On July 28th I departed from the lovely Sydney, Australia on Virgin Australia airlines flight 8142. I left at 6:15p.m.and three hours and ten minutes later I arrived in New Zealand at 11:25p.m. (New Zealand is two hours ahead of Australia). The flight cost me $168.00 Canadian. When I did arrive, I found a really cute hotel called Travelodge Wellington with pretty good customer service.
The scenery in New Zealand is fabulous. I’m not at all an outdoors girl. I hate bugs and I have never gone camping. Also I am completely incompetent when it comes to sports. Yet that was what New Zealand is all about and there was something about that place that made me want to get involved in every activity I could find, especially if that included the outdoors. I went on an amazing all day hike on Mount Victoria with a small group of great people that I met at the hotel. Luckily they knew their way around and visited almost yearly. One thing that they told me that I had to see was the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), especially when they found out my huge interest in art. The museum featured incredible works from amazing artists such a Stewart Bell Maclennan, Melvin Day, and Luit Bieringa,. The remainder of the time I spent in New Zealand was spent mostly outdoors, learning sports and becoming somewhat less uncoordinated. So the trip was a very positive and beneficial thing for me.