Wellington is the capital city on the southwest tip of the North Island of New Zealand. (Fun Fact – Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world) On our first night, we were still adjusting to the time change so we decided to do a movie night at the local theatre to see Ted. The Embassy Theatre has amazing décor and you can order a delicious cocktail before (and during) your movie. I wish I had a picture of our bartender and his glorious curled out ‘stache – sort of a throwback to the 20s. 1000% rad!
On our second day in Wellington, we decided to rent a car for the day and drive up to the Martinborough Region to do some wine tastings. Martinborough is famous for the Pinot Noir. We visited Martinborough Vineyards (one of the most well known vineyards featuring award winning Pinot Noirs, however the Syrah here was my favorite!), Schubert Wines, Ata Rangi (another one of Martinborough’s most famous vineyards; bought a bottle of Pinot here!), Te Kairanga and Alana Estate (free wine tastings!!). We had a lovely lunch on the town square and returned back to Wellington. It was a excellent little day trip and driving on the other side of the road wasn’t nearly as confusing as I thought it would be…a good workout for the brain! Ha!
Connecting to the internet has been challenging to say the least. I guess I should rephrase that, connecting to the internet for FREE has been challenging. I spent part of a rainy Saturday morning at McDonald’s feeling like a homeless person using their wifi without ordering anything. A homeless person with a Macbook, iPad and iPhone, that is. We’ve started to become ‘those backpackers’ seeking out any and all free deals. Especially in New Zealand, since we’re planning to spend most of our money on adventures!