Saturday, April 30, 2011

All is well in Wellington

People sometimes had misconceptions that Auckland is New Zealand's capital city. Apparently I'm one of them.

Wellington, the so-called Windy City, is New Zealand's capital city. It is where all the major government offices, the parliament, and some biggest companies are located.

If you're traveling by land, it will take you at least 12 hours before reaching Wellington. Thank God for the Wright Brothers, because it will only take you 30 minutes to reach Wellington by plane.

One of the advantages of online shopping is that you'll be able to check the new plane promos like the one from Air New Zealand where we got our ticket to Wellington for less than $50.



Air New Zealand is one great flight! They served us snacks in the plain. You can choose from cookie or lollies and tea, coffee or just plain water for drinks.


Finally after minutes of waiting, we're finally in Wellington. It's freaking windy!!!


Unlike in Auckland, where almost all people have cars, most of the Welly people use the bus, tram and tram bus to go around the city. Maybe because the streets are a little narrow and there aren't enough parking spaces for cars unlike in Auckland. Actually, if you love walking or biking, I think you will be able to go around the city and some of its nearby suburbs.


One of the main attractions of the city is Cuba Street - where shopping, arts and culture can be found in one street.


Apart from brands like Posties, Hallensteins, Valley Girl, etc., Cuba Street is also a mecca for vintage and collectibles shopping. Vintage clothes, music records, paintings, comic books, vintage and collectible toys --- they can be found here.



I love Slow Boat Record store...



Make sure to browse their music catalogue, you may find price bargains for vintage albums and music collectibles. They also sell second-hand music items and vintage movie poster reprints for film buffs.

A few meters from Cuba Street is Quay street. Quay street is like their business district and where all high-end shopping can be done.


One of the marvelous attractions of this city are its old buildings that were restored and were currrently used as shopping and office buildings.


A tour of Wellington won't be complete without a visit to the Parliament House. It is where the prime minister, John Keys works and where all the upcoming house bills are debated and became laws eventually. 


The Parliament House is open for touring. Make sure to go inside and check the schedule of their tours. These are free but you are not allowed to bring any gadgets and cameras with you. Make sure also that you are decently dressed when entering the building. I think those who are wearing sandos, slippers or any kind of house clothes are not permitted inside.


If it's a day of House Debate in the Parliament, after the tour, you can tell the guide that you are interested to watch the Debate. There you'll see the congress people in action.

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