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Post Office

by craic

I was surprised to find we get a Saturday postal delivery in Wellington.
Does anyone know if post offices are open on Saturdays. Got something urgent to post and it would be a hassle to go out today and post it.

Thanks if you can help.

Re: Post Office

by Kakapo2

Sorry, I did not see your question yesterday. There should be rrrrrrring tone on the forum LOL

Mail delivery on Saturdays is totally normal in NZ. Dedicated post-offices are not open on Saturdays but you will find plenty of post-shops in the malls that are open on Saturdays and even Sundays.

Re: Post Office

by craic

hi ya - even sundays! what is the world coming to!!!

Re: Post Office

by Kakapo2

I must agree. Some people's main Sunday activity is going to the shopping malls. Isn't that sad? (Ok, let's accept it for a dreadful rainy day... ;-) Although there would still be museums, cinemas etc. ...

Re: Post Office

by craic

I've been to a Mall - and written a tip about it. The sad thing about malls is they are not different. And the fascinating thing too.

Mate, I have just emailed metlink services because their website is a mess.

In their pull down menu of bus services available they only have one flyer. The Airport Flyer. Locals seem to think it is the same things as the Valley Flyer.

But look below at their description of 2 of their travel passes (of which they have way too many)

How many Flyers can you see? And can you see an Airport Flyer?
These tickets are available from bus drivers.

Discovery Pass - $11.00

Unlimited travel for one day on Valley Flyer, Mana Coach Services (excludes Kapiti commuter bus services to/from Wellington), Newlands Coach Services, The Flyer and Go Wellington services.

STARPass - Wellington and Hutt Valley - $10.00

Unlimited travel for one day on Go Wellington (including After Midnight, Stadium Shuttle), Valley Flyer(including After Midnight) and The Flyer services.

Re: Post Office

by Kakapo2

You are right with all those different travel passes, it is very confusing. When we had our day passes we just asked the bus drivers if they were valid in their buses, as they have this Newmans and all the other operators.

And you are also correct with the Flyers...

Unfortunately, thanks to the good railway system everything is much more complicated than in Chch where you only have the bus and the ferry, and you can pay for everything with the Metrocard, and special service buses are clearly marked.

However, bus drivers in Wellington seemed more knowledgeable than those in AKL... Keep on asking them!

Re: Post Office

by craic

several time bus drivers have been terse to the point of rude with me

apparently lonely planet mentions brusque drivers - i noticed it before my cousin told me

btw notice they are called Post Shops now - not post offices

Re: Post Office

by Kakapo2

Yes, I mentioned post shops. Only wanted to make the difference between a real post office and a post shop clear. The post shops that are real post offices are closed on the weekends ;-)

Sorry for the rude bus drivers. Our drivers in WLG were all friendly. But if even a travel guide honours them with a remark about their rudeness we obviously had some lucky days. If you meet one ask him if he minds if you complain about him ;-)

Re: Post Office

by craic

oh yeah i will do that for sure

Travel Tips for Wellington

Shaky Wellington: A City Built on five Faultlines

by Kakapo2

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The 1855 earthquake was the most dramatic tremor of the earth ever recorded in New Zealand but not the first and not the last one, especially not in Wellington. The magnitude was 8.2 on the Richter scale, and it rocked the southern part of the North Island. It was caused by a movement of a fault in Palliser Bay, east of the capital and the North Island’s southernmost point.

The city is prone to earthquakes because it rests on the point where two tectonic plates meet. Several kilometres beneath Wellington the light and thick Australian plate rides over the heavier, but thinner Pacific plate. These plate movements have resulted in five major fault-lines running either through or very close to Wellington City. When one of these faults shifts suddenly an earthquake occurs.

Thanks to the frequent earthquakes Wellington has become one of the world's leading centres for the study and research of earthquake activity and for the development of seismic strengthening techniques in buildings. An impressive example of the latter – the shock absorbers – can be seen in the Quake Brake exhibition at the entrance of Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum.

The European settlers experienced their first major earthquake in Wellington in 1848 when a 7.1 magnitude shock claimed three lives. In 1855 – when 80 per cent of all chimneys collapsed - only one person died in Wellington when a two-storey hotel collapsed, and three people in the Wairarapa. The coastline was raised by up to 1.5 metres. Part of this land – which should have become a shipping basin – is now home of a famous cricket ground, named the Basin Reserve. (There, BTW, is NZ’s only cricket museum.)

One of the early safety measures was to replace brick buildings by timber constructions. However, whereas most residential homes were built of timber most commercial buildings were reconstructed in brick because of the fire risk of a wooden construction.

On the website of the Greater Wellington Regional Council I read that today a large, shallow earthquake magnitude about 7.4 along the Wellington fault during the day could cause 500 deaths and 4000 injuries. 100,000 buildings would be damaged in some way.

In the whole of NZ we have about 150 significant earthquakes every year, and 10,000 to 15,000 in total, many of them are not felt and are only measured by seismographs. Records suggest that NZ has to expect several magnitude 6 earthquakes every year, one magnitude 7 every ten years, and one magnitude 8 every century. But remember: Earthquakes are not evenly spaced!

In 1855 the Wairarapa Fault ruptured; it has a recurrence interval of 1150 to 1200 years. The Ohariu Fault ruptured about 1100–1200 years ago, and has a recurrence interval of 1500 to 5000 years. The Wairau Fault last ruptured more than 800 years ago and has a recurrence interval of 1000 to 2300 years. Shepherds Gully Fault last ruptured about 1200 years ago and has a recurrence interval of 2500 to 5000 years. The Wellington Fault last ruptured between 300 and 500 years ago producing an earthquake of about magnitude 7.6. This fault produces a large earthquake about every 500 to 700 years. So this fault has the highest probability of rupturing next in the Wellington region. And with five faultlines Wellington’s destiny is to shake more or less lightly every some days.

More information on the following websites:

http://www.gw.govt.nz/section71.cfm
http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/index.html
http://www.gns.cri.nz/what/earthact/earthquakes/earthquakefaq.html#1

Hoooorray for Wellywood !!!

by cnango

This New Zealand Sign biilboard of course looks like the Hollywood sign. Because of New Zealands beautiful scenery, talented people and low cost it's becoming a very popular place to film Hollywood type movies, most notably the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.For a time Wellington was even going by the name 'Middle Earth' . Advertisements for LOTR related memorabilia, museum exhibits, tours, etc.were prominent all over 'Wellywood' when we were there.

Bungy Extreme

by wkcsmt

If you have ever wanted the bungy experience without jumping, this could be it... for only half the price... Bungy Extreme is the ultimate in adrenalin rides. Up to 3 people are strapped into an open capsule which is connected to 2 bungy cords winched to two 40m crane towers. The capsule is then catapulted 55m into the air @ speeds of up to 160km/h in less than 2 seconds. It costs NZD$35 per person, NZD$15 ride again & NZD$20 video.

Old St. Paul’s: As romantic as a Church can Be

by Kakapo2

This beautiful white timber church is the former Cathedral Church of St. Paul, located in Mulgrave Street, and named Old St. Paul’s to distinguish it from the new Anglican cathedral in Molesworth Street.

Although it is no longer a parish church, it is still a consecrated building. It is non-denominational and used extensively for weddings and other services, as well as concerts and cultural events.

Already if you only look at it from the outside you know why so many people want to marry there. It is synonym of romantic. Small, old, framed by huge old trees, a cosy courtyard. Well, and inside… The romantic feeling goes on. Stained glass windows, dark wooden seats, a beautiful pulpit carved of English oak, a brass lectern (that holds the bible) in the shape of an eagle with outstretched wings, wooden pillars, colourful flags, etc.

If you really want to have a look inside best is to visit during the week. It took me two days until I could finally have a look around, as every time I went there a wedding was just going to happen, or was just going on. When I was successful a wedding was just over – and I could watch the bellringers in action. Wonderful!

The original bells – as well as the original organ – were relocated to the new cathedral.

Old St. Paul’s is a brilliant example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture. It was designed by the Reverend Frederick Thatcher, then vicar of this first Anglican cathedral of Wellington.
It was constructed in 1865/66 entirely from native timbers (kauri, matai, rimu, totara), and consecrated on 6 June 1866. For 98 years it was the parish church of the suburb of Thorndon and the cathedral church of Wellington.

Read the end of the history here

You can hire the church for your wedding!

Open daily 10am – 5pm (except Good Friday and Christmas Day), and also closed during private functions.

Guided tours possible, admission free, donations welcome.

Directions:
2 minutes walk from Parliament Buildings. From Molesworth St turn into Aitken Street, then left into Mulgrave Street, church on the right after about 100 metres.

By bus: City Circular stops in front of the church, or: 3 min walk from the Railway Station, 5 min from Lambton Quay.

Address: 34 Mulgrave Street

Photo 2 is a detail of the pulpit.

Find out what's going on!

by tomatohead about Radio Active 89 fm

Radio Active's Activity Guide is done several times daily and tells you who is one where.....the music's pretty diverse and supportive of the local Wellington scene, too!

The breakfast show with Liam and Shane and Caffeine and Aspirin on Saturday mornings are great fun.

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