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  • 25 years old
  • From Colorado, United States
  • Currently in Dunedin, New Zealand

New Zealand: the home of Magical Lands

Leaving the beginning of July and returning in November, my travels throughout New Zealand and possibly Australia are just the start to my life of travel and adventure. I hope to enjoy the culture as well as learn a great deal about the animals that inhabit this amazing area. Please stay tuned to hear about all of my outings and share the experience of a lifetime with me.

Te Ika-a-Mト「i: Day 5

New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand  |  Oct 17, 2013
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 Speights and sunsets, what more could a girl want? 

Bright and early seems to be the theme of this trip but it is only because we have so much to see and so little time to see it. I mean we traveled from top to bottom the North Island of New Zealand in seven days. That's pretty impressive. This morning we made the four hour journey from Taupo to Wellington in the nasty rain but found sunshine in the capitol. It was a beautiful day so we took our time exploring the city (which is very city like). We first walked down to Oriental Bay on our way to the iSite. We didn’t get much from there other than a simple city map. We set out for the old fashioned cable car which took us to the top of the botanical gardens. It was gorgeous and I'm sure even more beautiful during the summer months when everything is bloomed. From there we saw the Bee Hive, Parliament building, and various churches. Although they appeared European in architecture, it amazed me how young the buildings looked and actually were because of the age of this nation. Even the "old" church was not very old after all. Cuba Street, the famous shopping center, was quite a treat. They had shops of every kind and even had a REAL Mexican restaurant. I have been craving Mexican food for so long that this opportunity was too good to pass up. They had amazing queso and black bean refried beans. I'm sure their other food was good as well but in a town where there is literally every type of food available, you cannot eat full meals. After this dinner/snack we set out for Mt. Victoria lookout to watch the sunset. The clouds created a spectacular show of colors and the hike up there was well needed after the copious amounts of food I consumed earlier. From the lookout we went to the "Library". From the outside, it appears to be a drab building but once inside and on the second floor the building becomes a hipster bar. Books surrounded the walls and comfy couches and recliners were the seating options. I almost fell asleep the ambiance was so relaxing. Although a big city, I am actually really keen on the idea of Wellington. I don’t think I could ever live here but it has the same relaxing but energetic feel as places like San Diego.

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    travelgreece has read AshleyGlasser's journal and gave it a thumbs up Tue Nov 19, 2013
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    Thank you Ashley ! I am very interested about a journey to New Zealand.Your posts are very useful.