Saturday, February 22
Today is our last day in New Zealand. Our morning was spent with Dr. Hamish Campbell exploring the bays of Wellington’s coastline.
We also saw the Wahine Memorial. The Wahine was a passenger and vehicle ferry that was caught in a really bad storm as it crossed the Wellington Harbour and capsized.
We also visited the Taputeranga Marine Reserve. It is a protected area of sea and coast and covers about 2100 acres!
We made a stop at Mt. Victoria. It is located east of central Wellington and there were some wonderful 360 degree views from the hill.
A memorial to Richard Byrd is located at Mt. Victoria. He was an American polar explorer and aviator and he used New Zealand as a base for his Antarctic expeditions for 27 years.
After two weeks exploring New Zealand, our next stop was the Wellington Airport for our flight to Sydney, Australia. We fell in love with this country and hope to visit again!