What a lovely branch we attended in Waioru! The spirit was powerful and the members were wonderful. I loved having Taylor play the piano again and I loved the testimonies that were shared and my boys seeing the missionaries in action. They held a primary just for Daisie, Luke and Lily! How sweet! The kids loved it AND they fed us lunch. Really they couldn’t have been more kind and welcoming. The food was amazing and the boys made a connection with the branch presidents son who had spent six months on exchange in Gilbert! Such a small world. An hour an a half after church finished we finally left on our journey south to the capital.
Wellington, the southern most capital in the world, also claims the tag line “The coolest little capital in the world”. On a sunny day it definitely has a fresh, playful and hip vibe. “Windy Welly” put her best face forward for us. The weather was ideal and the harbor was full of walkers, loungers and bay jumpers (they’ve set up a tall ladder right next to the national museum, Te Papa, where you can climb up and swan dive right into the water!). We loved walking around downtown in the late evening and again later after dark to enjoy the ambiance. Playgrounds, ponds, rock climbing walls, skate bowls are all free and ready for the playing.
Free Te Papa museum-
The boys loved watching a video on the origins of the famous Haka-
Rays right in the harbor-
We also checked out the botanical garden with its fun kids playground. The common occurrence of a large “flying fox” at many of the city playgrounds has become a favorite of the kids.
The cherry on top of the day was the view from atop Mt Victoria As we climbed to the top of the hill at sunset a rainbow slowly began to come out and shine above the Wellington Harbor below. Beautiful! As we stood in awe, the other end of the rainbow came into view and then slowly and steadily the entire rainbow began to shine in the evening glow. I have seen many rainbows in my life, but I don’t believe I have ever seen such a strong complete rainbow. We tried in vein to capture the bow on our cameras. There was no way to capture the grandeur and the majesty. It was simply another gift. What a treat!
We were so enamored we couldn’t stop trying to get a shot that would actually capture the complete view-
Fuzzy late night shots on the iPhone trying to remember the feel and vibe of the late night downtown-
Mike borrowed a board for a few minutes to try out the bowl. No injuries, he was awesome.