I’m an Auckland girl through and through so when Katherine said come down to Wellington and play for the day, I couldn’t resist going over to the dark side for a day (plus Kat promised me afternoon tea)…there’s nothing better than a local taking you around a city so here’s a local’s guide to Wellington aka Wellywood.  It’s this way to Wellington folks!

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^^That’s Kat just in case you didn’t know…she’s pretty darn lovely!

Leaving Auckland bright and breezy and arriving into Wellington, Kat was waiting at the gate for our little adventure around Wellington…we started with a drive around the bay which is just stunning and wild…made even more lovely by half naked men stripping off…Kat didn’t slow down for a picture (apologies for the lack of half naked men photos).

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Parking the car at Te Papa, we headed for brunch but first we visited a famous Wellington sculpture, the bucket fountain…

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…before heading to Loretta on Cuba Street.  The menu is vast and there are a number of yummy gluten free options…

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…since Kat is the beautiful lass behind Lady Loves Cake, we needed to order cake obviously…we decided to share a piece and the only gluten free option was a parsnip and hazelnut cake which we were told was better than carrot cake…obviously this is a HUGE call but he was right, it was SO much better than carrot cake and we managed to demolish it between gossiping.

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^^super fluffy cake was just what the doctor ordered

We both went for the warm rice options for brunch…I went for the sweet orange, lemon and brandied sultanas warm rice…

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…and Kat went for the chicken sausage with thyme warm rice…both are out of this world!

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With full little pukus we hit Wellington…instagramming as we went along…we were instagram ninjas…Kat introduced me to her favourite shop, Madame Fancy Pants…awesome name for an awesome shop…I wanted to buy EVERYTHING…my credit card broke out in a sweat.

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Wellington is famous for having little crooks and crannies to discover and Eva Street has some awesome little businesses to pop inside.

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^^Great place to pose if your name was Eva!

In goes Kat….

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….and of course I followed, it would be rude not too…

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…sometimes a girl just needs to smell the chocolate and doesn’t need to eat or drink the chocolate….kinda like sniffing the roses but cooler!

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As we had walked about 500 metres we needed to refuel…we were possibly getting dehydrated from talking so much rather than the walking aspect so Kat introduced me to the Six Barrel Soda Co which is rather funky…

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…and makes the most delicious drinks; if in Wellington you definitely need to visit for a fancy slurp and they’re reasonably priced as well.

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Eva Street has had a bit of a make over and looks amazing…

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…great if you’re a fashion blogger and need to drop a pose or two against a coloured wall

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^^Kat striking a pose like a pro and she looks gorgeous, don’t you agree!

And of course we did an obligatory shoefie.

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We stumbled across a rather grand alleyway filled of choice street art

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…it…

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…was…

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…freaking…

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…awesome!

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Heading down to the waterfront to explore, Kat introduced me to a great weekend market that is held inside an underground carpark with cute little stalls selling lots of crafts…

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…and then on the waterfront there were so many little vans selling food that you could have traveled around the world in 80 dishes with all the stalls that were operating or if you fancied you could buy fish straight from the boat which was freshly caught that morning…oh the joys of living in New Zealand!

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Overlooking Wellington Harbour you really do appreciate how beautiful New Zealand really is…it’s a lot smaller than Auckland however is just as beautiful…

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…and there is something just so special as watching kids enjoying jumping into the water on a hot summers day…an innocence that I feel is lost in Europe.

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Of course we checked out the naked man…

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…and yes he does have a willy, we checked, he must have a rather chilly willy when there is a southerly blowing!  The significance of the sculpture was lost on me when I worked out that he had a willy.

I love a good beach hut and Wellington didn’t disappoint…

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…they were so darn cute…

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…like little beach hut soldiers all in a row!

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^^Windy Wellington living up to it’s name…it was only a light breeze.

Our next stop was Oriental Bay…one of the most famous beaches in New Zealand…golden sand in our lovely capital city…

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…I may have looked down my rather large nose at the tourists sunbathing…seriously slip, slop, slap folks.

Of course while we were gossiping about life, we chatted about instagram and how I wanted to write a post about instagram cliches so Kat helped me with a few of the poses…including the follow me pose…

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…and the ice cream pose…

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…personally I think instagram needs more of this pose which I’m going to call the Ahoy pose, what do you think?

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We had one more stop before heading to afternoon tea and that was a ride on the Wellington Cable Car which is something that I’d done on a previous visit to Wellington however I love a good old funicular ride and it was such a stunning day over Wellington that we couldn’t resist a ride up…and then back down again!

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Travel Tip Alert: Buy a travel card for Wellington, top it up and use this to ride the Wellington Cable Car as it means you can jump the long tourist queue for a ticket and use the travel card…you can buy the card at the diary (corner shop) right by the entrance to the cable car.

After a rather exciting day of touring around Wellington…all on foot…it’s an easy city to walk around, we enjoyed a spot of high tea at Hippopotamus to end our fabulous day out together.

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You can see more photos on instagram using our #kellydoeswelly tag.  Wellington is such a cool city and if time allows it, try and spend at least 48 hours exploring the city as we didn’t even scrap the surface!

I did have a light bulb moment while in Wellington…

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…that when I move home, I think Wellington would be a good base for me rather than Auckland…it’s smaller, more compact and rather quirky which I like.

A big thank you to Katherine for helping me write this Local’s Guide to Wellington and sharing all her wonderful Wellington secrets.  I’ve met some wonderful people through blogging and Kat is definitely not just a wonderful blogger but an amazing lady and I feel extremely lucky to call her a friend (if she doesn’t feel the same way then I’m unfollowing her immediately on all my social media channels…and you know I would do it Kat!).  Thank you for showing me your new home.  I love you to pieces!

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xx

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One of my favourite bloggers now lives in Wellington, so when I was home in December it was pretty much a done deal that I would be having a high tea date with the one and only Kat from Lady Loves Cake.  Kat had organised our High Tea at Hippopotamus which is located inside the Museum Art Hotel, opposite Te Papa and it’s rather funky…

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…there was a reclining naked lady painted on the hotel wall and I adored it!

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^^If only we could all eat afternoon tea in our birthday suits…imagine how many more scones we would be able to fit in without our clothes acting as gastric bands!

Sandwiches

I knew this wasn’t going to be a traditional high tea and that included the selection of gluten free savoury treats…

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…which consisted of one tiny ham gluten free sarnie…

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…a very yummy rice ball which was something I’ve never had at an afternoon tea before…

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…and of course salmon!  The savouries were extremely tasty and hit the spot, I loved the very diverse selection of gluten free savouries and I can safely say that the savoury selection was unique.

Scones

Kat had warned me there were no scones with this High Tea at Hippopotamus so I wasn’t disappointed…it just meant there were going to be more pastries to scoff!

Pastries

Once again like the gluten free savouries there was a huge variety of gluten free pastries on offer including panna cotta (which is quite common for gluten free afternoon teas these days for us gluten free foodies!)…

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..the sweetest pineapple…

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…and oh my goodness…lemon meringue cups!  Can we please have more lemon meringue at afternoon tea…forget macarons…lemon meringue cups all the way…I really fancy one of these right now.

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Now there was a mango rice roll which I had a little taste off…mango brings me out in hives so I left it on the plate but it was very different.

Tea

The High Tea at Hippopotamus serves up Dilmah tea in the cutest and brightest tea pots I’ve ever seen…and in true Kelly fashion…I was gossiping so much with Kat that I forgot to take a photo but trust me they have awesome teapots.

Atmosphere

Hippoptoamus has a stunning location overlooking the water…seriously Wellington was shining the day I was visiting so the views were to die for!

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The Museum Art Hotel is very arty…go figure ah…I’m so descriptive!

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And I loved it, it reminded me the Sanderson Hotel in London with all the quirky touches found around the hotel.

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^^Yes that is a motorcycle located inside the hotel reception area…only in New Zealand!

And yes the famous Hippopotamus!

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Service

The service on our visit was relaxed and not once did I have to top up my own tea…there was always someone on hand to fill me up.  We never felt rushed during our high tea experience and were one of the last tables to leave…surprise surprise!

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Would I recommend the High Tea at Hippopotamus – I think the High Tea is extremely well priced at NZD39 (UK£ 18) per person and offers a great selection of quirky touches, it’s not your traditional afternoon tea however it works well with the design of the hotel and it’s a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon in Wellington.

A big thank you to Kat for organising the high tea!

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