You just KNOW when you start to approach the city of Wellington. The road became more congested and I lost that carefree feeling I got from the open countrysides. I don’t think I was quite ready to be thrown back into a bustling city just yet.
FIRST STOP: Mount Victoria Lookout
From the top of Mount Victoria, we got a great panoramic view of the harbor and the city’s skyline. We would have stayed longer to enjoy the views but we realized that what we read was right: Wellington is indeed WINDY. With my hair flying all over my face, I ran back into the RV.
From Mount Victoria Lookout, you can access the Hobbit Hideaway trail. This is where they filmed the “Get off the road! Quick!” scene in Fellowship of the Rings where the hobbits hide from a ring-wraith. I was really hoping we would have time to do this short trail but we had tickets to visit the Weta Workshop (see my next post).
After our tour through the Weta Workshop, we took our time wandering and eating our way through Wellington.
LUNCH: Ti Kouka Cafe
SNACK NO. 1: salted caramel cookie from Leeds Street Bakery (YUM)
Parts of Wellington made us feel like we were back in hipstery areas of Brooklyn. Like this area outside the bakery:
SNACK NO. 2: Feijoa sorbet from award winning Kaffee Eis.
Kaffee Eis has four locations in Wellington. The Jervois Quay location is conveniently located on the waterfront so you can take your gelato/sorbet and slurp it up as you walk along the water enjoying the views as we did.
DINNER: various bites from the crowded but awesome Wellington Night Market
We originally planned to stop by the night market, grab a few small bites, and head to one of Wellington’s many restaurants for dinner. But there were so many tempting stalls that we decided to stay and sample a little of everything.
I’m still waiting for NYC to have a night market like the ones throughout Asia. The ones that are jam packed with people but you don’t mind at all because the street food is worth being shoved around for. The whole market is buzzing with energy, flavor, and entertainment. Most of the stalls were run by a fairly young hip looking chefs making all types of cuisines (predominantly Southeast Asian). The Wellington Night Market is a cool, modern take on Asia’s traditional night markets.
There’s even live entertainment!
I was mesmerized watching the guy make my Chinese crepe. So many layers of yummy flavors piled on top of each other.
MOUNT VICTORIA LOOKOUT
Address: 49 Lookout Rd, Hataitai, Wellington
GPS Coordinates: -41.296276, 174.794754
Duration: 15 mins. The high winds deterred us from staying longer.
TI KOUKA CAFE
Address: 76 Willis Street, Wellington Central, Wellington City
GPS Coordinates: -41.288225, 174.775235
Contact: 04 4727682
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 9:30 am – 3 pm
LEEDS STREET BAKERY
Address: 6G/14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington City
GPS Coordinates: -41.292938, 174.776956
Contact: 04 8024278
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm; Saturday 8:30am – 4:30pm; Sunday closed
Address: Frank Kitts Lagoon 49/77 Jervois Quay, Wellington
GPS Coordinates: -41.287929, 174.779055
Contact: +64 4 472 9155
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am – 6 pm
WELLINGTON NIGHT MARKET
Address: 116 Cuba Street, Wellington
GPS Coordinates: -41.292668, 174.776042
Hours: every Friday 5 pm – 10:30 pm