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Waking up after a restful night’s sleep at my hotel, the reliable Holiday Inn, downtown on Featherston Street, I breakfasted on the hearty buffet before heading out into the town centre. This hotel is perfectly situated in order to explore Wellington, being right on the doorstep of the business, shopping and entertainments area as well as close to the harbour. My first port of call was Lambton Quay, known as the ‘Golden Mile’ due to its number of department stores and boutiques. I headed off on foot into Capital on the Quay, the biggest shopping centre in Wellington, for a browse. After whiling away a good few hours and pleased with my purchases, I popped into one of the many cafes in the area for a sandwich to recharge my batteries. Nearby Cuba Street is also great for shopping, and is where I found a couple of quirky present ideas in Ika Ika, a weird and wonderful gift shop.
 
After lunch I decided to engage in a more peaceful afternoon and took a trip to the Botanic Gardens, taking the no. 3 Karori Park bus from Lambton Quay to the entrance on Tinakori Road. You can also take a cable car from downtown to the Gardens’ entrance. The Botanic Gardens proved an excellent plan for the afternoon as I delighted in the relaxing atmosphere surrounded by 25 hectares of native forest, beautiful flowers and lush plants. Enjoying the gardens is free, but I would have happily paid for this wonderfully meditative experience!

After the Botanic Gardens and still in peaceful mood, I headed to the Waterfront to meet my friends for dinner at the Italian inspired Herd Street Brasserie. It was nicely quiet at 6.30pm; the location faultless; the steak divine. After dinner we headed off for cocktails at the intimate Tupelo bar, with its dim lighting, red painted walls, quirky art and ornate chandeliers making for a charming evening until we left at midnight, although it is open until 6am if you feel so inclined! 
 

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