Friday, September 18, 2009

You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to

Back at the BnB after a long day sightseeing around Wellington and its surroundings. We rented a car this morning, a POS Nissan for 200 kronor for the day, and then drove east and south, to take in the scenic routes along the coast.

It was very windy and cold, which was appropriate since we were at the ocean. The air smelled of salt, and at times I even tasted the salt on the winds. No rain, which was good, but it felt good to get back in the car every time we did so.

The sea was choppy and looked really cold and uninviting. Took some pictures of rocks and waves and houses up on the cliff faces above the coastline.

Coolest. Sign. Ever. No penguins about though

Then we visited Weta Cave, which was cool. I held on to my wallet with both hands, and managed to walk out of there with no more than a Hellboy figure and a little something for a friend. I had thought it would be exclusively Lord of the Rings stuff, but they had some things from earlier movies Weta has been involved with, like the ghost dog from The Frighteners.

It was unclear who was the Uruk-Hai and who was the Swede

Tonight, off to the Flying Burrito Brothers to eat and maybe taste a tequila or three. Tomorrow we're taking a four hour LOTR tour and then the All Blacks vs Wallabies game awaits. Probably no time to write tomorrow, and then on Sunday we're spending the whole day on the train to Auckland, so it might not be until Monday that I write again.


Steelwheels said...


beardonaut said...

Hahaha. I'm actually aiming at finding something in Kuala Lumpur. Most of the stuff at Weta was chainmail and axes and dinosaur skulls. And yes, I know you asked for a sword, but Aragorn and the boys sort of had dibs on those.

Martin said...


I'm salivating at the sight of that Uruk and am otherwise spectacularly jealous of all your down-under goings-on. Write more!

beardonaut said...

Yeah, its a blast. I shall write more. Comment more! ;)