Leaving so soon…

Just one more post on Wellington, New Zealand…

Wellington 1

…before we move on to Auckland. The aerial view from the aircraft just before we landed looked pretty impressive, don’t you think?

Wellington 2

Well, if you remember, in an earlier post, I mentioned that we went for the Sunday service at this church – the Church of St Mary of the Angels…

St Mary of the Angels 1

It is very big and looks very beautiful not just on the outside but also inside…

St Mary of the Angels 2

Wellington is basically an old city, a very nice one at that, with attractive very well-preserved buildings like this one that is being used as a pub these days…

Old building

I hear this modern one is the highest in the city…

Tallest in Wellington

…but personally, I prefer those vintage ones with their colonial architecture.

They seem to have a lot of buses in Wellington including those that run on electricity…

Wellington bus

They have two feeler-like extensions that are connected to electric wires above the roads.

I was attracted by this sculpture of a man and his dog in one of the lanes near the serviced apartment where I stayed

Sculpture

…and this is an old-time typically-English telephone booth that we happened to come across while in the city…

English telephone booth

…and here, you can see the father and the daughter clowning around…

Dad & daughter

On the day of the parade, everybody had to assemble at the old government building…

Old government building

…near the Parliament building…

Parliament

…and the war memorial…

War memorial

I saw the pigeons in the trees…

Pigeons

…and this sign…

Sign

After the parade had moved on, I walked to the Wellington waterfront…

Waterfront 1

The view is captivating there, very picturesque indeed. These are probably carvings/sculptures of cactus…

Waterfront 2

…and as it was lunch hour on a very bright and sunny afternoon at the time, everyone opted to grab a bite to eat in the open…

In the sun

…so they can enjoy the very nice sunny weather.

On the way back to the apartment, I saw this Salvation Army band playing some Christmas carols and songs…

Salvation Army band

I gave a small contribution, the least I could do in keeping with the spirit of the season of loving and giving.

The following day, all too soon we had to leave Wellington for Auckland…but stick around – there will be more, lots more posts coming up on my stay in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

24 thoughts on “Leaving so soon…”

  1. New Zealand! always wanted to go and visit the place, Maybe someday soon. 🙂 Did you visit Middle Earth?

    Middle Earth? Wellington is Middle Earth…or some say, the middle of Middle Earth. You can see the sign at the airport: “Welcome to Middle Earth”. I did not take a photo though – can’t take photos on/from the runway. Did not visit any of the LOTR sites but from Auckland, I went to Hobbiton, at Matamata – watch out for the post!

  2. Awww! All the photos are so nice and awesome especially the aerial view! The skies were so blue! You bought postcards and scanned them Kah? Just kidding!

    The one father hugged the daughter is very loving!

    Yes, we were blessed with awesomely fine weather – blue skies, bright sunshine…and very nice cool wind. I really really love the weather there. Ya…of course lah – only one I’ve got so she gets all the love that I have to give…

  3. Such lovely photos, especially the one of you and your daughter. I remember seeing those English style phone booths when I was in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Ya…the photos turned out really good. Must be the nice weather. The direct sunlight is a bit strong (even though not hot) in Wellington though (seemed ok in Auckland) so the subject may turn out looking ghostly white. I think we have one booth like that too by one road in Sibu – but part of the decor at the eatery there… LOL!!! 😀

  4. so soon?? nah, you’ve been missing long enough and everyone missed you.. haha!!

    I like aerial views seeing the landscapes from the top, they look magnificent!! and hahahaha, those are cactus?? I thought they are huge pumpkins, hehe.. :p

    That’s what my daughter told me – whatever they are, I don’t see why they need to have it there. Doesn’t really add to the beauty of the place – my friend, Shereen, would say – a waste of taxpayers’ money… Oh? You miss me? You really really miss me? Awwwwwww!!!! I’m so flattered. Blush! Blush! Muahahahahaha!!!! 😀

  5. One or two weeks is surely not enough… mine was nearly a month and yet I felt the trip was like so “congested”… hahaha.. time flies when you are having a good time, right? I haven’t been to NZ… hope I can make a trip there soon! :p

    You should, such a lovely place. Go in the spring or summer, not as grey and gloomy like the last time I went in winter.

  6. The place is so peaceful and relaxing. No wonder people love to come here.

    I love it too. So very nice, therapeutic…comforting! That’s why I enjoy staying at that airport hotel at KLIA. Not like KL proper, so busy, so noisy, so hot and stuffy and polluted and jams everywhere.

  7. one of the places i must visit one day. thanks for sharing your trip. I miss this kind of relaxed lifestyle, almost like australia where people just sit in the park to read & picnic. wish malaysia is not so hot and humid.

    I enjoy doing that too. Just buy a sandwich or a pie or burger and sit on a bench by the roadside to eat. Do this here and you will see me sweating like a fountain! 😦

    1. Hi, STP! Wishing you & yr Mrs a Merry Christmas & a happy new year! With best regards, TC & Peggy.

      Thank you and the same to the two of you. Looking forward to seeing you both in Sibu again soon… 😉

  8. The buildings in the city are mixture of modern and old architecture. Nice photos!

    And I like the father-daughter photo the most 🙂

    Yes, lovely city…very English. Ya…I like that photo too – very happy. 😉

  9. You didn’t go into the phone booth to change wearing your under wear outside? Bananaz wanted to have a full blown pix of one side of the phone booth and paste it at my door. This idea has been with me since 80’s but didn’t really act on it yet.

    The new Superman, no more red underwear on the outside lah… 🙂

  10. Nice bird’s eye view from the plane over seeing Wellington. Still prefer the old ancient type building. One eye see all haha.

    Me too. That’s why city to city, I prefer Wellington to Auckland. Auckland’s more modern…like most major cities in the world…and busier too.

  11. Why not encourage to feed the pigeons? They don’t wanna be like Trafalgar Square? We had a great experience there feeding the birds from our hands. Some of pigeons even stepped onto my friend’s head.

    Dunno. Maybe they do not want to encourage those wild pigeons to come and leave their deposits all over the place?

  12. Attractive & impressive buildings. That’s a lovely photo of daddy’s girl. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures.

    Yes, love Wellington city – it has character.

  13. Beautiful Beatiful Beautiful city! Thanks for the ‘visual” tour. If got chance, sure want to make a trip there.
    Oh, i love vintage building too. 🙂

    Love the picture, father and daughter, so sweet.

    When? When? I want to tag along too!!! Would love to go again…and again…and again!

  14. Awesome aerial view of Wellington. Great shots of the others too. Such lovely weather on your visit. When I was there it was still cold and windy being just early Spring. A very nice city indeed. Love the cathedral-like church. Thanks for sharing.

    Aww.. that clowning around picture is so sweet, certainly one for the album.

    Feel the love… 😉 Oh? You were in Welly before? I was in Auckland last in the winter – all so grey and gloomy and it was pretty cold. This time around, it was definitely a whole lot nicer.

  15. it was such a great place to be,
    i bet it would be hard to leave

    So nice I wish I could stay there forever…but everything’s too expensive, can’t afford to stay there too long. 😦

  16. Arthur,
    The sculptures in front of Wellington water front is not cactus la. They are Kina, a New Zealand sea urchin. The roe is highly prized but I don’t really care for the taste. The main reason that the public are not encouraged to feed the pigeons is to protect the pigeons. They’ll lose their natural ability to scavenge and survive on their own. Other than that, feeding will also promote over breeding and thus this will be a health hazard to humans.
    Love all the pictures in this post and I do agree that Wellington has a lot more character than Auckland. They definately have more heritage buildings and not so much of steel and glass. It will be perfect if only the place is not so windy.. Hehehe. Anyways, Merry X- mas to you, Lucy and Melissa from all of us at home. Hugs and kisses from all of us 🙂

    Same to all of you from all of us here. I did not think it was too windy – maybe I did not see the worst of Wellington or I have a stronger gravitational pull so I am more stable than others. Hehehehehehe!!!!!

    Ok, thanks for the info about the Kina and the pigeons. Ya…I did not think they looked quite like cactus too, can’t remember who told me that now – more like some kind of sea plants or sea creatures or something from the old-time Captain Nemo films.

    If anyone’s interested to find out more about the sea urchin, you can click this link to read about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kina_(animal)

    1. You look so slim in that picture of u and Melissa.Must frame that picture and display in your living room.

      Yes, that was before we went to Auckland… Once we got there, there was no turning back… 😦 LOL!!! 😀

  17. Been enjoy all your holiday posts for the past days, even though I haven’t bothered telling you earlier. Nice to see pics of your misus too:)
    From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!!

    Home for Christmas? May God bless you and your loved ones abundantly at Christmas and throughout the New Year, 2013. Cheers!

  18. This is such a nice place right? Love all the photos here, please show us more!

    By the way, Merry Christmas to you and family~

    Same to you. Sure, there will be lots and lots more in the posts ahead.

  19. Enjoyed reading all your posts of your trip to NZ. Lovely photos, lovely people 🙂
    The places are so clean, some of the scenary breathtaking..I hope to visit NZ one day.

    Nice place, beautiful scenery, great weather, nice people…but shopping’s out of the question unless you are very rich. Soooo expensive, everything! 😦

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