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Wellington – the 3D city

Last week, my work took me to the capital of Australia’s next door neighbour: Wellington in New Zealand!

For a European, travelling to a new country is not something very spectacular – especially if your wife has a different nationality than yourself. Oftentimes, it’s a matter of a few kilometers by car until you reach a border. But for Australians, going to a different country involves a flight of several hours. Which is what it took me.The first impression you get when flying into Wellington is that it sits right on the edge of water and mountain peaks. Not like the fjords in Norway, where you have sheer cliffs of several hundred meters. It looks more like a mountain range that has sunk and been flooded by the sea. Quite breathtaking.

This impression is reinforced once you leave the airport and make your way to the city proper. The city is cut in half by Mount Victoria, which rises almost 200m above the sea level. And the only ways are either around it or through the one two-lane tunnel.

The view from the top of Mt Victoria gives a great impression of the city below.
The view from the top of Mt Victoria gives a great impression of the city below.

On the drive in we took the route along the beach, offering great views of the bay and the mountains across the water.

The bay is called Wellington Harbour.
The bay is called Wellington Harbour and is very sheltered from the sea.

Since we were in town for a few days, I had the opportunity to explore the city on foot.

Staring in the harour area, which is full of restaurants and bars. A great place to go out.
Staring in the harbour area, which is full of restaurants and bars. A great place to go out.
Wellington has a fairly large shopping district, including a few pedestrian zones.
Wellington has a fairly large shopping district, including a few pedestrian zones.
But even here, the city builders have to deal with the big differences in elevation.
But even here, the city builders have to deal with the big differences in elevation.
Going from one street to the next one over, horizontally maybe 50 meters apart, can involve a large number of stairs.
Going from one street to the next one over, horizontally maybe 50 meters apart, can involve a large number of stairs (half of them are around the corner and not visible in this picture).
Getting around the city, you can use one of the electrical buses.
Getting around the city, you can use one of the electrical buses.
Old and new sit side by side to create a very lively city with a great atmosphere.
Old and new sit side by side to create a very lively city with a great atmosphere.
Just a few hundred meters outside the bustle of the city centre, the streets turn green... and even steeper.
Just a few hundred meters outside the bustle of the city centre, the streets turn green… and even steeper.
And few few steps further you get to Mt. Victoria, the green heart of the city. Parts of Lord of the Rings was shot here.
And few few steps further you get to Mt. Victoria, the green heart of the city. Parts of Lord of the Rings was shot here.

I really enjoyed my time here. The people are friendly, the food is great and the surrounding landscape is breathtaking. I cannot wait to get the family over here and explore more of this city and the surrounding countryside.

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3 thoughts on “Wellington – the 3D city

  1. Wat een prachtige foto,s,wat zien jullie toch veel van de wereldl!!Je kunt overal over mee pra
    Ten,wat een levens ervaring,Groetjes ook van vader en vriendin van Karin kwam ik tegen bij de Lidll.Dikke knuffel van ons.kijken uit naar jullie,hopelijk komt er nog een goedkope aanbieding langs voor bizniseclass vLiegen.

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