12.03.2008 78 °F
On Monday I left Taupo and headed to Wellington. The tour left at 8:00 AM and we did a lot of driving thru Turangi which has the number 1 place to fish trout in the world. We stopped to have lunch at the flat hills café. I ate my first pie here……pie’s in New Zealand you can get various types of foods in little pies for lunch or breakfast. I got a pie with eggs, cheese, and tomatoes in it. Outside of the café were tons of lambs and one annoying rooster.
We arrived in Wellington late afternoon and stopped at Mt. Victoria lookout. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and the population is around 450,000 people. Wellington is considered the Windy City because of the winds coming from the northern and southern islands.
I went to the Te Papa Tangarewa Museum in the afternoon. I didn't spend much time here because I wanted to roam around the city. The museum had a lot of information on the Maori Culture.
I rode on a simulated adventure ride which was very cool....it showed a video of random adventures (Bungy, Rugby, Sky Diving, and things like that) in New Zealand. They had New Zealand on the floor and when you stood in a section of New Zealand it would show you a video of that section. I took a picture standing on Wellington.
I also took a funny picture because I have taken a funny one each day. This was a sculpture outside the museum.
Here is a picture where Lord of Rings Premiere was in New Zealand. Most of the movie was filmed here.
Monday night most of the people on the tour headed to a bar called Nomads. We had an interesting time at the bar. One of the bouncers was Maori. He taught the guys in the tour how to do the Haka dance. Once the guys knew how to perform the dance they did the dance in front of the entire bar. Also, at the bar they played Maori rap music videos…..these were quite interesting. One of the video’s had a few Maori’s rapping in a heard of lambs. I couldn’t stop laughing at this video….all the american’s on the tour were very amused with the raping. I must admit some of it was kind of good.
Here is a picture of all the people I have been hanging out with on the tour. Many people are from Germany and England. Some girls are from the US and a few from Canada.
Onto the South Island tomorrow.