Wrapping up Wellington

I’m writing you tonight from the comfortable lounge at our new hostel in Napier. However, before I move into that, I MUST tell you about our final day and a half in Wellington.

On Thursday, Nick (one of our hosts) was off work and offered to drive us around town and show us some sights. We drove across town, looking at some of his haunts and the firehouse where he worked, and arrived at our first stop. Weta Workshop.

Weta is the special effects company behind the Narnia films, Hercules and Xena, and of course, Lord of the Rings. Although you cannot enter the Workshop proper (due to confidentiality agreements and such) they do have a ‘Cave’ setup with a small shop, mini-museum, and screening room for a special twenty minute behind-the-scenes presentation about the history of Weta and the films they have worked on. It was amazing. Not only have they worked on some of my favorite films, but they have made many miniatures and props for other properties (like Doctor Who and some cool steampunk project called Dr. Grordbort) and the video was quite a treat. Needless to say, it was a highlight of our trip thus far.

The rest of the day, Nick drove us around to several lookouts (Mt. Victoria was particularly beautiful) and Indi fixed her famous lasagna for dinner as a thank you to our generous hosts. Yesterday, Nick took me on a nice back country drive and we prepared to head out. We bussed from Wellington to Napier and arrived at about 8:35 PM. We hadn’t called ahead anywhere to book any hostels or anything, as all our previous places were open until 9:30 or 10 and we figured we’d have time to look around. Wrong.

The entire town had closed, just about. We walked around until just after ten when we saw a little backpacker near the beach that was closing it’s doors. Although the sign said ‘No Vacancy’ we asked anyway. Luckily, someone didn’t show and they had a twin room available! We excitedly booked the room and we’re planning on being here for a week or so. What I’ve seen of the architecture is gorgeous and we took a walk along the beach this morning. We’ve also met some really cool folks (some Americans and a hilarious Canadian) and get along with the staff fabulously.

We’re not sure what our time in Napier has in store for us, but there’s all kinds of things around here to do. Some good walks as well. If nothing else, hanging out on the beach and listening to the waves sounds heavenly.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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