Next week in Wellington: In theory I’ll be in Wellington next week from the Tuesday to the Sunday morning – and should be back home sometime the Sunday afternoon… In theory because the weather’s horrible in the lower North Island and in the South Island at the moment, so I am worried about the flights in and out of Wellington next week 🙁 Though I had heard that the bad weather is moving up the North Island, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to fly out of Auckland and into Wellington without any problems on the Tuesday, and then the other way round on the Sunday again.

I’ve already said that I’m going on this trip because of the WW1 stuff at the Auckland Museum making me want to see the Sir Peter Jackson Anzac displays in Wellington, which admittedly I think will be a lot better than the Auckland ones. Also my friend – the one who has just bought a new house in Wellington – is having her house warming next Saturday evening and I want to be in Wellington for that too.

I’ve also arranged with her to meet up for lunch and/or dinner at least once in the days I will be Wellington, I also have a couple of other old friends I want to meet up with and one of my mother’s cousins lives in Wellington, so I will need to arrange to see her too. It’s going to be interesting to see how Wellington has changed since the last time I was there!

I have been thinking seriously about taking a long weekend and going down to Wellington to go see their World War 1 exhibit – the one with the work done by Sir Peter Jackson and Weta in particular, which happens to be in the old Wellington Museum and not Te Papa itself… Going to Wellington isn’t a big deal, especially given that I don’t have any kids myself, and I haven’t been down there in a couple of years now!

It doesn’t help that the Auckland Museum exhibits for World War 1 aren’t nearly as interesting as the ones in Wellington appear to be. The special exhibit for Anzac Day was that mincraft one that I’m no where near as interested in as the Weta exhibit’s in Wellington.

I must admit that I’m incredibly pleased that I didn’t go this week given the horrible weather – and the bad flooding! – that Wellington has been having recently! That is one of the problems about going to Wellington in winter, but over the last few days the weather has been worse than usual for that area!

I also want to start getting out and doing more “bigger” things, which would include a few days away out of Auckland. I mean if my SiL can randomly decide to go on shopping holidays to Australia with her friends I can start doing more travel too. I don’t think it’s helped that my brother has been talking about the kite boarding holidays he’s planning for later on this year with his friends. The had been planning on going to South America in August or September and are now planning on going to somewhere in Australia instead – possibly. Or was going kite boarding in Australia as well as South America?

Anyway I’d really like to go to Wellington and Te Papa again sooner rather than later. The Weta World War 1 exhibit in the old museum is just a good reason to get down there again.