Cook Strait



Wellington, home to 400.000 souls and cosmopolitan capital city of New Zealand is the second most populous urban area at the southwestern tip of the North Island between Cook Strait & the Rimutaka Range.  The city is a busy & vibrant place packed with heritage buildings, theatres, eclectic cafe’s, museums, galleriesparks, bars & restaurants.  It has a spectacular natural setting , nestled between the harbour & hills and bordered by beautiful bays & beaches.  We stayed here just for one day, walked around in the botanical gardens, took the very popular ‘Cable Car’ to the suburbs, visited the ‘Te Papa’ museum about NZ and explored the city.  Wellington was the last stop of our journey in the North Island before taking the Interislander ferry for a scenic journey through Cook Strait to the cosy town of Picton, a vibrant seaport that sits at the head of the breathtakingly beautiful ‘Queen Charlotte Sound’ and with a pleasant park area between the township & the water’s edge.

Free chocolate cake & ice-cream @ Sequoia Lodge in Picton

Free chocolate cake & ice-cream @ Sequoia Lodge in Picton

In Wellington I met Vivian as well, a 27yr old girl from Uruguay that responded to my advertisement on couchsurfing to join me in this journey.  She planned to stay with us for the next 2 weeks and share the costs of the rental car.

In Picton we were lucky to find a cosy hostel with free wifi, free jacuzzi, free chocolate cake with ice-cream & a lovely lady managing it!  We were happy to relax there before hitting the road the very next day…

One Response to “Cook Strait”
  1. Kiwi says:

    Beautiful photos, Wellington is a wonderful city 🙂

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