Wellington has a very windy reputation and rightly so. It receives approximately 173 days of wind per year on which the wind speed reaches 60kph (32 knots) or more. On these particularly windy days, even if the temperature is 18 degrees it would feel like 11 degrees due to wind chill. This is also to do with the southerly winds; Wellington is only 5,300km from the Antarctic.
Thankfully we got to Welly on a good day and were able to enjoy it in all its glory.
The houses lining the street leading up to Mount Victoria are adorable, they look like upscaled dolls houses.
We didn’t get quite the same luck when crossing over on the ferry to the South Island – it was a pretty rocky ride at first.
Until we reached the Marlborough Sounds, which were totally calm and completely stunning and where seals played on the rocks.
After grabbing a pie in Picton, we headed to a little campsite called Pelorus bridge.
And our adventure on the South Island begins …