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
Central Fire Station on Kent Terrace
James Smiths Corner building on Cuba Street
Wellington Free Ambulance building on Cable Street
Hotel Waterloo on Waterloo Quay
Wellington Railway Station
Sculpture sign of Wellington Railway Station
Sculpture sign of Bunny Street
New Zealand Parliament
St Paul's Cathedral
Inside St Paul's Cathedral
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
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
Fountain at the National War Memorial
Richard Alexander Henderson and his Donkey sculpture outside 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
Museum housing The Great War Exhibition
Different soldiers' hats in the Great War Exhibition
Diorama of trench warfare 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
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
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
Old lady traffic light, Waterloo Quay
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.