Thursday, July 7, 2011

PICTON & WELLINGTON

View from the ferry
New Zealand is divided into North Island and South Island. In order to cross Cook Strait, you'll have to take a plane or ferry. If you have a rental car then your options are take it across with you or drop off your vehicle on one side of Cook Strait and pick up another rental car on the other side. We went aboard the Interislander Ferry that cruises between Picton (South Island) and Wellington (North Island). The scenic voyage took 3 hours.

When we arrived in Picton, there's a stall selling green lip mussels (which is my favorite) and white baits. So we stopped by and sampled those NZ delicacies. The green mussels were plump, juicy, tender. Ahh they're just PERFECT. Whitebait is a small freshwater fish. The whitebait paddies were served on a toasted bread, seasoned with salt & pepper. They're deliciouss
Green Lip Mussels

Whitebait Paddies
Scenic Lookout

Once we arrived in Wellington, we went straight to Te Papa Museum. We weren't spending much time there because it's closed at 6pm, it was a well worth visit though. The overall displays & exhibitions are so modern , innovative and interactive. I don't like to spend any time in a museum except this one. We also enjoyed one of the long term exhibitions called "Golden Days".It's an object theater which is set in a junk shop. Objects in the room come to life in sync with events on the screen. 
'Golden Days' cluttered junkshop
We spent the rest of the day by shopping in Cuba Street area, which is the best shopping spot in town. Then we had Indian food for dinner and stayed at Boulcott Suites, Wellington.
A combination of two pieces each of Samosa, Vege Pakora, Seekh Kebab and Murgh Tikka served with mint and tamarind sauce on a sizzling platter.
Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Beef Rogan Josh & Fish Masala served with Basmati Rice
Te Papa Museum
55 Cable Street
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4 381 7000

Tulsi Indian Restaurant
135 Cuba Street
Wellington Central , New Zealand
+64 4 802 4144  

Boulcott Suites   
5 O'Reily Ave 
Wellington, New Zealand

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