12.02.2012 22 °C
We caught an early morning ferry out of Wellington to bring our short tour of North Island to an end. Saturday was a long drive from Rotorua to Wellington, including crossing the central plateau past three huge, and still active volcanoes. Of which two were cloud covered but the third was fully visible and looked just like it did in Lord of the Rings. Yes folks, we'd arrived at Mount Doom. No danger of my ring going in there though....
Would have liked to have spent more time in Wellington judged on what we saw last night, it looks like a great city. We did a whistle-stop tour of the sights, ending at Mac's brew pub just outside the Te Papa museum of NZ. The choice of food is overwhelming here and we settled for a Malaysian meal which didn't disappoint. With complete good luck after dinner, we arrived back at the harbour to find it chockablock with people, clearly waiting for something. After a bit of eavesdropping, we discovered that it was Chinese New Year and a firework display was imminent. Sure enough, 5 mins later and we were treated to a fabulous display over the harbour. Our brilliant night out was completed by a loud American on a pogo stick showing us his tricks - I didn't know you could do so much with a pogo stick.