Day 13 – National Park to Wellington

The weather the next morning was still overcast so we couldn’t see anything of Mt Ruapehu but we did stop at Tawhai Falls which the Lord of the Rings fans among you might recognise it as Gollum’s pool.

Tawhai Falls

me pictured in front of the Tawhai Falls

slower shutter speed giving the Tawhai Falls a dreamy look

With the bad weather we just carried straight on to Wellington via Palmerston North where we dropped 2 people off.

approaching Wellington on State Highway 1, in the distance you can see the South Island

A fairly long day on the bus but we arrived in Wellington mid afternoon at which point Buz gave us a bit of a tour of the city pointing out a few of the landmarks before taking us to the top of Mount Victoria with great views over the city and luckily no wind.

Then it was back to the hostels where we had time to dump our bags and get some dinner before meeting up to walk to the Wellington Westpac Stadium (a.k.a. The Cake Tin) to watch a local rugby league match between the Wellington Lions and the Manawatu Turbos. It was a pretty good game of rugby and despite not staying in New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup at least I could say that I’d been to the Wellington Stadium.

Other Magic Bus travellers and me at the rugby in the Wellington Stadium

Wellington Lions vs Manawatu Turbos at Wellington Stadium

I was befriended by a passionate (& intoxicated) Turbos supporter

After the game we all walked back into town and went to Molly Malones again for a few drinks.


About Rory Alexander

Ever growing blogger that spent 2 years in living in China, then 6 weeks backpacking around New Zealand and is now back home in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
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4 Responses to Day 13 – National Park to Wellington

  1. obrienspix says:

    Great pictures of the waterfall…they are so relaxing.

  2. Jim Brickett says:

    The images are fantastic!! I love that waterfall!! You are most fortunate to be experiencing such great adventures and you sure are capturing great images!!

    Best Regards
    Jim Brickett

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