Fernhill Motor Lodge Wellington

17-19 Pharazyn Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
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phone services

by dmiller048

Hi Friends,

I'm moving from the US to Wellington soon, and I'm curious to know if anyone has advice on phone services. For example, I've heard that I can sign up for a digital phone service (e.g., Vonage) while I'm still in the US now and then use that same phone number and phone service while we're living in NZ. That way, we call easily and inexpensively phone friends and family in the US and they can phone us in NZ. I've also heard that it's cheap and easy just to use calling cards.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance.

RE: RE: phone services

by Chellenz

usually you can get a friends and family thing where you choose a country you call all the time and you will get cheaper rates thats just through Telecom...normal phone provider in n.z...
The same as here in Aussie you can get calling cards from dairy corner shop that you use from your home phone that gives you cheap calling rates....I am sure you will be fine and will work it out when you get there!
try doing a google search for telecom and have a look at there deals/packages that they do.

good like Michelle

Re: phone services

by Petuchovas

Hi, I moved to Wellington from the states two years ago. I have an old iphone and bought a sim card with one of the main carriers, topped it up with money and still use it as a prepay phone. The best deals are with 2 degrees, you can check out their website
But be aware not all phones will accept the sim cards. In the begining I bought phone cards to call home as they are very cheap, but now I only use Skype.

Re: phone services

by abeorch

I used Skype with a SkypeIn number in the UK (you can get the same for the US) that gives you a local number in the US that your friends can call that will route to your PC. Skype is also a cheap way to return the calls.

For just cheap outgoing calls you can buy calling cards but that doesn't give you option of cheap incoming calls.

Broadband deals in NZ are pretty crap in comparison to the rest of the world but if you are there for a while and need Internet then you're going to be paying for that anyway. Wellington is the Internet capital of NZ. I haven't used it myself but There are a few publicaly available Wi-Fi networks that you may be able to use (cafenet.co.nz). I haven't used them myself but check them out.

If you aren't going to be in NZ for a year or so you could get Skype to forward your calls to a Pay as you go Mobile in NZ (Vodadfone and 2degrees are GSM like AT&T).

Travel Tips for Wellington

The Gusts that make Windy Wellington

by Kakapo2


Believe me, Wellington is not the only windy place in New Zealand, especially in spring, although it has the label Windy Wellington. Wind speeds are not much higher than in other coastal cities. What makes Wellington special in this respect are the powerful gusts of more than 63 km/h (34 knots) which blast the city on an average of 199 days per year. Such days are counted as windy days. Other cities might have such strong gusts on 30 or 35 days. Very windy days are days with wind speeds of more than 96 km/h (52 knots). Wellington has an average of 64 of these… (Source: www.nz.com)

New Zealand consists of long thin islands located in the roaring forties, so it is a windy place. Wellington, at the bottom of the North Island, experiences westerly gales sweeping through Cook Strait, and southerlies that come up from Antarctica. This narrow passage has the effect of a funnel that bundles the gusts which then sweep into the lenghty harbour basin.

The narrow streets, bordered by high-rise office buildings have the same effect – and so even make the gusts worse. When once you get into such a blast and it rains, do not even think of opening your umbrella. Either you lose it, or it breaks, and whatever happens – it does not protect you from the rain at all. Better you go to a museum or have a coffee break ;-)

Views from the House

by djramey

One of my best mates, Janine, lives in Kilbirnie, a suburb of Wellington. Her house provides some of the most spectacular views of the suburb and we were able to sit on the couch and watch all of the people in the city.

The most brilliant night we sat and watched all of the fireworks on Guy Forks' Day. if you don't know the story behind Guy Forks, ask any Kiwi and they will be glad to tell you.

Nevertheless, all New Zealanders will tell you how they love nature and the beauty behind scenery. Many homes, especially in Wellington, have large windows with great views. Nothing is better they think, as do I, waking up and drinking tea while having a look out the window. They weather is always beautiful except during the rain and even that is heart warming to watch.

Check out Thorndon

by craic

It is not exactly off the beaten path - but I am going to use this section to describe suburbs which seem worth devoting some time to. Thorndon is actually close to the CBD. The pretty part with all the cafes and quaint wooden houses and antiquey shops starts about half way up Bowen St (near the railway station) and continues along Tinakori Rd. Take a number 03 bus to Karori Park and get off at the top of Bowen St and then walk back down - but it really isn't a difficult walk up the hill. The cute pretty part isn't very huge! Perhaps get a map of all the historic places from the Information Centre at Civic Square to give your wanderings some point and purpose.
Stop off for refreshments at a cafe or at the Shepards Arms Pub - rummage through the bookshops and galleries and shops full of ye olde stuff (one shop thinks the 60s is a source of ye olde stuff) some clothing boutiques, couple with second hand designer stuff - vintage?
But it is the pretty pretty typical Wellington houses, all buffed up, perched on hills or down in gullies which are the main attraction I think.
This area had descended into being almost a slum - but then was rescued and gentrified.

Old St. Paul’s – How fabulous People Saved it

by Kakapo2

When the Anglican Church gave up the now Old St. Paul’s Cathedral as its parish church and inaugurated the new – now St. Paul’s – cathedral, they did not treat the beautiful building that had served them for nearly 100 years in a very honourable way.

The diocese tried to demolish the church, but strong protests by a small group captured big support. So in 1967, three years after the ecclesiatical function had been transferred to the new cathedral, the Government purchased Old St. Paul’s and vested it in the NZ Historic Places Trust. It is supported by the Friends of Old St. Paul’s Society – a great bunch of people, as we could see.

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

Black Harp

by fishandchips about Black Harp

The Black Harp is a great Irish bar on Featherston St with all of the stuff you'd expect from an Irish bar - good booze and some good entertainment on and near the weekend. There are some interesting items around the bar of an Irish nature plus an old library area complete with easy chairs and books. There are plenty of good brews on tap incluidng my favourite - Kilkenny (mmmmm, Kilkenny...) It's an Irish bar so most things are fine......


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