New Zealand’s capital city on the southern tip of North Island is built on a bay surrounded by hills and is pretty compact. Due to the strong winds blowing through Cook Strait, it is nicknamed “Windy Wellington”. One of the best ways to see it is to take a ride on the funicular cable car that departs from the main shopping street rising 120 meters up the hill where the Botanical Garden is located. It was a bright, sunshiny day but due to the prevailing winds that blew in some heavy clouds, the blue sky suddenly became overcast when we got to the top. Nevertheless, the views were pretty spectacular starting from the bay that shimmered in the distance to the urban sprawl of the city.

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