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So while we were at the War Memorial yesterday Stu got a message from Kit that the alarm light was flashing. The alarm hadn't gone off (that we know of), it was just flashing. Stu got her to check the breakers and sure enough one had tripped. When we got back to the hotel last night I investigated how long the power had been off for. Turns it had been off for three full days :(:(:( I was pretty upset because it would mean losing an entire fridge/freezer worth of food. And we were worried about the fish too.

So of course I couldn't get to sleep for ages. And Stu stayed awake reading quite late which made me restless and he woke me up at 5am and then with a sore spine and hunger it was hard to get back to sleep. But I eventually did. Glad to not have to sleep in that bed again.

Got up a little late, got ready and backed up all the things while Stu got ready.

We headed out for brunch, ending up at Espressoholic. Had a nice brunch there.

Then we walked down to the Te Papa museum. It was a bit crazy because it was "Dance Day" and so was a bit crowded. I pretty much hated the museum from the first few minutes. It's modern so you don't get organised galleries. It's basically a choose your own adventure, which means it's easy to miss things if you don't happen to see the entrance. This may work ok for some people's brains, but not mine. It just stresses me out. I need things to be organised. So we wandered somewhat at random, because, unorganised museum. I'm not entirely sure of the point of the museum. There didn't seem to be a lot of logic to how things were organised. One minute we were walking through stuff on war with the Maoris and a second later it was feral animals. The kids did seem to like it though as there was a reasonable amount of interactive stuff. My favourite part was some of the modern art on the top floor. One gallery had a whole stack of things I thought were pretty cool. We finished up with the Gallipoli exhibition which at least had a set course to it, but was pretty crowded and did get congested in places.

Outside Museum of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa
Outside Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The Marae (meeting place) at Te Papa, designed by Cliff Whiting
The Marae (meeting place) at Te Papa, designed by Cliff Whiting

Stained glass at The Marae
Stained glass at The Marae

Dancers rehearsing in one of the foyers in Te Papa
Dancers rehearsing in one of the foyers in Te Papa

Mobile phone necklace by Lisa Walker in Toi Art
Mobile phone necklace by Lisa Walker in Toi Art

Laptop necklace by Lisa Walker in Toi Art
Laptop necklace by Lisa Walker in Toi Art

Indra's Bow by Tiffany Singh
Indra's Bow by Tiffany Singh

Indra's bow encourages us to acknowledge the spectrum of colours present in our everyday lives. The title refers to the Hindu god Indra, who used a rainbow to destroy evil. The work is also inspired by the Hindu festival of Diwali, which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness
Indra's bow encourages us to acknowledge the spectrum of colours present in our everyday lives. The title refers to the Hindu god Indra, who used a rainbow to destroy evil. The work is also inspired by the Hindu festival of Diwali, which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness

Feathers in Indra's Bow
Feathers in Indra's Bow

Fun to get different angles of Indra's Bow, although difficult to photograph the whole thing
Fun to get different angles of Indra's Bow, although difficult to photograph the whole thing

Each ball in Indra's Bow held something different relating to the colour of the ribbon
Each ball in Indra's Bow held something different relating to the colour of the ribbon

Magic!
Magic!

Next to Indra's Bow was a kids activity area.  This kaleidescope box was there
Next to Indra's Bow was a kids activity area. This kaleidescope box was there

Animation screened onto a glitter board by Reuben Paterson.  Photographs don't do it justice
Animation screened onto a glitter board by Reuben Paterson. Photographs don't do it justice

Total Internal Reflection, by Tiffany Singh.  Reminded me of the James Turrell exhibition.  That I never got to see.
Total Internal Reflection, by Tiffany Singh. Reminded me of the James Turrell exhibition. That I never got to see.

Stu watching the glitter animation
Stu watching the glitter animation

Everything in its Right Place, by Helen Calder
Everything in its Right Place, by Helen Calder

Automated Colour Field, by Rebecca Baumann
Automated Colour Field, by Rebecca Baumann

Rainbow Country, by Ani O'Neill
Rainbow Country, by Ani O'Neill

Kaz and Stu outside at Te Papa with Wellington behind us
Kaz and Stu outside at Te Papa with Wellington behind us

One of the cannons that was cast overboard from the Endeavour on 11 June 1770 when it ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef
One of the cannons that was cast overboard from the Endeavour on 11 June 1770 when it ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef

Sculpture of Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott in the Gallipoli exhibition
Sculpture of Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott in the Gallipoli exhibition

Diorama of Gallipoli
Diorama of Gallipoli

Maori prayer book which saved the life of Private Hone Tahitahi by stopping a bullet
Maori prayer book which saved the life of Private Hone Tahitahi by stopping a bullet

Collected our bags and headed up Cuba Street to find linner. Eventually ended up at the same sushi place as yesterday.

Then collected our bags and headed for the airport. We were going to leave for the airport at 17:00 but decided since we were ready at 16:00 we'd head out and then we'd only have to move once. Except that checkin didn't open til 16:30 so we had to wait around for that. And then we couldn't go through security until 17:30. So it meant a whole heap of waiting around to get to the gate. Stu was going to work on his essay but just didn't get a good enough block of time. We shoulda stayed at the hotel for an hour. Oh well.

Gandalf flying on an Eagle in Wellington Airport
Gandalf flying on an Eagle in Wellington Airport

Bought some stuff duty free (it seems you are allowed to buy duty free liquids in New Zealand, don't know why we couldn't in Hong Kong).

The flight home was a lot better then the flight over. Sadly we took off to the south so no views of the city (not that we would have seen much anyway as the clouds were too low). The entertainment system on the plane we had was much more modern, and even had USB charging in the seat. Watched Darkest Hour on it. And the GPS recorded this time! Although there was nothing much to record as I didn't get any photos because it was dark.

Stu and Kaz on the plane about to go home
Stu and Kaz on the plane about to go home

Arrived in Canberra twenty minutes early. Took a little while to get through immigration. Then a taxi home.

My computer was still on when we got home - seems it acknowledged the UPS this time and put itself to sleep. I have some dead fish in the two foot - the rummy nose tetras. That tank was offline for an extra day because the RCD needs resetting if it loses power and it felt *cold*. The fish in the angel tank look ok, and Stu said no obvious casualties downstairs, but that will need to be checked again tomorrow. Stuff in the fridge/freezer mostly *looks* ok, but some things will need more care than others. The freezer did fully defrost, as evidenced in frozen peas that had stuck together, and Stumpy's food that had obviously flowed in its bag. But how warm did it all get? There's half a chance that things didn't get *much* above freezing, as the house is pretty cool and the doors weren't opened. Sigh.

Anyways, that whole incident put a bit of a damper on the last bit of our holiday, but we still very much enjoyed it. And got to enjoy one of the very last direct international flights from Canberra to Wellington.

Another very restless night being uncomfortable from a way too soft bed and a way too big pillow.

So the plan for today was going to be Te Papa in the morning, and me to entertain myself in the afternoon while Stu worked on his essay.

But I looked at the weather forecast which said it would be cloudy in the morning with rain in the afternoon. So I said I'd go do my own thing in the morning while Stu did his essay, then we'd go to a museum in the afternoon.

So I had cereal in the hotel, then headed out around 9am. Stu had found an Art Deco walking tour, which passed by about thirty art deco buildings in Wellington. So I walked. And walked. And walked. Fifteen and a half thousand steps by 1pm. Whoops.

Tripod sculpture outside the Embassy Theatre
Tripod sculpture outside the Embassy Theatre

Central Fire Station on Kent Terrace
Central Fire Station on Kent Terrace

James Smiths Corner building on Cuba Street
James Smiths Corner building on Cuba Street

Wellington Free Ambulance building on Cable Street
Wellington Free Ambulance building on Cable Street

Hotel Waterloo on Waterloo Quay
Hotel Waterloo on Waterloo Quay

Wellington Railway Station
Wellington Railway Station

Sculpture sign of Wellington Railway Station
Sculpture sign of Wellington Railway Station

Sculpture sign of Bunny Street
Sculpture sign of Bunny Street

The Beehive
The Beehive

New Zealand Parliament
New Zealand Parliament

Parliamentary Library
Parliamentary Library

National Library
National Library

St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

Inside St Paul's Cathedral
Inside St Paul's Cathedral

Sculpture sign of Plimmer Steps
Sculpture sign of Plimmer Steps

Met up with Stu at Espressoholic and then we went and got some sushi for lunch.

Collapsed for a while in the hotel and I had a shower because I was pretty sticky.

Because my feet were so sore I suggested we go to the War Memorial instead of Te Papa, so that's what we did.

Stu next to a mural in an alley off Hopper Street
Stu next to a mural in an alley off Hopper Street

We went in and saw the Great War Exhibition, which was pretty good, and easy to follow round in a set course without missing anything. We also had a look at the Anzac Gallipoli exhibition which was mostly just photos and info boards, with a couple of deviations off the main course which stress me in museums.

National War Memorial
National War Memorial

Fountain at the National War Memorial
Fountain at the National War Memorial

Richard Alexander Henderson and his Donkey sculpture outside the National War Memorial - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Alexander_Henderson
Richard Alexander Henderson and his Donkey sculpture outside the National War Memorial

Inside the National War Memorial
Inside the National War Memorial

Inside the National War Memorial.  All the flowers were still fresh from Anzac Day just two days before
Inside the National War Memorial. All the flowers were still fresh from Anzac Day just two days before

Museum housing The Great War Exhibition
Museum housing The Great War Exhibition

Different soldiers' hats in the Great War Exhibition
Different soldiers' hats in the Great War Exhibition

Diorama of trench warfare in the Great War Exhibition
Diorama of trench warfare in the Great War Exhibition

Machine gun with periscope in the Great War Exhibition
Machine gun with periscope in the Great War Exhibition

One-third scale model of the Bruno gun, an ex-battleship gun, captured by the Australians in 1918.  The barrel of this gun is currently at the War Memorial in Canberra
One-third scale model of the Bruno gun, an ex-battleship gun, captured by the Australians in 1918. The barrel of this gun is currently at the War Memorial in Canberra

Left a bit after 5pm and went to The Third Eye in search of beer. Found some (there were fourteen of theirs on tap!) which was quite nice.

Fourteen locally brewed beers on tap at Tuatara Brewery on Arthur Street
Fourteen locally brewed beers on tap at Tuatara Brewery on Arthur Street

Just for fun, today I got photos of three of the different stop/go pedestrian lights around Wellington.  As well as the normal walky man and an animated one, I saw at least three other different kinds.  There's probably more I don't know about!

Sexy lady traffic light, Cuba Street
Sexy lady traffic light, Cuba Street

Old lady traffic light, Waterloo Quay
Old lady traffic light, Waterloo Quay

Soldier traffic light, near the War Memorial
Soldier traffic light, near the War Memorial

Then went looking for dinner. Stu wanted Malaysian so we went to Rasa. I didn't want to stay because the only free table was right next to the door - in fact you couldn't even open the door fully without hitting the chair. They said they'd move us when a table freed up, but it was just as stressful with people pushing past. Really wasn't happy but Stu wanted to stay so we did. The food was actually pretty decent. Had some satay chicken sticks, a beef rendang and another satay chicken dish, with garlic roti and coconut rice.

Then back to the hotel by 7:30pm and wondering what to do all evening. Read my book for a while and checked into our flight and blogged but I still think I'll have an early night.

Didn't sleep all that well. Every time I woke up for the first couple of hours Stu was still awake. Woke up later with an aching spine from a too soft bed and a too thick pillow.

Had breakfast in our room from the supplies we bought last night.

At about 8:40 we got picked up by Rover Rings Tours for a Lord of the Rings tour in and around Wellington. There was another lady in the bus - Jin - from Seoul who was living in Auckland studying english. We went to pick up another four people but they'd misjudged or something and weren't even in Wellington. So we had a whole midi bus for three people which was great.

Our first stop was up Mt Victoria (the northern lookout which doesn't have as good a view). And it was cloudy and windy - not nearly as nice as yesterday.

Wellington from the northern lookout on Mount Victoria
Wellington from the northern lookout on Mount Victoria

Headed down the hill a little bit to see two places in one. The first was where the hobbits were running from the farmer and tumbled down into a ravine. The second was just a few metres away where the hobbits hide under the tree stump from the Black Rider. Also just nearby was where the Black Rider appears at night with the light behind him.

Sign for Lord of the Rings filming location
Sign for Lord of the Rings filming location

Alien abduction zone warning sign
Alien abduction zone warning sign

Right here is where the Hobbits tumble down the hill while escaping from the farmer
Right here is where the Hobbits tumble down the hill while escaping from the farmer

Here is where Frodo tells the others they should get off the road
Here is where Frodo tells the others they should get off the road

Immediately next to that is where the Hobbits hide from the black rider
Immediately next to that is where the Hobbits hide from the black rider

Kazza as a hobbit looking at a black rider
Kazza as a hobbit looking at a black rider

Then it was over to the Miramar peninsula. Had a drive around the Stone Street Studios and saw the big outdoor green screen.

Stone Street Studios
Stone Street Studios

World's largest outdoor green screen
World's largest outdoor green screen

Then to the Weta Cave for the video followed by a tour of the Weta Workshops. That was pretty cool, although you don't really get to see much of the actual workshops, it's just stuff setup for the tour.

Weta Cave sign
Weta Cave sign

Sculpture in the Weta Cave
Sculpture in the Weta Cave

This guy was making guinea pig houses
This guy was making guinea pig houses

Stu with a sword in the Weta Cave
Stu with a sword in the Weta Cave

Ape sculptures in Weta Cave
Ape sculptures in Weta Cave

Ghost in the Shell costume and animatronics
Ghost in the Shell costume and animatronics

From there we drove around the eastern side of the peninsula (apparently past Peter Jackson's house, but they wouldn't say which one it was) to lunch at Scorch-o-rama.

Raquel Welch poster in one of the toilets at Scorch O Rama
Raquel Welch poster in one of the toilets at Scorch O Rama

The Raquel Welch poster swung aside to see the hole behind
The Raquel Welch poster swung aside to see the hole behind

Continued north all the way around the peninsula which was really nice.

Mahanga Bay from Massey Road on the Miramar peninsula
Mahanga Bay from Massey Road on the Miramar peninsula

Looking towards Wellington from Massey Road on the Miramar peninsula
Looking towards Wellington from Massey Road on the Miramar peninsula

Windy Wellington sign near the airport
Windy Wellington sign near the airport

Then we headed out of Wellington.

We drove past a quarry which was used for filming scenes from Minis Tirith and Helms Deep.

Quarry used to film Helms Deep and Minis Tirith
Quarry used to film Helms Deep and Minis Tirith

Stopped at a spot on the Hutt River which was used for some shots of the Great River Anduin.

Hutt River - where scenes for the River Anduin were shot
Hutt River - where scenes for the River Anduin were shot

Stu and Kaz at the Hutt River
Stu and Kaz at the Hutt River

Then to a pretty park that was used for Isengard. The scene where Gandalf rides in along the path under a gate was there, as well as where Gandalf talks to Saruman outside.

Pretty trees in Harcourt Park
Pretty trees in Harcourt Park

Grassy area where Gandalf rides into Isengard (they flipped the film horizontally)
Grassy area where Gandalf rides into Isengard (they flipped the film horizontally)

Kaz and Stu walking where Gandalf and Saruman walked together in Isengard
Kaz and Stu walking where Gandalf and Saruman walked together in Isengard

David our tour guide and our little midi bus
David our tour guide and our little midi bus

Had a brief stop at Stuart Macaskill Lakes (water reservoirs for Wellington).

Stu at Stuart Macaskill Lakes
Stu at Stuart Macaskill Lakes

Stuart Macaskill Lakes
Stuart Macaskill Lakes

And finally ended up at Rivendell. There's nothing left there now except a replica gate they put in afterwards. But I was amazed that they actually built all the sets out there, rather than in a studio.

Stu really didn't like this rope bridge over the Eastern Hutt River which swayed alarmingly
Stu really didn't like this rope bridge over the Eastern Hutt River which swayed alarmingly

Eastern Hutt River
Eastern Hutt River

Tree ferns on the little forest walk across the river
Tree ferns on the little forest walk across the river

Jin at Rivendell
Jin at Rivendell

Kaz at Rivendell.  This gate was not in the movie, they recreated one to put there for tourists
Kaz at Rivendell. This gate was not in the movie, they recreated one to put there for tourists

Stu standing where Legolas stood for publicity stills
Stu standing where Legolas stood for publicity stills

Stu is a bit taller than Gandalf and a bit shorter than Aragorn
Stu is a bit taller than Gandalf and a bit shorter than Aragorn

Kazza is a bit taller than Gimli and a bit shorter than Gandalf
Kazza is a bit taller than Gimli and a bit shorter than Gandalf

Then headed back into Wellington.

Hung out in the hotel for a little while before heading out again.

Wandered down to Whistling Sister to try some of their beers.

Then back to El Matador for dinner. Stu had been wanting to get their tasting platter for two to four, but I saw the size of it and thought we'd be pretty miserable after, so instead we got some thing off the tapas menu (smoked lamb, smoked pork belly, bone marrow, and broadbean salad). It was all pretty delicious.

House-smoked lamb with traditional chimichurri
House-smoked lamb with traditional chimichurri

House-smoked pork belly with black bean and chicharron
House-smoked pork belly with black bean and chicharron

Roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade and house-made bread
Roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade and house-made bread

Broad beans with bacon, cream and cos lettuce
Broad beans with bacon, cream and cos lettuce

Then back to the hotel to crash.

Took ages to get to sleep last night. Didn't help that the pillow was way too big and the bed a bit soft. Temperature at least was controllable with the doona cover not being sealed so could push the blankets back.

Woke up at relatively normal time, even though actually two hours early. Got up after a while and got ready then paced while waiting for Stu to get up heh.

Headed out for breakfast. Ended up at Fidel's cafe with a bit of a Cuban theme. I had eggs benedict which wasn't too bad and Stu had waffles with bacon and banana.

Then started walking.

The famous bucket fountain in Cuba Street
The famous bucket fountain in Cuba Street

We headed for Mount Victoria. While we were on Courtenay Place I saw a bus stop that said route 20 - Mount Victoria. So we looked up a timetable and one was due in a few minutes. So instead of walking to the top we took a bus :)

The view at the top was spectacular. We had such an amazing day for it. Stayed there for a while and watched a bunch of planes take off and land.

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

The sweetie and I at Mount Victoria on our anniversary
The sweetie and I at Mount Victoria on our anniversary

Wellington Airport from Mount Victoria
Wellington Airport from Mount Victoria

Wellington Railway Station from Mount Victoria
Wellington Railway Station from Mount Victoria

View of Wellington from Mount Victoria
View of Wellington from Mount Victoria

Walked up to the other lookout a little ways north, but its view wasn't as good.

Wellington from the northern lookout
Wellington from the northern lookout

Then started walking down. It was a bit steep in places, and very pretty in others.

Wellington Airport through the trees from a point just below the main lookout
Wellington Airport through the trees from a point just below the main lookout

We enjoyed the pretty walk through the trees on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria
We enjoyed the pretty walk through the trees on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria

Stu on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria
Stu on the Southern Walkway on Mount Victoria

Spectacular house at 34 Lookout Road, Roseneath, Wellington
Spectacular house at 34 Lookout Road, Roseneath, Wellington

Lower part of the Southern Walkway, just north of Palliser Road
Lower part of the Southern Walkway, just north of Palliser Road

Pretty flower on the Southern Walkway
Pretty flower on the Southern Walkway

Took quite a while all up, but eventually ended up down at the waterfront.

Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay

Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay

Meandered back towards the city.

The Tail of the Whale sculpture by Colin Webster-Watson
The Tail of the Whale sculpture by Colin Webster-Watson

Passed a boat that had been converted into a restaurant and I said maybe we could have dinner there. Stu said we could have lunch. So we did! Got cheesy loaded fries, and salt and pepper squid. Yum.

Boat Cafe
Boat Cafe

Enjoying a refreshing beverage in the Boat Cafe
Enjoying a refreshing beverage in the Boat Cafe

Our anniversary lunch - loaded fries with cheese, bacon, fresh herb gravy, and salt and pepper squid
Our anniversary lunch - loaded fries with cheese, bacon, fresh herb gravy, and salt and pepper squid

Then kept on walking kept on walking.

Stu in front of the boat sheds
Stu in front of the boat sheds

St Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery
St Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery

Colourful boat sheds on Oriental Parade
Colourful boat sheds on Oriental Parade

Marina on Oriental Parade
Marina on Oriental Parade

Young gull by the waterside
Young gull by the waterside

Police boat cruising into the marina
Police boat cruising into the marina

Te Papa museum
Te Papa museum

Random piano setup in the street that anyone could play
Random piano setup in the street that anyone could play

Wellington Harbour
Wellington Harbour

Te Papa museum and Wellington Harbour
Te Papa museum and Wellington Harbour

Eventually ended up at the bottom of the cable car, and got tickets to go up ($7.50 each return). It was certainly not as chaotic as the Peak Tram!

Sculpture sign for the Cable Car
Sculpture sign for the Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car arriving at the bottom station
Wellington Cable Car arriving at the bottom station

Stu watching the light show on the Cable Car
Stu watching the light show on the Cable Car

At the top we had a bit of a wander to look at the view, and had a beer, and looked through the Cable Car Museum

Stu and Kaz and the view at the top of the Cable Car
Stu and Kaz and the view at the top of the Cable Car

Wellington from the top of the Cable Car
Wellington from the top of the Cable Car

Old cable car in the Cable Car Museum
Old cable car in the Cable Car Museum

Stu on an old cable car in the Cable Car Museum
Stu on an old cable car in the Cable Car Museum

Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car and view of Wellington
Wellington Cable Car and view of Wellington

Then headed down again.

Sculpture in the alley to the Plimmer Steps
Sculpture in the alley to the Plimmer Steps

Picked up some supplies in Countdown (aka Woolworths) then headed back to the hotel.

Fifteen and a half thousand steps later.. No wonder our everything hurt!

Crashed for a while in the hotel and had showers to freshen up.

Headed out for dinner to the Noble Rot wine bar. Had a couple of glasses of wine while waiting for a table for dinner. Eventually one freed up. Stu got duck and I got venison with osso bucco. Both were amazing, a really good meal. A late but very pleasant evening to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.

Stu enjoying a Pinot Noir at Noble Rot Wine Bar
Stu enjoying a Pinot Noir at Noble Rot Wine Bar

Bread and chorizo they gave us because we were having such a long wait for a table
Bread and chorizo they gave us because we were having such a long wait for a table

The bottle of Quartz Reef Pinot Noir we enjoyed with dinner
The bottle of Quartz Reef Pinot Noir we enjoyed with dinner

The sweetie had Easterbrook Farm Duck Breast with Endive, Mushrooms, Quince, Dashi
The sweetie had Easterbrook Farm Duck Breast with Endive, Mushrooms, Quince, Dashi

I had Silver Fern Farm Venison Denver Leg with Osso Bucco, Parsnip, Pear, Vanilla Onions, Preserved Stone Fruit, Confit Carrot
I had Silver Fern Farm Venison Denver Leg with Osso Bucco, Parsnip, Pear, Vanilla Onions, Preserved Stone Fruit, Confit Carrot

Accompanying dinner was a lovely salad with goats cheese
Accompanying dinner was a lovely salad with goats cheese

We tried a couple of the truffles
We tried a couple of the truffles

Our flight was at a very civilised 10:55am, so got up at normal time (well I did heh) and we left home around 9am (thanks to Pete for the lift!).

Security and immigration was all very painless (hey, it's Canberra!) and then we sat around in the international terminal for three quarters of an hour.

The sweetie and I on the plane
The sweetie and I on the plane

Boarded around 10:30 and was instantly disappointed - my window was all scratched up and pretty much impossible to photograph out of :(:(:(

Scratched up window on the plane :(
Scratched up window on the plane :(

Even more disappointing was not being able to document the amazing flight path we had out of Canberra - taking off to the north, then banking left all around the city, flying to the south of Parliament House. It was an amazing view and I doubt I got any photos that worked. Ok so it looks like the ones of the northern suburbs mostly worked, but nothing much south. Sad times.

Belconnen town centre from the air
Belconnen town centre from the air.  At least some of the photos of the north of Canberra turned out.

This was the best photo I could get of the Parliamentary Triangle :(
This was the best photo I could get of the Parliamentary Triangle :(

To add insult to injury, the GPS refused to get a signal, so I've got no data at all for the flight :(

And finally, the entertainment system was being a big poo. Very unintuitive interface, and the volume controls wouldn't work. I started watching a documenatary on James Cameron and the Titanic, but there was an "elapsed time" message on the screen that wouldn't go away and when I hit a button to try and fix it, the whole thing died. I had lunch while it sat in the naughty corner and after lunch it must have rebooted because everything was working properly, including the volume. Finised watching the Titanic documentary and then started a bit of a silly documentary called Drain Alcatraz. Didn't get to finish watching that because we landed.

But on a positive note, the 777 did have a lot of leg room - probably the most I've ever seen in economy.

Probably the most leg room I've ever had.  Stu's knees weren't hitting the chair in front
Probably the most leg room I've ever had. Stu's knees weren't hitting the chair in front

Lunch on the plane - Pan Fried Chicken in Herb Gravy, served with sauteed vegetables and mashed potato
Lunch on the plane - Pan Fried Chicken in Herb Gravy, served with sauteed vegetables and mashed potato

Meandered through immigration (Australian e-passports work there) and customs (had to declare the mini bar of Toblerone they gave me going through duty free heh), withdrew some cash (for some reason the pin on my card is not working :( ) and jumped in a taxi to go into town.

Hotel is ok. Doesn't have a super fancy view, but does see up to Mount Victoria, and the room is actually pretty nice - very large and even has a kitchenette.

Room 657, Quality Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington
Room 657, Quality Hotel, Cuba Street Wellington

Dumped our stuff then went for a wander.

Headed down Cuba Street to the harbour.

Sculptures next to Civic Square by the waterfront
Sculptures next to Civic Square by the waterfront

Me and the sweetie by the Wellington waterfront
Me and the sweetie by the Wellington waterfront

Wellington at dusk
Wellington at dusk

The Boatshed, by the waterfront
The Boatshed, by the waterfront

Then headed back. Stopped in Bad Grannies for some beer, then went across the road for Mexican at The Flying Burrito Brothers, which was good, but really really didn't need dessert hmm!

Booze!  Sign at Bad Grannies Pub
Booze! Sign at Bad Grannies Pub

Chilli Con Queso - Sizzling spicy cheese dip served w corn chips.  This stuff was amazing and we practically burnt ourselves trying to devour it.
Chilli Con Queso - Sizzling spicy cheese dip served w corn chips. This stuff was amazing and we practically burnt ourselves trying to devour it.

The sweetie had enchiladas - Holy Mole: Chicken w Mole Poblno sauce
The sweetie had enchiladas - Holy Mole: Chicken w Mole Poblno sauce

I had tacos - Tacos al Pastor - braised pork topped w smoked pineapple salsa, Chicharron slaw.
I had tacos - Tacos al Pastor - braised pork topped w smoked pineapple salsa, Chicharron slaw.

The sweetie had Banana Chimichangas - Bananas wrapped in a tortilla, fried w sugar cinnamon, served w icecream, and I had Cajeta Cheesecake - Baked with Goat's milk caramel (cajeta) w tequila laced berries & ice cream.
The sweetie had Banana Chimichangas - Bananas wrapped in a tortilla, fried w sugar cinnamon, served w icecream, and I had Cajeta Cheesecake - Baked with Goat's milk caramel (cajeta) w tequila laced berries & ice cream.

Then back to the hotel. It's 9:30pm now here, but ony 7:30pm back in Canberra. So even though we're tired I doubt sleep will come easily...