Thursday 15th April 2010
04.04.2010 - 23.04.2010 19 °C
Our last day in Welly and still so much to do. We woke up to another gorgeous day feeling slightly fragile and then I got a pass to go meet Rachel to do some shopping. Strolling round Welly and catching up was magic but as usual I bought most things for Andy and the boys!! A souvenir plate with a paua shell pattern to remember our trip and my time was up. I met the boys in Cuba st for a mince and cheese pie (another NZ delicacy!) and then it was off to Te Papa Museum.
Kate had kindly volunteered her two girls Hazel, 4 and Sadie, 2 to show us around. We met them in the foyer and the boys were instantly smitten. Ollie insisted on holding Hazel’s hand all the way round the museum….amazing as he will never hold either Andy’s or mine! I had forgotten how good Te Papa was, we looked at the colossal squid, had a go in the earthquake house and visited the Maori meeting house. A trek round the outside ‘bear hunt’ and it was time to say our goodbyes. It has been so lovely seeing everyone this trip and saying good bye again has been just as hard. Hopefully it won’t be another seven years until we see them again.
It was time to go visit my old work place, Ward 19, and I must admit I was a bit nervous. Unfortunately when I got there a lot of the people I still knew weren’t working (there aren‘t many left I know!). It was nice to see the old place again and see that it hadn’t changed a bit…spooky! Ruth was working so it was great to say a proper goodbye. Lots of blowing kisses later and we were back in the car on our way up to Mount Vic. Andy had a list and god dammit we were gonna tick it all off!!!!
Mount Vic is a fabulous lookout point to view the whole of Welly from a great height. The boys were very impressed and as we climbed the steps to the top there were lots of whoooaaa’s and waaaah’s at the height. After the stunning scenery and bracing wind we headed back down for a petrol fill up and Maccy D’s for the boys.
Lots of late night packing and car clearing later and Andy and I collapsed into bed exhausted and sad to be leaving Welly so soon.