New Zealand - Day 14

We have a couple of days in Wellington before catching the ferry to the South Island. This morning we drove out to Seatoun to find the Chocolate Fish Cafe, one of Peter Jackson's local hangouts, and the place where he dreamed up the idea of creating the movie trilogy. We had pancakes, bacon and banana which seems to be a staple New Zealand breakfast.

The cafe has two seating areas, one by the ocean, and one in the cafe itself which is on the other side of the street. The wait staff all wear bright orange tops so they can cross the road in safety. It's a busy place, especially today when some kind of cycle race was going on.

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We took a scenic route back to the motel, including an accidental detour through Wellington airport.

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We parked the car and walked out into Wellington centre. Soon we found the Embassy Theatre, the location of the world premieres of the trilogy. The cinema is an old-fashioned single screen place, beautifully restored with funding help from many sources including Peter Jackson himself. It now has a state of the art screen and sound. We picked up two tickets for the evening showing of The Return of the King, one of the last showings as it is closing tomorrow!

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From there we walked to the Te Papa museum, a huge free entry museum with lots of exhibits about local history, nature and science. That filled our afternoon and soon it was time to return to the theatre for an extremely enjoyable second viewing of The Return of the King, in 'platinum class' seats. After that it was a quick meal and back to the hotel room to catch the Spanish Grand Prix on tv.