STW Roundup: Months 14 and 15

I decided to postpone my monthly roundup last month because now that I’m working full time, I don’t actually have that much to share with you! I may continue to do bi-monthly roundups until I have more exciting news to tell. Anyway, here’s our highlights from March and April 2016.

Breaker Bay – beautiful!


I’ve settled in well at work and feel as though I’m getting on well in the role – I assume someone will tell me if not! Often I work quite long days and am pretty exhausted come Friday, but that’s life. James isn’t particularly enjoying his job at the call centre but his contract finishes in June, so he is hopeful about finding a more challenging role afterwards.

The view of Civic Square from my window at work – not bad eh?


The highlight of the last two months for me was visiting Sydney! For Easter weekend, James and I had Friday and Monday off work, essentially giving us a four day weekend. We decided to take a trip somewhere new: Australia! We spent two full days exploring Sydney, which is way too big to see in two days – but we made the most of every minute! You can read the full post here.

Sydney Opera House

Out and about in Wellington

In mid March, Cuba Street was closed to traffic for a weekend to make way for the annual street festival called Cuba Dupa. The street was taken over by food stands, craft stalls, buskers and stages featuring singers, poets and speakers, and festivities went on well into the night.

Dancers at the Thai Festival

A couple of weekends later was the Thai Festival, to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations. Another excuse to watch some quality entertainment (dancers, Thai boxing, etc.) and enjoy some great food!

Poppies by the Anzac Memorial

We had another bank holiday on 25th April. Anzac Day is NZ and Australia’s day of remembrance for those who served in the wars, much like our Remembrance Sunday in November back home in the UK. I went to the Dawn Service before heading down to the harbour to snap the sunrise.

Sunrise by the harbour

Dinners and Drinks

Whilst we are supposed to be saving, for some reason James and I have taken it upon ourselves to try every restaurant in Wellington…

2 for 1 cocktails at the Library on Courtenay Place
Aunty Mena’s Vegan and Vegetarian restaurant on Cuba Street

There are just so many places to try, and we don’t want to miss out, do we!? The novelty of getting a regular pay check hasn’t worn off yet.

Dinner at the Bresolin on Willis Street
Flatmates + dinner = Flinner


The weather has been really good lately; considering it’s Autumn it’s still warm enough to wear just a t-shirt if the sun is out! We’re trying to factor in lots of free things to do on the weekends.

Oriental Bay

Otari-Wilton’s Bush is a botanic garden and forest reserve located close to where we live. We enjoyed a visit a couple of weeks ago,where we did a bush walk and saw the towering 800 year old Rimu
tree. I wrote a full post about it here.

The 800 year old Rimu tree

Another close scenic reserve is Polhill Reserve, just a 10 minute walk away. There’s a two hour loop walk that offers a good view of the city and the track goes along Zealandia’s fence line, a reserve which is home to many native birds, some of which can be seen in the surrounding area.

Breaker Bay

We headed out east to Breaker Bay with our flatmates, where there is an easy walk up to Point Dorset. The track passes many historical Maori sites since it is an ancient Pa. There are also the remains of gun emplacements and bunkers used during wartime, as well as Wellington’s only nudist beach…!

James and Jesse on the Skyline Track

This weekend we trekked up Mount Kaukau, which gives you a stunning view of the city. We walked along the Skyline Track (not easy in the wind!) which goes across the ridge line offering stunning views of the city on one side and the sea and South Island on the other.

Wellington from afar and Otari-Wilton’s Bush in the foreground


Other bits & bobs

In other news, mine and James’ visa applications were approved! We applied to extend our Working Holiday Visas for a further 11 months – here’s a full post I wrote about it.

Spin the Windrose won its first award: the Liebster Award! You can read the full post here.

We went to watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a new Kiwi film that was released a few weeks ago. It’s absolutely hilarious, with loads of funny kiwi jokes. I’m not sure if it’ll be released internationally but if you have the chance it’s well worth a watch – the trailer is pretty funny too.

In the last few weeks we’ve also had our friends come to stay – Nikki, who I worked with in Auckland, stayed for a night before catching the ferry to the South Island, and Freddy, who we met in Christchurch, crashed with us for three nights and taught us how to make sushi! It’s fun catching up with friends we haven’t seen in a while, but just makes me jealous because of how much I want to travel NZ all over again!

Sushi lessons with Freddy
James, Freddy & me

What have you been up to in the last couple of months?

Thanks for reading and happy travels!

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