I have been here a few nights now. Yesterday I went to the Museum to learn more about the country and it’s people. The Polynesians settled here and then treaty’s were put in place by the British and since then there has been much deforestation and consequently much of the areas lush forests have been depleted. The ferns grow here to the heights of palm trees and their branches droop over forming an umbrella. Now this leaves them all wondering about sustainability. Like everywhere!
I then navigated through the streets with the help from James and Kate. Up the cable car we went for the views over the city and a stroll through the Botanical gardens–it’s winter and not much in bloom. The cable museum had some interesting videos playing–there are people living on the hillside that have their own private cable cars–they were reminising about their close calls–like when the car plummeted to the bottom with the dog and person both thrown!
Tomorrow I leave Wellington, cross on the ferry to the South Island. I am not sure of the stops that I make on the northern west coast first, but the ones I am looking forward to are Franz Joseph Glacier and Queenstown. The glacier has receded so much that it is no longer safe for people to walk the bottom portion due to cracks and it is not there! There is the opportunity to take the helicopter up to the top and walk around. There is also another glacier in the area that is suppose to be good to see–Fox Glacier. I will wait and see which one I go to. The real highlight there for me will be Milford Sound–the pictures remind me of British Columbia.
Nienhuis–listen up…..we are getting our geek on….Lord of the Rings tour to filming sights around Wellington this afternoon. I will upload photos to facebook later. I am not sure just what parts of the movies were filmed in these here parts….more on that later.
Hopefully, I can get some sketching in today as well. I will take along the book and see what comes of it. I guess it just depends on the amount of time that we stop at each spot. The weather is cloudy/sunny and I don’t think there is a chance of rain.