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Wellington Botanical Gardens

by zvike

How long should I allow to take the cable car one way to the Wellington Botanical Gardens, walk around the gardens and than walk back to my hotel in the Central Business District? Any other tips will be appreciated.

Re: Wellington Botanical Gardens

by craic

oh hi - i have done this very often and it is a very pleasant thing to do - I'll gather my thoughts and get back to you in a couple of minutes

Re: Wellington Botanical Gardens

by craic

the cable car takes maybe ten minutes (or less) to get to the top and they go every ten minutes
if you stroll downwards to the gates on Glenmore Street - maybe an hour - then take in the rosegardens - half an hour - there is a nice cafe there - another half hour
then stroll down glenmore street and Bowen Street past the Beehive and you are on lambton Quay - 10 minutes
how far you hotel is from there depends on where it is
you could linger and take longer of course - if the day is lovely and the tulips are out

Re: Wellington Botanical Gardens

by stevemt

As Jen said, allow 1 - 1 1/2 hours to meander down through the gardens. The views from the top of the cable car are quite spectatular on a nice day.

Re: Wellington Botanical Gardens

by Kakapo2

For someone who has never been there I think 3 hours is the minimum.

At the top of the cable car you have a very interesting cable car museum, nearby is an observatory. You also have great views from the so called Treehouse (closed on weekends though).

If you are interested in birds you will stop several times to watch the tui (birds).

Before reaching the Beehive you walk through the hugely interesting Bolton Street Cemetery which is bisected by a motorway.

Travel Tips for Wellington

Why a Quay is in the Middle of the City

by Kakapo2

You might wonder why Lambton Quay is a quay although it looks like and is a normal street. But it once was the fringe of the land, so a beach road – and not even the original one. Its name is testimony to the many harbour reclamations since the arrival of the Europeans who successively expanded the area of the inner city.

When European settlers arrived in Wellington in 1839 there was little flat land close to the harbour. Reclaiming part of the harbour started in 1852 when the provincial government reclaimed 0.3 hectares. Between 1857 and 1867 another 8.4 hectares were added in a succession of projects. In total the inner city area grew by a total of more than 350 hectares since 1852.

The actual Government buildings sit on the fourth reclamation of 1.1 hectares. Directly beneath this area was the Lambton Quay beach. Fill was taken from a hill behind the Parliamentary Library.

The early reclamations had been undertaken by horse and dray. Later, wagons which ran along railway lines, were used.

Two major earthquakes in 1848 and 1855 also helped to raise the land fringing the harbour.
Lambton Quay today is Wellington’s traditional main shopping and business street. Although some well-known shops have moved to other areas, it is still the heart of the CBD.

Lambton Quay starts at the intersection with Willis Street, and reaches up to the Parliamentary Buildings and Old Government Building at its northern end. There it continues as Molesworth Street.

Apart from many beautiful shops you also find the city stop of the Cable Car on Lambton Quay.

Maori Tattoo Art studio/museum

by Kate-Me

Unfortunately when we went there, the Tattoo museum was closed, but there was a fairly good write-up about it in the Lonely Planet Guide.
Maori tattoo art has a very long tradition in NZ, and though I didn't see any maori men with traditional art on their faces, i'm sure there is still plenty of it tattooed elsewhere, and we saw several maori tattoo art studios on our travels around NZ.

I found the Tattoo Museuam building quite interesting and impressive to look at on the outside.
It's just around the corner from the Chancellor Hotel in the Cuba Quarter)

The Cake Tin (Westpac Trust Stadium)

by Hmmmm

The Westpac Trust Stadium (or 'The Cake Tin' as it it otherwise known by Wellingtonian's) is a great place to watch a Cricket ODI (One Day International). Just rock up there with a shine on from a Champagne Breakfast, by a few beers inside, put on your best sledging voice and have a great day out supporting the the 'Black Caps' (the New Zealand Cricket side). Actually the Cake Tin is a good cricket ground. Being surrounded by walls, the pitch remains in great shape, and the Wicked Wellington Wind is kept at bay, allowing the players to wave the wand, and others to swing the ball. We saw this recently with the last ODI being played a week or so ago against Sri Lanka. What a wonderful close game it was. NZL snuck ahead at the very end of the game to come away with a win.

However. If Cricket is not your cup of tea (yet how could it not be) and you find yourself in 'Welly' during the winter. The 'Cake Tin' is home to many fabulous rugby matches. Including the Super 14. The Stadium is home to the Wellington Hurricanes. Also test matches are played here too, allowing any punter the chance to see the Lions, England, South Africa, Australia or any other team that pits itself against the All Black (New Zealand) rugby machine.

Actually, in about 3 weeks (Feb. 3rd-4th 2006) The 'Cake Tin' is home to the IRB World rugby Sevens. Now that is a good couple of days. The Guff: Opened in December 1999, the Westpac Trust Stadium is the first purpose built multi-use sports stadium in New Zealand and provides a regional stadium adjacent to the CBD in New Zealand's capital. The stadium accommodates 34,500 people in a complete bowl set around an international 1 day cricket oval. The orientation of the oval, and the enclosed nature of the stadium, also provide close proximity to the international standard Rugby field for the winter sport codes. The stadium incorporates a roof over 70% of the seating area, further enhancing the sensation of proximity to the action and providing the highest standards of spectator comfort at any stadium in New Zealand. Holmes Consulting Group designed the structure to withstand the unusually high wind and seismic loads typical of New Zealand's capital city. The total project value was US$50 million and opened on New Years eve 1999.

Tenants: Wellington Hurricanes Super 14 and Wellington Lions RUC

St. Paul’s: The most important Anglican Cathedral

by Kakapo2

Wellington’s most important Anglican cathedral is the (new) Cathedral of St. Paul, with modern stained glass windows, and the Lady Chapel, built from rimu wood. It is not far away from Old St. Paul’s and Parliament, at the corner of Molesworth and Hill Streets.

It is open Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm, Sunday services 8am, 10am, 5pm.

This is a modern church which could not be more different to Old St. Paul’s. With very few exceptions, I am no big fan of modern churches, and the exterior of this pink monster does not do anything for me. It looks a bit like Manhattan for the poor. If there was no holy cross on each of the two differently shaped and high towers you would not think those blocks are home of a church, and even an important cathedral. More like two attempts of building the sister towers of Christchurch’s hotel Grand Chancellor.

Queen Elizabeth II lay the foundation stone in 1954 but the construction was only fully completed in 1998. However, already in 1964 it took over the ecclesiastical function from the now Old St. Paul’s Cathedral. They call the slightly kitschy style of the new cathedral a mixture of Byzantine and Santa Fé. It was designed by Cecil Wood from Christchurch.

Supermarket in Town

by fishandchips about New World Metro on Willis

New World Metro is located on Willis St and is in a very handy spot to buy your groceries at cheap supermarket prices. Being in the middle of town it is very very popular and therefore very very busy. The queue can stretch for a long way through the store though don't get put off as it moves very quickly. The shop has all of your expected items plus a bakery and deli area. Everything you'll need in the food & drink dept!!


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