Well done, Wellington

It's official. Day One was a success.   

After landing at the wellington airport, we headed up a hill to pick up our trusty steed for the trip - our Jucy camper. (Or campa in Kiwi). Neon green and purple, it's hard to miss. However, as we get the hang of driving on the left side of the road, we're kind of greatful that the campa screams "we're not from around here - take haste!"  

Since it was our first night, and we were in a bigger city, we booked a room at the Museum Art Hotel. Right on the water, we were able to use the swimming pool, gym and shower. We felt almost human again by noon - showered and ready to explore after almost 20 hours of travel. 

 

We found a great bar and sat down to watch the Super Bowl. A "jug" of beer (or two) for Tyler and some sauv blanc for me, and we were officially on our way to a proper honeymoon! Burgers and potato popcorn filled our bellies.  

 

At halftime, we needed to stretch our legs. Up, up, up (fueled by flat whites) to the Mount Victoria Lookout. What a view!

Back to our new favorite bar to watch the broncos steal the show! High on winning, we heded to the Te Papa Museum for some NZ culture. 

 

Pretty exhausted at at this point, we headed back to the hotel, where we were welcomed by a bottle of champagne. A two hour nap - followed by a 10pm light dinner at the Matterhorn. 

 

And man, did we sleep well! A perfect start to our trip.  

 

Off to the South Island via the Interislander Ferry in the morning. Wine, kayaks, mountains and exploring await!