This is the final installment from the 2 week road trip I did in late Autumn. Starting in Queenstown I dashed to Dunedin and Wanaka then on up to Christchurch. Zapped sideways to Hanmer Springs, fish for breaky in Kaikoura, a colourful nights stay with Alex Fulton then dawn on the ferry through to Wellington. Gasp. You can check out the the legs of this roady both here and here.
So I had quite strong intentions with my day spent in Wellington and was lucky that my tour guides were long standing locals with a willingness to explore!
I wanted to cruise the rocky, windy “edges” ….. and that we sure did!
Lyall Bay was chilly as anything, with a biting Autumn breeze but these Welly folk are tough as nails and the surfers were out in DROVES!
I marvelled at the fact we could sit and watch them with planes landing on one side and the southern sea facing suburbs looming over them from the other.
We then cruised around the twisty edges of the peninsula, along Breaky Bay Road and on through Seatoun where houses had been wedged between the steep bushy hills and the rocky exposed coast, leaving a slither for some tarseal and white paint. I loved this area and could only imagine the complete drama of a storm passing through!Lunch at Scorch-o-rama all rugged up watching the ferry’s cruise by.
Once we had finished with the cool adventure of suburbs-meet-harbour, we then shot back through town and headed up and over to the west coast and the tiny seaside-end-of-road called Makara.
Makara was a super windy country drive from Wellington, a tiny place where old dilapidated bach’s mingled with freshly renovated ones. The day was deliciously clear over here and it was obvious to me that Wellingtonians relished a Sunday drive us much as us! There were groups and families wandering the coastal track and divers and fisherman doing their best to hunt some dinner.
Cafe Makara was a welcome coffee and hot chips stop before wee toodled back into town.
I think the coolest thing about Wellington and most of our larger cities in NZ is the ease at which was can exit the urban and enjoy our special countryside and coast. Closely followed by this is the absolute willingness and compulsion of kiwi’s to do so!
I’m ready to join some dots for a North Island trip soon and as always can’t wait to share the resulting interviews of those I find on my way xSeaweed….not chorizo…
Thats me – preparing to say goodbye to my Jucy Styla which I would hire again and again. I loved her…
This post was made in partnership with Jucy.
All opinions are my own and I am SO happy to work with a company who relishes exploring as much as I do!
I drove an incredibly cost effective Styla from Queenstown – Dunedin – Wanaka – Christhurch – Blenheim – WellingtonYou can check the roady in it’s entirety here.