Rosemere Backpackers

6 MacDonald Crescent, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
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Bike tours and other things in Wellington


My wife and I will be visiting Wellington in February for the NZI Sevens rugby match. We'll be staying at a hotel near the Botanical Gradens and Anderson Park. We are in town but for a few days (6 days I believe) and two of those days will be full of rugby revelry, and a good amount of jet lag, I suppose.

We will see Te Papa, and some other sights I'm sure.

I am interested in bike tours of Wellington and the nearby area. Does anyone know of a reputable bike tour operator in Wellington? I've checked a few websites...but they ALL make themselves seem great. I am looking for some local or travelers with good experiences with bike tour companies.

Sorry it's a bit wordy, my first nigth shift of the week.

Thank you

Re: Bike tours and other things in Wellington

by Kakapo2

Sorry, can't help you with the operators. Just bicycle tours are not my first thought when I think of Wellington. As a European I consider the city highly unsuitable for cycling with its narrow roads and dense traffic. Plus, it is extremely hilly. Many cyclists out at Oriental Bay though. However, if you are fit and do not mind a lot of climbing sections, you can get on the many MTB trails they have in the area. In Wellington there is a MTB park in Karori (Makara Peak), so just over the hill from your accommodation.

As for the tour operators: Should they advertise their businesses by writing: "I am not the best but..."??? ;-)

Travel Tips for Wellington

Internet Connection!!

by kiwi

The Em@il Shop.
Corner of Victoria & Wakefield Sts, Wellington. Opposite the Lido Cafe.
tel: 04 9178860

I found this lovely, convenient, cybercafe right inside the Information Office, in downtown Wellington. $4-00 per hour internet connection.

The (boring) squabble between Aussies and Kiwis

by craic

Please - nobody mention pavlova!!!! I know who invented pavlova. (It was a kiwi, right?)

I was highly amused wandering Wellington yesterday near the carillion which is also a War Memorial - to find a statue in honour of the man with the donkey who rescued the wounded at Gallipoli during WW1. Apparently he was a New Zealander.

I was amused because there is also a statue in honour of the man with the donkey outside the War Memorial Museum in Canberra. I gotta go back and check but I am not sure they make it clear he was born in NZ in the plaque there.

It was the Anzacs, of course. Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.

Maybe the man with the donkey was a bit like Phar Lap. Born in NZ but imported to Australia as a 2 year old.

UPDATE Because it was Anzac Day yesterday the five minute quiz in the newspaper asked a question about the man with the donkey. According to them he was an Englishman who fought with the Australian army.
The plot thickens.

The Hurricanes in the Cake Tin

by Kakapo2

Of course, the Westpac (Trust) Stadium is Wellington’s most important sports venue, as it is home to the Hurricanes, playing in the rugby Super 14 league.

It sits right on the Waterfront, past the Bluebridge and Interislander ferry terminals. Driving down the hill from Otari you immediately see why its nickname is Cake Tin.

The most convenient way to access it is from the Railway Station. You have access to a pedestrian walkway straight from the platforms. The ticket booths are at the end of the 680 metre long walkway. You have access to the stadium up to three hours before the event.

The stadium is a non-smoking area but has two smoking areas.

Tickets for the Hurricanes’ games cost from $ 10 to 53 (as April 2008).

Tickets available at Ticketmaster
Phone (0800) 111 999

The football team Wellington Phoenix also play at the Westpac Stadium. Capacity is 34,500 spectators.

Very limited parking space, so you better use public transportation and make the short walk from the Railway Station.

Photo 2 shows the stadium from the highway, with lots of ship containers.

Otari-Wilton's Bush

by djramey

Visit Otari-Wilton's Bush, a native botanic garden and forest reserve that lies just on the outer banks of Wellington. Otari-Wilton's Bush is the only botanic garden in all of New Zealand that is dedicated solely on native plants. The garden has over 100 hectares of native forest and many believe it to be one of the most scenic of it's sort on the whole of North Island. No where else will you find such a virgin and native bush than Otari-Wilton's Bush.

This reserve boasts over 11 kilometers of walking tracks that weave through forest and open grass areas, including several that last around 40 minutes to an hour. You will also find Waharoa, otherwise known as gateways carved in totara by Maori peoples.

Visit Otari-Wilton's Bush for picnics with the whole family or solemn walks, but be prepared to see some of the most beautiful scenery in Wellington.

You can take bus no. 14 from Lambton Quay or find your way in a car to Wilton Road.

Civilised Thorndon style night life

by craic about The Shepherds Arms

No rough types. NO POKIE MACHINES! Very nice food which is not a total rip off. Sit at the tables and get waitress service - or sit on the bar stools and order at the bar. Agreeable staff. Music of the less raucous sort and they don't pump up the volume. Families with kids eating there. Locals meeting and chatting. No rough types staggering up and down the streets smashing bottles and asking for money or a smoke - (they are all down in Cuba Mall).
One of the oldest pubs in Wellington all tastefully gussied up.

Tell you what - this pub is so refined they don't have a bouncer - not even on a Friday night.
They do lunch too.

They also seem to have accomodation of the extremely top end sort.


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Address: 6 MacDonald Crescent, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand