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Thursday, November 15, 2012
A Tiki tour around Wellington
Had a lovely drive with Dave and Lucia around the edge of Wellington today: past the city and Te Papa, round the bays, past the airport, round the Miramar Peninsula, back past the airport, out to Island Bay and back through the city. Peppered with coffee, ice cream, beach fossicking and viewpoint admiring. We collected more rocks and driftwood for landscaping here, a few shells, seaweed bits, a crayfish tail, and sea smoothed bricks (a Mish project). A cracker of a day, Wellington at its best. The harbour deep blue with little whitecaps, warm and sunny and calm. The air clean and fresh. Fabulous. Went to Weta Cave for the first time. That's where Peter Jackson has set up a studio to make stuff for his films, and a large crew of special effects geeks play there. They play a video tour and there's a shop and mini museum and lots of cool weapon replicas, from Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District 9, King Kong, etc - and now, The hobbit. Talk about detailed pieces. Wo.