Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cruise New Zealand 4th Port.

Arrived Wellington  ready to go, walked into town from port about 15 mins.

This ball is hanging outside Information center. Can not remember the name or why it has been placed there. But looked really cool just the same.

Went to the Museum (Papa Museum of New Zealand) spent at least 1 hour there could have stay longer but we are on a time limit.

Despite the steep hills, the city can be explored on foot, Kelburn cable car, stairways and foot paths climb the slopes from the city center. We chose to ride the cable car to the top.   Looking out at this great view from the botanical gardens.

 Instead of returning by cable car we decide to walk through the gardens to the bottom at least 30-40 mins.  As long as you follow the red line.

As you can see by this beautiful plant below some flowers were beginning to come out to play in the sun.

The lushness of the ferns in the rain forest was exceptional. Looking down the cafe below.
The Bee Lady. 1994.

Alison Clouston (1957)

Displayed in the Civic Square as part of the Wellington International Festive of the Arts. The bee lady was donated to the city by an anonymous benefactor.  The bee lady was carved out of a eucalyptus (gumtree) that was blown down in a storm in the Blue Mountains (West Sydney).

The Parliament buildings crown a knoll near Lambton Quay. The 1922 Edwardian Parliament House and the 1897 neo-Gothic Library contrast with the Beehive - the Executive Wing. Which was opened by the Queen Elizabeth in 1977.

Even though we arrived to find that there were no tours of Parliament House, we were lucky enough to be there when the Speaker of the House was off to the Governors to be served with the warrants.

John Key and his party would be sworn back in the next day.

This made my Hubby's day.

Took a taxi to the top of Mt. Victoria.  As we needed to return back to the ship and running out of time once again.  Was a glorious view, pity we couldn't stay and soak it all in.

By the end of the day, l for one was glad to be driven back to the ship, as my feet and legs had been over walked this whole trip.

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