Wellington 41:28° S: 174:77° E
Alan Franklin/Lynne Gane
Sat 9 Apr 2016 09:32
Dear friends and Family,
29th-31st March 2016
With only a day and a half here in Wellington, it is of course hard to do justice to the capital of New Zealand. Clinging to the hillsides and reclaimed land, Wellington is sandwiched between the mountains and the Cook's strait, surprisingly intimate, the whole central district can be walked in 20 minutes. We took in the world class centennial exhibition at the Te Papa Museum on NZ soldiers at Galipoli, World War1, by Peter Jackson, (maker of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies). This is a must see exhibition, the figures describing the scenes are at least 3-4 times human scale and detail perfect, down to the scaled up flies! The exhibition tells the stories of the men in their own words and is very moving.
Photo 1 Josh meets the Orcs!
Photo 2 Having ridden the historic cable car, the view of Wellington
Photos 3-4 Scenes on a huge scale from the Galipoli exhibition, losses from WW1 touched almost every corner of NZ.
On a lighter note our time also took in a tasting at a craft brewery, and we all had our favourites. I am staggered how different the pilsners and ales, stouts and porters can all taste.
Rounding off with a ride in the cable car to the botanical gardens, a stroll past the NZ parliament photo 7 and a visit to Old St Paul’s church with its beautiful timbered interior, photo 5, and the creative collaboration of art and poetry, photo 6.
All our best,
Lynne, Alan and Josh