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.
With the bad weather we just carried straight on to Wellington via Palmerston North where we dropped 2 people off.
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.
After the game we all walked back into town and went to Molly Malones again for a few drinks.