I love Wellington and this video captures the spirit of the city. Watch right through and don't miss why so many people liken Wellington, NZ to San Francisco, CA.
Oh darn! I so wanted to embed the video but cannot work out how to do so. Here is a link to Judith's post. I hope you will go there and watch it. If I had to live in one of our major cities I'd be hard pushed to go past Wellington. Here is the direct link to the video on Vimeo.
Now I have a serious problem. I love Christchurch too but it has a totally different character, partly because it is build mostly on the flat.
When I was a child, a trip to Wellington was special, a rare treat. So many memories. The drive; stopping at Paekakariki for a meal at the Restaurant that seemed to hang out past the rocks and over the sea; the excitement of being country kids in the city; traffic; would the tram stop or run over our car; brillaint, glittering shops full of all kinds of treasures; so many people, not all of European descent; beautiful buildings; stunning shoreline; architecture that stimulated my imagination; houses glued to hillside; and stopping on the way home at a tiny roadside fish shop for freshly caught butter fish. At the end of the long day Mum would drop butter into a hot pan and pop in the thick pieces of fish to sizzle. I haven't heard of butter fish for years but they were the perfect fish, for a fussy, non-fish eating child, with their sweet flesh and big transparent blue bones. Every now and then a memory comes along and I want to turn the clock back. This video triggered a massive bout of nostalgia.