I was warned before coming to Wellington that it was windy. I thought nothing more of it, even onboard my Interislander boat, but once I had arrived in this, one of the southermost capital cities in the world, I knew they were right. Welcome to windy Wellington!
Exposed to the Antarctic drift and unsheltered to the east or south, Wellington somehow should be known as Windy Wellington. I wasn’t ready for it, but I certainly wasn’t upset about it. It was nice to have some extreme weather for once. And we sweat less in the wind – so really I could get all my clothes washed there and move one without my main bag smelling of sweaty tops.
It was my first time in NZ’s capital city. I didn’t know a lot about it other than the best sights to see were the parliament and the cable car, as far as I could tell. Well that turned out to be spot on. I also HAD to make a visit to the football stadium (and store) of New Zealand’s only professional football team – Wellington Phoenix FC, who play their matches in the A-League.
The proud New Zealand fleg flies in the wind. A fleg many Kiwis don’t like, mostly because it gets confused with the Australian fleg, but also because they believe they should have a joint fleg with Maori culture on it or something like the silver fern on it (that’s used by the NZ All Black rugby team).
The Old Parliament House. This is completely made of wood believe it or not, and is the second largest wood building in the world. Only a temple in Japan is bigger.
Ulsterman John Ballance from Glenavy in County Antrim was one of the early Prime Ministers of New Zealand. This statue sits proudly in the parliament grounds.
National Library Entrance – everything must be written in English and Maori if its related to the government.
Courteney Place by day. This is Courteney Central shopping centre.
Boats in the harbour.
Wellington Phoenix FC are one of the world’s southernmost professional football teams. They didn’t play at home when I was there, but I still visited their stadium and souvenir shop. They play in the A-League, and are the only NZ representative in that league. New Zealand, were also the only unbeaten team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Wellington was nice – and strange looking back now having been in places where there is no way you can walk around and feel safe. Wellington is a safe capital city. Not many countries can say that.
Random Fact – Official this is the world’s southernmost capital city of a country
Boots – Wellington
Duke of – Wellington
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE – GET BLOWN AWAY:
DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S ARMY:
PRINCE WILLIAM OPENS THE NEW HIGH COURTS:
* This post is now complete, but perhaps I will have further recollections on Wellington as I seem to have bunged a lot in here. I have at least 20 other videos from Wellington on You Tube.