11.10.2009 - 21.10.2009 14 °C
Well, we finally made it! After a reasonably unsuccessful wine tasting escapade (I had to drive so my intake was limited!) in Oz we made the trip into Sydney to catch our flight out to New Zealand. The trip into Sydney was pretty interesting, we had decided we would cook some lunch in our campervan before leaving it back with the rental agency, the only trouble was that we couldn't find anywhere to park so we ended up cooking and eating down some suburban street, I am pretty surprised no-one called the police as we were acting pretty suspicously!
We arrived into New Zealand just before midnight on Monday 12th October, we got a taxi from the airport to go and stay with Graeme. For the first week we basically spent our time wandering around Wellington and doing all of the bureaucratic stuff you need to do when you immigrate, but we did find time to have a walk along Lyall Bay, which is a nice beach about 2 minutes walk from Graeme's house, and to visit the parliament buildings in Wellington, which were pretty cool, they seem to have a very open government system over here, where any individual can request a personal hearing about a piece of government legislation, we have to try doing this!
We have bought a little scooter as the public transport isn't really very cheap and is only good for the more urban area, this is just until our car and bikes gets here, which will take a bit longer than expected as they don't arrive until mid-November. Learning to ride a scooter has been a bit strange, but rest assured that we are very careful and there is hardly any traffic over here!
At the weekend we went for a much needed night out and saw a few more sights, this week has been a bit more relaxed and we have been able to get and see a bit more of the local area, although today Lisa is working! She has her first day of supply work, so at least we will have some income for a change!
Wellington itself is a very compact city, it is really clean, pretty quiet and all of the people are really friendly, there are no traffic jams and it is all pretty easy going, there are loads of cultural things to do so we shouldn't get bored! The weather over here is a bit cold and windy, it has rained for about 3 or 4 of the days we have been here, but we are assured that this is pretty unseasonal!
We have put a few pics on the blog, you can click "more photos", there should be a link on the right hand side somewhere...
Even though we are no longer travelling (we hope to travel around NZ in the summer holidays (Dec to Feb)) at the mo we will probably still keep the blog updated but not sure how often...
Bye for now
Phil and Lisa