I call this my second honeymoon. This is our first time traveling without our boys! It’s been a while. We are very grateful again to have this amazing trip fully paid for by WorldVentures.
Landed safely in the middle of middle earth!
You never know what you may encounter at NZ airports.
Express check in at Travel Lodge hotel, Wellington.
A warm welcome by our in-destination support guy called William. He specially flew in from Hong Kong to support this trip. Thank you WorldVentures!
My happy wife with a bag of welcome gifts!
Free upgrade to one of the best city-view rooms at the hotel!
Welcome Dinner for Dreamtrippers. Awesome 3-course dinner!
Our Dreamtrip host surprised my wife with a nice belated birthday celebration! How thoughtful of him. (Tip: If you go for a Dreamtrip during your birthday month, you are likely to get this special treat from your host!)
Just 7 of us: 5 dreamtrippers + a local tour guide + an in-destination support (our host). This feels like a private tour group.
Day 2: Visit to New Zealand Parliament Building
Wellington’s iconic Old St Paul’s is one of New Zealand’s greatest heritage places and one of the best examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture in the world. A ‘must-see’ experience on your visit to Wellington.
Old St Paul’s is a place of living history, a place that tells the stories – not only of the church but the people of Wellington and the historic suburb of Thorndon. Constructed in 1866 entirely from native timbers, the glowing interior is enhanced by stunning stained glass.
I played 3 hymns at Wellington’s iconic Old St Paul’s. Praise and Glory be to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is always faithful and true.
The Peace Flame was brought to Wellington from Hiroshima in recognition of the capital’s commitment to a nuclear-free world. The accompanying plaque “calls attention to the indiscriminate and uncontainable nature of nuclear weapons which kill beyond borders and generations”
Next stop: Wellington Cable Car
One of Wellington’s most popular tourist attractions, the Wellington Cable Car runs from downtown Wellington to the picturesque suburb of Kelburn and Wellington Botanic Garden.
Unfortunately it’s undergoing a major overhaul recently and we are not able to get on it. 🙁
Rising 196m above the city, the Mount Victoria Lookout is a Wellington must-do. Head to the lookout and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Wellington city and harbour, and beyond.
New Zealand’s Wellington has the reputation of the World’s Windiest City. Average wind speed is 29km/h!!
There’s a joke that the favorite song here is “Gone With The Wind”. I think the song “If We Hold On Together” can make it to the charts too!!
Bonus: The Weta Cave (not on our itinerary)
I just got to know that Peter Jackson is from Wellington. Thanks to him and his visionary team, they setup the Weta Workshop, a special effects and prop company based in Wellington New Zealand, and hence created hundreds of jobs for the people here.
Peter Jackson is best known as the director, writer and producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012–14), both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Are you looking for this? #MyPrecious
If you are wondering how did hobbits get their big hairy feet.
Fighting my way out!!
This little blue banner sure brought some laughter to tourists watching me do this pose.
Some Interesting Places (not on our itinerary)
A group of artists collected junk and remake them into cool art pieces
Very cool street art in Wellington
To the unknown New Zealand warrior. We remember you.
Braving heavy rain and wind to go to the War Museum!
The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War.
In the museum, we journeyed through the War, year by year, saw the challenges faced by brave young soldiers.
We can feel the gritty hardship and the horror of the battlefields as seen by those caught in the conflict.
Most thought that the war would be over by Christmas 1914. But it dragged on for another 4 more years…
1918 – The end of WWI
Remembering ANZAC soldiers for the price they paid so that the world can enjoy freedom.
Next stop: Zealandia Ecosanctuary
Zealandia is home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife – all thriving wild in a world-first protected sanctuary valley.
This is definitely one of our trip’s best experiences.
The rain and wind kept pounding on us during our 2 hours night walk in the sanctuary. We felt so cold, wet but inspired.
We saw many wildlife in its purest form and in its natural habitat.
We saw beautiful blue glowworms that would be hard to see in normal conditions. The rain and cold made them glowed so well.
Over at Zealandia, I feel like I am teleported into Jurassic Park! It would be a perfect place for dinosaurs to live in or to make a good dinosaur movie.
Coming back from Zealandia, we are all cold and our shoes are all wet! All of us agreed to go for our farewell dinner in our slippers. How cool is that!!
I love dreamtrips. I get to hang out with people who are like-minded, positive and fun! That makes the trip even more fun, isn’t it? Here we are, having a wonderful fine-dining experience….in our slippers.
Time to say good-bye
Goodbye fellow dreamtrippers. Goodbye Wellington. We will be back again.
Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta