We flew to Wellington, New Zealand yesterday and this morning we boarded a bus for a tour of the city.
Our first stop was at the Parliament where we had a wonderful guided tour. New Zealand is a very small country and their elected officials actually represent the people and get things done!
Our next stop was at the cable car, which we rode straight up to to a very high point with beautiful views of the city.
Next we visited the Botanical Gardens. The roses and begonias were magnificent!
Our last stop was the National Museum, known as Te Papa. The museum is very well done and we had an excellent guide on our private tour. We learned the history of the Maori, the indigenous Polynesian culture of New Zealand. The Maori still make up a significant part of the population of this country, and our guide was, himself, Maori.
After our visit to the museum, we had some lunch and walked around the shopping area of Wellington for a while.