Havana Coffee Works

Havana Coffee Works

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is famous for a number of things. Its cafe culture is one of them. In fact, the city has more cafes per person than New York City! Havana Coffee Works, who produce Coffee You Feel are one of the more iconic. Sadly, when I last visited Wellington in February and March it was closed on the weekends. This only gives me another reason to revisit the countries capital.

Wellington from Mount Victoria

Wellington from Mount Victoria

Like with Auckland’s Mount Eden, Mount Victoria stands nearly to the city centre of Wellington. I had planned to walk up to the lookout from the harbour but I was fortunate enough to be offered a lift with a couple of family friends. From this angle the capital looks vast. This is in part due to having Lambton Harbour and Oriental Bay in the foreground. It was a fantastic view point and hopefully next time I am in the capital I might get back up there at night.

Canon at Mount Victoria

Canon at Mount Victoria

Just below the steps at the summit of Mount Victoria sits this huge bronze cannon. Between 1877 and 1900 it was used to fire the noon signal. The lookout at the summit gives fantastic views north into the capital city. The background in this photograph shows Wellington International Airport. It’s short runway sitting between Evans Bay and Lyall Bay. In the distant horizon is the Cook Strait, the 14 mile gap of sea between the two main islands of New Zealand.

Boat race in Lampton Quay

Boat race in Lampton Quay

Walking around the harbour in Wellington on a summer weekend you are bound to see something happen. I saw a crowd gathered and found about half a dozen teams in boats such as this doing time trails. Obviously gearing up to a larger race. When first arriving in Auckland the clarity of the water in the harbour was amazing to me. After travelling around much of the country, Wellington harbour is certain one of the clearest and most interesting.