01.11.2009 - 18.11.2009 17 °C
Well, we have done quite a lot since our last update. We are now settling into New Zealand pretty well, although to date we have only really visited Wellington as we still cannot get our hands on our car. All of our stuff from the UK has arrived, but is still in storage and we can’t get it until our car is ready. Our car was inspected by MAF, who are responsible for examining imported goods, and they decided it needed vacuuming and steam cleaning – pretty expensive but hopefully we will now have the cleanest car in New Zealand. Hopefully it will be ready this weekend and we can explore away from Wellington. We are currently a bit restricted in this by the fact that our scooter isn’t allowed on the motorway!
We have been busy looking for work, a place to rent and planning our travels around NZ, but we have also found plenty of time to explore Wellington. Lisa has been working pretty much full-time for the last 3 weeks whilst I have been practicing for my role as house husband (no such luck!) and finding a job. I had a couple of interviews last week, one of them looks quite promising, fingers crossed, but I will have to wait and see... Lisa has a full-time job starting next year so at least we are part of the way there.
We are really enjoying Wellington and it has been really good fun exploring. We have seen loads, but in brief we went to watch a really cool gig by The Little Bushmen and the NZ symphony orchestra, which is a bit like the electric proms in the UK. We have been to Seal Rocks, where a bunch of seals live (they are only there in winter so we just missed them), went to the Botanical gardens and various museums, went to a small, pretty much untouched island called Soames island, the Karori wildlife sanctuary, which is a protected habitat for NZ wildlife wiped out by the invasion of mammals (they basically have a fence 6 miles around a mammal / pest free area), been to the cinema a couple of times, which is a fantastic experience here, you can take in wine, beers and even cups of tea and coffee and you get to sit on a sofa! We went to watch the All-whites (the NZ football team) beat Bahrain in a thrilling match which resulted in NZ qualifying for the world cup, went to watch Santa’s parade through Wellington and the firework
display in the harbour, been surfing quite a bit and we have been out to a whole load of bars etc. On Thursday we are going kayaking and at the weekend hopefully exploring a bit further afield and maybe even picking up some of our stuff from storage.
The weather here has improved quite a bit and whilst it is still windy it has been mainly dry with some really lovely days. Apparently October through November is notoriously windy so we are looking forward to a bit more settled weather over summer.
We have put a load more photos in the photos section