I went to New Zealand and it was pretty rad. Here are a bunch of photos. There are more on my Instagram, including lots of food and drink which is mostly what I spent my time and money on.
I spent a week in Wellington, a few days in Nelson and a few days in Auckland. Welly was by far my favourite place.
Over my time I ate some truly incredible food and had a couple of dining experiences which are easily in my top five of all time. Shepherd in Wellington was phenomenal and the goats cheese and bacon vinaigrette custard was insanely good, while Hopgoods in Nelson was just awesome. The bone marrow at Depot in Auckland also deserves a shout out.
They do beer well in New Zealand too and managed to find a local pub/bar in each place. I love that they have something close to cask beer which we just don’t really have in Australia.
Other highlights included the Weta Workshop, the Te Papa museum (the sculptures pictured below are from the Gallipoli exhibition and were made by Weta), and the views from the dam at Zealandia, from the geographic centre of New Zealand in Nelson, and from Mudbrick Winery on Waiheke Island.
The coffee scene in Wellington is unhinged. Just something else entirely. (More pictures of that on Instagram). I could go on and on about the trip, especially Wellington and all the great stuff I ate and drank but maybe just look at some photos.
These are unprocessed/unedited (because I’m lazy) and I realise there are some blotches on many of the photos. Half way through my holiday I noticed these and finally cleaned the lens I was using.
Yeah, New Zealand (Wellington especially) is ace.