It was another beautiful day on the North Island! We have enjoyed the scenery, the people and the food that we have been surrounded by!
Today was a holiday. Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand, commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which is regarded as New Zealand’s founding document. Because it was a holiday, our time in Wellington had a few hiccups…mostly related to traffic back-ups, late arrivals to destinations, and a bit more stress. But like they say, alls well that ends well, right? In the end, everyone arrived back to the ship before it disembarked.
Some of the group went biking in the city today…on electric bikes which was a new experience for them! Unfortunately it’s difficult to share pictures since the WiFi is difficult to connect to. As soon as we have more photos from other adventures, we’ll be sure to add them. Some guests enjoyed a blend of relaxation on the ship and meandering though the downtown for part of the day. Yet others drove along the bay, through the hills, and ended up in Martinborough where they enjoyed local foods and wines. Our drivers, John and Sue were knowledgable about the area and navigated the winding roads and traffic very well! We visited one of the wineries called Poppies. Poppy, the winemaker, entertained and taught us about her wine while we tasted several varieties, while Shane, her husband who is the keeper of the vineyards, served us lunch on the patio amidst the Tempranillo vines.
We say goodbye the North Island now, and head to the South Island! Tomorrow morning we have another grand adventure waiting. Check back to see what we did!