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Australia is a big island in the South Pacific. It is surrounded by the Coral Sea, the Tasman Sea, and the Indian Ocean. Lots of people go there for vacation. There is a lot to see. One of the big attractions is the Great Barrier Reef. Sidney is a big draw for tourists. And it is fast becoming a vacation destination.

But think and look outside the box. Just to the South East of Australia is the Island called New Zealand. It is made up of two islands. And they are called the North Island and the South Island. In the North Island you have two main cities. Auckland and Wellington. I would like to tell you why it is worth a visit to New Zealand and in particular to Wellington New Zealand.

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Just as a point of information, Wellington is known as Windy Wellington due to the winds that blow thru the Cook Strait. This is the area that separates The North and South Island. So first and foremost if you like ocean activities that require wind, such as kite surfing or sailing, this is the place for you. Even though Wellington is well into the southern hemisphere, it is not all that warm. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 69°F and is rarely below 38°F or above 75°F.

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To travel between the North and South Islands, you can take a ferry. This trip normally takes about 3 hours to cover the 43 mile distance between the two islands. But this trip is not for those that get sea sick. There are usually rough seas and high winds since it goes through the Cook Straits.

Wellington is a great place for a family trip. The sites and activates are diverse. You can go to the Museum of New Zealand. You can have a bite to eat at such places as Caffe L’Affare, you can go on a sea coast safari to see sea lions, and this is a nice 3 hour tour. You can eat at the Red Dog Restaurant and Bar right on the Steamship Wharf. There is the Wellington Zoo.

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You can take a ride on the famous Wellington Cable Car which runs from downtown Wellington to the picturesque suburb of Kelburn and Wellington Botanic Garden. You can discover the stories of their southern skies through Space Place’s multimedia exhibition and digital full-dome planetarium. And more eating and drinking at the Lone Star.

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Next is the Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe which offers a unique experience for people of all ages to feed and freely interact with a wide range of native and exotic birds and animals in an environment that has been created with nature’s materials. You can go to Zeaandia which is a nature preserve and home to all sorts of rare and unusual wild life.

If day trips are your thing, you can take a ferry, The East by West Ferry. Theses would be ferry trips across Wellington harbour to and from Days Bay. Daily stops at Somes-Matiu Island; a beautiful nature reserve and historic site offering 360 degree views of the Wellington region. So make sure you bring your camera.