#TBT - Feck Off Snakes - Wellington, NZ

We spent St. Patrick's Day 2010 in New Zealand's capital city of Wellington. If ever there was a windier city, we haven't found it. Being in the higher latitudes and just off the Cook Strait which separates New Zealand's North and South Islands, the wind blew constantly at 40 knots in windy Wellington and no one seemed to notice. new zealand map

We drank a pint or two to celebrate the Irish at the Green Man Pub because on St. Patrick's Day ... everyone is Irish.

feck off snakes

There are some striking similarities between New Zealand and the Emerald Isle. About 20% of New Zealanders claim Irish ancestry. The drinking age is 18 in both countries. Both countries are lush and green. The populations are about equal. And like Ireland, there are no snakes in New Zealand (they're all in Australia!).


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We spent a week in the city, walking, exploring and enjoying Wellington city. There's lots of wide open spaces and parks, loads of interesting street art, a world-class museum and a fine collection of pubs. Take a quick tour with us.

new zealand street art


civic square wellington new zealand


te papa museum in wellington new zealand


The museum was right next door to the marina and entrance was free (by donation), so we visited three times and still didn't get enough.


buzzy bee in new zealand


the beehive in wellington new zealand


cable car in wellington new zealand


wellington new zealand botanic garden


bolton memorial park wellington new zealand

Interested in more New Zealand? We really got around. Take a look at our website.

P.S. “Feck off” is a quasi-polite, socially acceptable Irish profanity and, after all, it is St. Patrick's Day!