Best of Wellington (part two)

Thought I’d already covered the best of Wellington but every time I visit (usually four times a year) I continue to find new and interesting things to see and do. The hundredth anniversary of Gallipoli in particular is responsible for some must see exhibitions worth making the trip for.

Size of Our War Exhibition
The star attraction at Te Papa (other than the slowly shrinking colossal squid) focuses on the battle of Gallipoli, with attention grabbing giant (think about three times human size) hyper realistic models of real people from the conflict. Best done at the start or end of the day as it is deservedly popular.

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The Great War Exhibition
Arguably better than the Size of Our War, and certainly provides a more comprehensive overview of New Zealand’s involvement in WW1, along with equally impressive model making, this time featuring thousands of small figures. At the Dominion Museum, behind the National War Memorial (also worth visiting).

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Pukeahu War Memorial Park
Recently opened new park in front of the National War Memorial and Dominion Museum.

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Cycling around Miramar Peninsula
Flat (around the edges), scenic and devoid of traffic, this is a great way to spend a couple of hours exploring the peninsula. Decent bikes can be hired from On Yer Bike on Vivian Street in town for $30 a day.

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Running around Wellington
Wellington is one of my favourite places to run, hard to beat heading out along the waterfront to Oriental Bay and beyond, though the headwinds do start to kick in. If the flat is a getting a little too easy come back via Mt Victoria, and reward yourself with a rest while taking in the views.

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Public art
After Palmerston North Wellington is probably the best New Zealand city for public art, with plenty of it liberally scattered along the CBD waterfront and out by the airport, many of which take advantage of their location and the wind.

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Dowse Art Gallery
One of few reasons to visit Lower Hutt is to visit the Dowse, which is home is various temporary exhibitions.

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Kitesurfing at Lyall Ball
I’ve only observed rather than partaken but they do seem to be there almost every time I visit Maranui cafe.

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