went shopping, ate some wonderful food and we also took a walk along the Wellington waterfront. Since it’s Wordless Wednesday, and I had my new street lens (20mm prime f/1.7) on my Olympus OM-D Em5. I am sharing the highlights […]

Walking the Plank – Silliness on the Wellington Waterfront

Walking the plank in Wellington New Zealand

I am not as brave as I once was, so walking the plank on this cool autumn day in Wellington was not part of my plan.  My teen, however, loves a bit of adventure. We think differently.  I saw that plank and wondered “why is that there?”  Her first thought, “Arrr, matey that looks like […]

Two Days in Wellington Crammed with a Week Worth of Fun


My niece and I just spent Two Days in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. It was a quick visit. We tried to be economical but I think we would have had more fun if we had a week in Wellington. We called it express travel to the world’s southern most capital city. We made a plan […]

Wellington’s Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform – Will You Leap?

jumping in to the Taranaki Wharf

This week I took a two day express holiday to Wellington with my niece.  Aside from traditional sights, she also took a leap from the Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform. She is far braver (and much younger) than I am. Although she will tell you that the Mountain Dew Guy made her do it! The platform […]