Wellington (north island) is our last stop on our journey. We flew a short 35 minutes from the south island and landed in Wellington (north island) and were picked up by my friend Pallas, who lives here. How wonderful to be picked up, eat a lovely dinner at her home and stay with her...and to re-connect after many years.
We got a driving tour around Wellington, visited the Te Papa National museum, ate at a tugboat cafe, and rode a cable car to dinner.
Our final day in New Zealand....we took a ferry across the harbor to get out on the water, had a nice lunch on the wharf, and then to the airport...we have a very long flight ahead of us...but what a wonderful experience this has been...wow! The most beautiful place I have ever visited!
Day 6...We made our way north to the city of Blemhem and walked to 4 of the many wineries to taste the local New Zealand wines.
Day 7. We drive through Nelson to Kaiteriteri where Chip's adventure race starts and to meet up with the other athletes. Lots of packing and planning happening for their 7 days of kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking. These athletes are amazing!
Day 8.... Diane and I went mountain biking at the local mountain bike park in Kaiteriteri... We found most of the climbs and some of the fun downhill trails too!