This morning my Spanish friend is taking a bus to Auckland to catch a flight, it only cost $30 for the bus trip, that’s cheap, check out http://www.nakedbus.com , but be ready to be NAKED on the bus, just kidding! And thanks Joan who helps me to carry some of my luggage to Auckland, and transfer it to my Couchsurfer host Craig, whom I will meet in 2 weeks. Since the weather is not looking good, I spend the morning adjusting my route and chatting with William, then I head off to tour around in Wellington. There are a lot of different things happening in the harbor, besides bars and cafes, you can shop in those various artistic stores or take a boat cruise.
Wellington is famous for its WIND, there are many sailing boats parking along the harbor.
One museum you should not miss in town is Te Papa (translated as Our Place). You can spend a whole day wandering inside, immerse yourself to learn about Maori cultures, history and latest New Zealand development. The museum is FREE but totally worth a donation. There are high tech demonstrations of a virtual bungee jump and a house shaking through an earthquake, as well as galleries and discovery centers for children. An excellent museum, highly recommended!
Gandhi statue outside Wellington Railway Station.
It rains the whole day so I skip visiting the Botanical Garden on top of the hill and the Cable Cars. Then I carry on riding north in the rain, along State Highway 1. Honestly it is not a good idea as the amount of traffic is huge. You can actually take a train ride until Waikanae and start cycling from there, or you can take State Highway 2 via Masterton and Palmerston North. I take the risk to go on SH 1 that I pay the price, or I can say I am unlucky. The rain is not a big deal, but I run into a nail on the way which makes my rear tire punctured. The hole is too big that I have to replace by a new tube. Stopping for half an hour to repair it, then I realize the break is not working well again.
Immediately I check for bike shops nearby but all of them are not opening, so I have no choice but to stop at Plimmerton and camp for a night. And it is still raining through the evening, there is no point to continue in the rain with my break doesn’t work. Take a rest and hope for some miracles will happen tomorrow.
Wellington to Plimmerton 28km