Exams are over, finally, yay! Paul & I celebrated by going on a mini holiday, just a quick getaway for a couple of days.
First we went camping at the DOC Putangirua Pinnacles campsite, which is in the South Wairarapa Region, south east of Lake Ferry on map below (under the bottom most clouds in the big cluster):
It was a bit of a mission putting up our big tent + airbeds for one night, certainly highlighted the fact that we need some more appropriate gear to be able to use for a couple of days away. One day, when we have some money to spend!
The weather was pretty miserable, gloomy and wet, but we decided to go for a walk up the streambed to the pinnacles anyway, about an hour & 1/2 round trip (slightly longer as I’m a slow walker!). Really glad we decided to, as it was an enjoyable walk.
The pinnacles are really amazing rock formations. They even feature in The Lord of the Rings as the Paths of the Dead that Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli have to enter to raise the army of the dead.
Walking up the stream bed. The water is all muddy due to all the rain we’ve been having in the Wairarapa at the moment. If you look closely, you might be able to see a rainbow in the middle of this photo!
Happy despite the rain
They really are amazing, the photos don’t do them justice. This is the second time I’ve been here, did a trip for school about 12 years ago.
Some of the pinnacles still have their tops, complete with grass, but others are just jagged now.
Looking back down the streambed. The lighting makes it look very gloomy!
It took a while, but I finally got Paul to sproing as well! Sometimes he needs a bit of encouragement to do crazy things
After a night in the tent we continued on to Wellington, where we stayed in the very posh Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel (thanks to vouchers I got from a mate for my birthday).
We were in room 1016, top floor, & had a gorgeous view of the harbour & city. I didn’t take any photos at night, but it was magical.
A bit out of focus, but you get the idea. To the left of the buildings was the golden-sand man-made beach Oriental Bay.
View of the city
King bed, w00t!
Before checking into the hotel we went for a tiki tour up to Mount Victoria, & the lookout up there where there is a 360 degree view of Wellington. It was a beautiful day, sunny with a light breeze. We haven’t seen that much sun for ages!
This is the view from where we stopped to have a snack, before we walked up to the lookout.
View of the city from the lookout.
Up at the lookout there were lots of flax bushes, & more tuis than I have ever seen in one place before! Even though we have them at our place, they were very close so Paul took the opportunity to take photos.
Their heads were orange/yellow from the pollen as they dipped their heads in to get the nectar from the flowers.
Another MySpace-esque pic!
We then went to Lyall Bay for a walk on the beach, & rock pooling. Paul found a starfish!
After that we went back to Oriental Bay and walked along the waterfront to find something to eat, & enjoyed the sun.
In the evening we walked down to the Embassy Theatre to see a movie, it was less than 5 minutes from our hotel, which was awesome. After we had mexican for dinner, as that was the one planned thing I wanted to do when we were in Wellington. We ate at Pan De Muerto (“Bread of the Dead”), which was situated just before the Embassy Theatre. It was delicious, & had friendly, prompt service. I love mexican food!
All in all it was an awesome two days away, a real mixture of different things to see & do.