Wellington 2015

A friend and I were keen to keep a tradition going of hanging out in Wellington for a night while she is visiting New Zealand.  Usually I just happen to be in Wellington for work at some part of her holiday so she flies down to meet me, but this time I had no work plans to be there so we flew down together to see the Air New Zealand 75th birthday exhibition at Te Papa.

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I was excited to be sitting on the right side of the airplane as I could see the planes at the international terminal where I had been only two days earlier when we flew back from Sydney.

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Plus we had a great view of the wind turbines and city as we landed.

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We caught a taxi straight to Te Papa, dumped our bags at the front desk and explored.

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There was even a place where you could fill out a memory card of your earliest memory of flying with Air New Zealand, this is my card…

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There was a virtual reality area where you experienced what flying in the future could be like. It was my first experience of virtual reality and it was AMAZING, I really did feel what I was seeing was real.

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I loved the exhibition and would happily go again.  I even bought a couple of model aircraft as souvenirs – the Fokker Friendship which was my first plane to fly on and the NAC Boeing 737.  After we had a quick wander around the rest of Te Papa.

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Outside there is the nose of an old 737 that you could have your photo taken in but the queue was too long and the sun was too hot.

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The weather was fabulous and we enjoyed a short walk to the hotel.

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Dinner was in my favourite restaurant Portofino and my favourite waiter was there (he’d been away for a while on his OE). There was even a gorgeous sunset.

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We found some giant Kina shells and beautiful buildings.

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Before going back to the hotel we caught the cable car up the mountain to enjoy the view while eating an ice cream.

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We ended the evening by enjoying a glass of wine while enjoying the view from my friend’s hotel room (she had a much better view than I did).

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Great flight home the next day and I was even sitting on the right side of the plane again to enjoy the city view as we took off.

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