This year’s Shapeshifter outdoor sculpture exhibition in Lower Hutt has over 50 sculptures made by 44 New Zealand artists. Works are on display from Friday 26 February – Sunday 20 March from 11am – 7pm daily. Entry is $10 adults. All sculptures are for sale. (Have a sneak peak on Facebook).
Shapeshifter is a biennial event and we attended in 2014, in part to see a sculpture made by wood sculptor and carver Kevin McCardell from Tauranga. Kevin’s work is described as life like, is it ever. Even though I knew I was going to see a park … Read the rest
Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture is a little bit fancy with the large portrait of Marie Antoinette coordinated with the light fittings, couch, and cushions.
Louis Sergeant, Wellington
French staff added to the fancy vibe as they took my order for a halloumi and caramelised fig sandwich. I was surprised at the number of savoury options on the menu as I had gone prepared to eat pastry. Eat pastry I did though and the chocolate eclair was the stand out for me. Choux pastry is filled with dark chocolate mousse and a wide stripe of chocolate fondant is painted on top … Read the rest
Wellington has a few wacky and well known attractions like the Cuba Street bucket fountain, the lobster loos on the waterfront, and the political puppets at The Backbencher Gastropub on Molesworth Street. These attractions are mentioned in our A-Z Travel Guide to Wellington on $10 or less. We recently spent a couple of days in the capital looking for more wacky attractions that don’t necessarily fit a $10 budget …
Carlucci Land Mini Golf – metal sculptures meet good fun
Carlucci Land Mini Golf, 281 Happy Valley Road
Carlucci Land mini golf course is built into the hillside on Happy … Read the rest
Recently I wrote about Ngopi in Auckland, a Malaysian cafe that donates its profits to charity. In Wellington there is an espresso bar in a container on lower Cuba Street called Stories. Stories Espresso Bar was set up by youth organisation Zeal to provide employment and work experience for young baristas.
Stories Espresso Bar, 40A Cuba Street
Zeal run barista courses, but the young people who completed the training often found it difficult to get a job and gain experience. This is where Stories Espresso Bar steps in, young people get work experience under the tutelage of an experienced barista, … Read the rest
All sorts of curious items find new life as wearable art – used tea bags, bird wings, and even whole budgies – Budgerigar Brassiere. One designer mentioned half a gallon of Mac’s Gold in her materials list although that may have helped fuel her creativity.
It’s not only curious items but also common materials that are turned into stunning wearable art. In 2009 Alaskan carpenter David Walker won the Supreme Award at the World of WearableArt Awards Show (WOW) with ‘Lady of the Wood’. The design is a reproduction of a 17th century ball gown and is made entirely … Read the rest
I’ve read that interior designer Michael Nolder was tasked with creating ‘New Zealand’s best bar and something completely over the top’ when redesigning Hippopotamus Bar at Museum Art Hotel in Wellington. In my opinion he nailed it, here it is in all its elegant glory ……..
Hippopotamus Bar, Museum Art Hotel
The rooms at the hotel are currently undergoing a ‘Coco Chanel inspired’ renovation. The Classic Rooms we’ve stayed in were definitely missing the quirky and creative touches apparent throughout the public areas of the hotel. There was nothing at all wrong with the rooms, but it sounds like the … Read the rest
You’ll find a coffee spot on almost every street in downtown Wellington and it would be difficult to find a bar that doesn’t serve craft beer. The city has given itself the moniker ‘Craft Beer Capital’ so it’s just as well. Below are a few unusual places for a brew, I don’t mention craft beer specifically but it is sold in the bars below. (Craft Beer Capital can take you on a tasting trail).
Hone Harawira paddling his own waka
The Backbencher Gastropub, 34 Molesworth Street
The Backbencher Gastropub is opposite Parliament and has a political theme, there have … Read the rest
We don’t go to the movies often enough, it’s a cheap ticket to a foreign land, or at least a window into another world. We didn’t go to the movies in Wellington either, but we did find there’s more to Roxy Cinema in Miramar and Embassy Theatre in downtown Wellington than movie theatres. (And excellent theatres they are too according to rave reviews I’ve read).
Art deco facade of Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington
Old fashioned sweets in lolly jars for mid movie munchies
Roxy Cinema was formerly known as Capitol Theatre and was built in 1928. The last movie … Read the rest
I really wanted to like the Lucky Mongrel golden ale at Black Dog Brew Co, but it was the White Fang wheat beer that got me up for a second glass. Mike’s pick was the Golden Lab, I don’t know if they’re attempting to match beer to personalities but Mike’s definitely a docile lab and I can be feisty at times.
White Fang & Golden Lab at Black Dog Brew Co
Tasting tray at Black Dog Brew Co – $24
You know you’re drinking in a working brewery at Black Dog, big shiny silver tanks sit next to boxes of … Read the rest
Getting carried away for us was rising before 6am on a Friday morning to hook up the caravan and head to Carterton. We were keen to see hot air balloons lift off at 7am as part of the Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta*. The ballonists got carried away on a beautiful March morning. It’s definitely a sport for early risers, we won’t be taking it up any time soon.
Hot air balloons getting ready to rise in Carterton
Mike Pero’s flying house with a rooftop cat
Floating away in the early morning light
The big attraction at the 2014 event was … Read the rest