28 November 2019
After our night out to sea today dawned just a little cloudy and we could see from the app on the television just how far out to sea we travelled. We did not have any tour bookings for Wellington so we enjoyed our breakfast in the dining room and then made our way off the ship to the waiting free shuttles. They would drop us at one of two shuttle stops in town and be available for return journeys until 4:30pm so we had the whole day to explore.
We took the shuttle to the first stop near the parliament buildings and made our way along Lambton Quay to find Cable Car Lane where we caught the Cable Car to the top at the Botanic Gardens for $5 one way. We took some photos of the views of Wellington and had some morning tea at the café before finding the pathways leading through the gardens. They are mostly downhill and after a brief stop at the Treehouse we found the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and Begonia hothouse. There are wonderful specimens of roses, all in bloom, and it would have been very easy to stay all day.
We continued on to return to the parliament building area and then walked along the waterfront finding the redeveloped area of Queens Wharf with many restaurants and bars to choose lunch. We ate at Munchen which is a german beerfest style pub and enjoyed our schnitzels before heading off again through the main city area. Further walking took us to the national museum Te Papa Museum where we managed to spend a couple of hours exploring the Maori history and took in a house with a demonstration of an earthquake in the section noting mainly the Christchurch earthquake. I couldn’t resist a photo with this cute guy but I haven’t changed footy sides.
It was time to locate the shuttle for the return trip to the ship and rest our tired feet in the spa before having a light dinner. Julie went to the show and I watched a movie. We need to be up and out early in the morning tomorrow.