We past by Wanganui District Council and visited the Durie Hill Elevalator.
its a very old style elevator, very antic & cute!
Each trip its about -NZ$ 2-3. don't remember exactly how much but me and my bf took a ride up & hike down the hill by foot
360' view of the whole area.
Took a stroll at the Virginia Lake
Saw mother duck with 4 little duckling walking in a row
Virginia Lake is a huge park, i think we took an hour ++ to walk around the park but the weather is just right for the walk. cooling & very calm... surrounded by the greens & animals.
Later in the evening we went to the Black Beach in Wanganui.
It was one of the place best to visit for me.
the dark sparkling black sands was so fine... feel like lying down on it all day.
This is the most magical black beach ive been to so far
Off we go to City of Palmerston North
& Wellington, the city
Wellington was the least exciting place to visit for me, although it is the third largest city.
and went to the cable car
One thing about New Zealand is that every where u go, u get to see beautiful scenery.
the Botanic Garden @ Wellington
Wellington Wind Turbine Generator
& we went hunting for seal at the seal colonel.
but we were too late. you have to go early in the morning because its quite a long walk.
best to go with a tour, so that they will bring u in with a 4WD, if not, make sure u budget at least 1/2 a day for the walking :P
we didn't want to stay in Wellington for another night, so we drove over the night & slept in the car. When we reach Napier, it was in the morning, just nice for sunrise
& catch the local morning flea market.
I've got one of the beanies
Had hotdog for breakfast
went to bluff hill domain
again.. the awesome view
and visited the winery.
Get to taste some good wine. :)
isn't it awesome romantic? haha
saw this on our way to Taupo
& we rushed ourselves to mata-mata for the hobbiton tour.
we were the last customer to arrive
The Hobbiton tour is the movie set from LOTR.
the land is private, so if you want to visit, like it or not, you have to pay for the tour to take you in. At the movie set, there's a average size (looks huge to me) farmland where there have lots of sheeps running around.
each day, few sheeps will get shaves for demonstrations to the tourist like me.
completely naked in just few minutes!
the we get to feed the little one.. its super adorable, i wish i can keep one as pet
went back to Taupo to visit a friend for dinner.
Next morning we hike up Mt. Mauganui.
but its all worth it.
Last stop was Auckland.
saw the sky tower.
walked the Auckland bridge
watched the last sunset @ Mt. Eden
we will go back for south island! :)