A couple of weeks back Kelly visited and I really wanted to show her a great bloggers’ day out. After all, she has been responsible for many a great afternoon, life advice and mutual blogging rants over the years so I felt the need to show her my list of the best things to see in Wellington and ones that she could share on her excellent Instagram feed… obviously, real life enjoyment was in there too but hey, you can take the blogger out of London but you can’t take the social media magpie out of the blogger (or something like that!).
So here’s where we went, taste and sight first, Instagram when we could remember:
- A drive around the bays behind the airport – Moa Point, Karaka Bay, Days Bay etc. Kelly arrived at 8am and on the weekends an appropriate breakfast time is surely after 9…
2. Brunch at Loretta – I still have yet to find a restaurant that does brunch better and am waiting for someone to prove me wrong. Kelly made me eat my words when I stated my thoughts on the idea of a gluten free parsnip and hazelnut cake “there couldn’t possibly be any enjoyment in any of those words other than cake Kelly!” – it was surprisingly sensational and a great complement to my chicken sausage breakfast risotto filled with fresh herbs and goodness that Loretta specialises in.
3. A visit to the world’s coolest little capital’s cutest little gift shop Madame Fancy Pants
4. A walk down quirky hipster Cuba Street and around the Leeds Street/Eva Street/Hannah Factory Quarter which the council has recently spent time painting up to look as fabulous as the independent makers in it – included here were the Wellington Chocolate Factory, Fix and Fogg Peanut Butter (even though they were closed but still!), Six Barrel Soda, Pizza Pomodoro and Leeds Street Bakery
5. We each had a gorgeous soda at Six Barrel Soda
6. A further walk down more brightly painted lane-ways until we got to the waterfront
7. Oriental Bay and the boatsheds where I posed for her post on Instagram Clichés!
8. Gelato at Kaffe Eis (there’s one in Oriental Bay and another at Frank Kitts Park) – always a winner even if it is one of the massive Instagram clichés mentioned above!
9. Up and over into Civic Square, then down Lambton Quay to the Cable Car which I’m still not sick of yet – here’s a tip on cruise days (when Wellington gets packed to the rafters with tourists from the big cruise liners): buy a snapper transport card and skip the line, tapping it as you go through the barriers – you’ll just look like one of the people who use it to commute up to the suburbs on the hill!
10. Afternoon tea at the fabulous Hippopotamus – I couldn’t not take the Queen of Gluten Free Afternoon Tea there even if I was her Gluten Monster for the afternoon!!!
11. A quick stop at Te Papa (“that’s Te Papa Kelly, you can come back on your own next time because I’ve been too much with my kids”) where I had parked the car and sadly had to depart from to take Kelly back to the Airport, not of course before driving along Lyall Bay so Kelly could check out some surfers doing their thing. ;)
12. There would have been a pretty coffee to Instagram too but neither of us had any that day – sinful I know!! But if you are a coffee drinker then you have certainly come to the right place to photograph it…
I had such an amazing day with Kelly. Yes, I did have an agenda – I really want all my friends to move here – so made sure the weather was behaving itself and showed her my absolute favourite parts of Wellington on a good day. However, if the wind had been blowing a northerly gale or if southerlies had brought storms straight from Antarctica I know we would have had a brilliant time indoors too as there is so much more to this city than just a sparkling bay, good ice cream and bright colours outside.
So there you have it, Wellington is both pretty and really fun, especially when you have awesome company with you. Thank you so much Kelly for flying down from Auckland for the day in the middle of your trip home to New Zealand! I love that blogging has helped me make the most amazing friendships which results in days like this.
P.S. Should I do a post on places that are totally Instagram worthy on the inside? I feel like I’ve shown Wellington off on one of its good days (of which thankfully there have been a lot lately!).