I’ve been getting settled into my new place this week, so this post will cover last weekend. On Sunday, Sam, Shalom, and I went on a journey to the Kapiti Coast, a region with great beaches just under an hour from Wellington. Besides the beach, our main objective was to find and consume a massive amount of fish and chips. Ok, mostly that was my idea, but they were game. New Zealand does fish and chips like no one else, piping hot and wrapped in newspaper to preserve all of its greasy glory. It proved a little trickier than it should have been near the coast. We found every fast food joint from Wendy’s (they have it here!) to Subway, but had to do quite a few U-turns before finding a place that sold fish and chips. Of course, I was too busy eating said fish and chips to take a picture of my meal, but when my hands weren’t dripping with grease, I got some other shots.
As we took a walk along the coast and then looped back inland to balance out our fish and chips gluttony, we passed by some amazing scenery. Apparently, some shots from the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in Return of the King were shot here, but it was hard to say where.
It got a little hot walking inland, since it’s always hard to dress appropriately for the weather in Wellington because of the wind. You put on layers to protect you, but when you’re sheltered from the strong gusts, you end up overheating.
On the drive home, Sam took us to a great lookout spot where we could see the Kapiti Coast from above.
Looking in the other direction, we could see the mountains of the South Island poking up over the horizon. The Cook Strait, between the North and South Island, is only 14 miles wide at its narrowest point, which I didn’t realize.
We took a country road back to Wellington that wound through hills and endless fields of sheep and cows. I was very thankful to have a Kiwi at the wheel, because the tight turns and cliff faces would’ve turned into a slow drive and a line of angry cars behind me if I was driving.
Next up, I’ll be posting some pictures from my walk to Mount Victoria, where some scenes from Lord of the Rings were shot. I can’t believe how much Wellington has to offer!