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Bungee Jumping near Wellington

by journeygurl

Hi Fellow Travelers

Are there any place near Wellington to Bungee Jump?

Appreciate your reply.

Thanks.

RE: Bungee Jumping near Wellington

by catmad

Hi, unfortunately there isn't anywhere close to Wellington which operates Bungy Jumping. If you are visiting other places in NZ it might be worth looking at www.newzealand.com and click on the link at the top of the page 'Sights & Activities', then click on the 'Activities' link and then the 'Land Activities'. It will have a link to Bungy which shows 9 sites where they are operating.

Good luck!

RE: Bungee Jumping near Wellington

by SBrunch

You can bungee jump in most places but i dont think you can in Wellington or the surrounding areas.

RE: Bungee Jumping near Wellington

by lu_ese

Although there's no Bungee Jumping near Wellington, there is a central city Bungee Tower. It's like a big rubber band that launches you into the air.
Located on the corner of Taranaki Street and Courtenay Place.

It's quite a thrill...

But not quite the real thing ;)

RE: RE: Bungee Jumping near Wellington

by amariel

The bungee tower in Wellington (Courtenay Place) is lame. I would suggest, if you plan to bungee or skydive, or do any such adventure, go to the Rotorua/Taupo area. There they have the best deals and the best experiences.

RE: Bungee Jumping near Wellington

by journeygurl

Thanks so much to all your replies. I guess I have to go to Queenstown or some place else to experience the real thing.

Regards
JourneyGurL

Re: Bungee Jumping near Wellington

by JakeThomas

Queenstown is definitely unrivaled for bungee jumping. It was the greatest 8 seconds of my life so far.

If it is your first time bungee jumping, check out this basic article on "How to prepare for a bungee jump" http://www.ehow.com/how_4735465_prepare-bungee-jump.html

Travel Tips for Wellington

Gollum at the airport...

by kiwi

Is that Gollum I saw at the Wellington Airport terminal?????
He was adorning buildings in the city at one time, but seems he has ended up here for visitors to see. What a wonderful creation he is, be sure to look out and see if you can spot him. Wellington benefited in so many ways from the production of Lord of the Rings, and will always make it's appearance in one way or another. You can sense that the city is proud of it's production.

The traditional Santa Parade

by Kakapo2

On one of our visits in November we stumbled over the Santa Parade. No, not completely correct. We went there on purpose after having learnt by coincidence that it would take place on the Sunday we were there. In 2009 it was on 15 November, the day after the World Cup qualification of the All Whites (NZ’s football national team, and this is the football which is played by foot and not the football that is mostly played by hand and called rugby…) for South Africa 2010. The All Whites participated in the Parade, and the celebrations went on. So a date to remember.

I do not know why they have the parades so long before Christmas. Probably because the City Council wants to remind the people that it is time to do their Christmas shopping and spend a lot of money.

It does not really matter to us Europeans. We find Christmas in summer strange enough and do not get the feeling for it, so it does not really matter if a strange parade takes place in November or December ;-)

The parade is one of Wellington's oldest events, dating back to the 1960s. It started as the James Smith Parade. The name always depends on the name of the naming rights sponsor. This year, for example, it was the Top Top Parade. Kimi the Bear enjoyed the little flags handed out before the start. Other sponsors are The Dominion Post, the New Zealand Community Trust and The Radio Network. The Parade is organised by the City Council.

Photo 2 shows Santa and his reindeer rolling in, taking the turn from Willis Street towards Civic Square.

St. Gerard’s Monastery - high above Oriental Bay

by Kakapo2

Thanks to its location on a cliff high above Oriental Bay this Catholic red brick monastery is one of Wellington’s most striking landmarks. Built in 1932, it was funded by donations in the time of depression, and integrated into an existing church from 1908. The three-storey building became home of the Redemptorists who had come to NZ in 1883.

The monastery was designed by Frederick de Jersey Clere, who also was the architect of St. Mary's of the Angels in Boulcott Street. He was a pioneer in reinforced concrete constructions which are important in such earthquake-prone cities. Although a massive building, it has a light appearance thanks to its white post and beam structure, decorated by Gothic pinnacles, pointed arches, and lancet windows.

The monastery has not had many alterations over time – however one dramatic one when the original entrance was demolished to make way for a carpark in 1971 when it became a parish.
The Redemptorists were in the monastery until 1988 when declining numbers and high cost forced them to put it on the market. In 1992 the International Catholic Programme of Evangelisation (ICPE) purchased it for use as a retreat and training centre for evangelist missionaries. They guaranteed the use until 2012. The City Council bought land in front of St. Gerard’s to prevent it from being obscured by other buildings.

The church holds historic treasures like the Swan’s Altar, and it has beautiful stained glass windows.

Catholic mass on Sundays, 10.30am

Address: 75 Hawker St (corner Moeller St & Oriental Terrace), Mount Victoria

Scenic drive to Palliser Bay

by vtveen

Leave Wellington and take SH 2 over the Rimutaka Range. Through Featherston and Martinborough you will reach Palliser Bay in about 1½ hour.

Enjoy the scenic drive, the quietness, lots of seals along the road, the Putangirua Pinnacles and the lighthouse at Cape Pallisser.

For much more tips and pics see my Wairarapa page.

Jet

by fishandchips about Jet

Jet is a bar and situated on the corner of Courtenay Place & Allen St. It is a smallish spot but with really comfy semi-circle cubicles inside and some tall tables with bar stools outside. The outside seating is great in Summer for relaxing and having a beer while watching Wellington and its people do their thing. Jet is directly over the road from the local Art House movie theatre so a great place for pre movie drinks (not too much though!!) or an after movie spot to discuss the finer points of life.

Jet has the likes of Tiger and Mac beers on tap plus Heineken & Monteiths. You can also buy food here but as I have never indulged (eatin's cheatin' as my Irish friend tells me) I can't comment. Smart casual at least though, being the cutural capital of NZ, what passes for smart casual here is less dressy than some other cities.

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