New Zealand Adventure – Wellington

Ferry ride from Picton to Wellington

After leaving Abel Tasman behind, we drove through the night to a hotel in Nelson so we would be closer to Picton for our ferry the next day. Scott was a real trooper for getting us safely to the hotel despite being exhausted. This was a first time driving on the rather remote southern island at night. Nearly everything was closed and we were very nervous about finding an open hotel. Luckily we did and we got some much-needed rest. The next morning we made a stop at Ritual in Blenheim for some food (I had my first caramel slice here and fell in love) and randomly ran into one of Scott’s PlantBuilt teammates. We arrived at the Picton Ferry Terminal with plenty of time to spare and turned in our rental car. The Ferry ride was nice and relaxing with some beautiful views of the smaller islands off the coast. When we arrived in Wellington, we got our new rental car and made our way to our hotel and had dinner at Aunty Mena’s Vegetarian Cafe. The next morning, we had breakfast at the highly recommended Práńáh Cafe, which was as good as we were told (second caramel slice was consumed here). We then headed over to the Weta Cave to check out all the Lord of the Rings merch and take the Weta Studio tour which was pretty cool. Then Scott had his hopes set on visiting the Adrenalin Forest which is a space full of trees connected by zip lines and obstacles, with a healthy fear of heights, I opted to watch him zip around the courses and took photos and videos galore. After working up an appetite in the forest, we headed to Burgerfuel (which was also highly recommended) for some vegan burgers, fries and milkshakes. Then we zipped over to the Te Papa Museum to check out some art. Before leaving Wellington the next morning, we made one last stop at Práńáh Cafe for breakfast and took some leftovers with us to enjoy at our next destination.

Lunch at Ritual Cafe in Blenheim Dinner at Aunty Mena's in Wellington
Satay Tofu Pie at Práńáh cafe in Wellington
Epic breakfast at Práńáh cafe in Wellington Chocolate Caramel Slice at Práńáh cafe in Wellington
Adrenaline Forest in Wellington
Weta Cave in Wellington
Martino Gamper furniture at the Te Papa Museum in Wellington
Lentil Mushroom Pie
Shepherd's Pie

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