Monday, March 3, 2008

And the fun continues...

What a great weekend! Bruce's sister, Sheri, and her boyfriend, Royden, came for a visit this weekend and we had a great time showing them around. Of course we did the usual things tourists do when visiting Wellington such as the fantastic museum Te Papa and taking the cable car up to the Botanic Gardens, but we also did a few of the more unusual things one can do.

After a huge pancake breakfast on Friday, we drove out to the Wairarapa to see a glowworm cave that is located on private land. In the past, the farmer that owns the land has been kind enough to let locals onto his land and through the cave to view the glowworms, but unfortunately for us the cave is now closed to the public and it appears as though the land is for sale.

We pushed on though, and decided to climb
Putangirua Pinnacles which is quite a sight to behold. Following the two hour walk, we drove on to Cape Palliser where there is a great lighthouse and seal colony. I've had to relinquish my camera along with my job, but our friend Paul has been kind enough to allow me to 'borrow' some of his photos for our blog.

We didn't climb the stairs up to the lighthouse, but next time we're out there we will because the views must be amazing. Penny and Adrian know how amazing the views are - this is where Adrian proposed!

The seal colony was great as well. We saw both pups and adults lounging in the hot afternoon sun. I think Royden startled the pup with his wild gestures as the pup got up, jumped into the ocean and glided away. Soon after, numerous adults joined in the frolicking and the water was teeming with graceful seals all playing about. They look so funny on land trying to jump from one rock to the next, but get them in the water and they are absolutely magnificent.

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