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You can’t beat Wellington on a good day

All parts of New Zealand have great things going for them, but the target of my unending bias is definitely the Wellington region. This is the case even though I’ve been absent for the past 2.5 years, living in Melbourne for secondary employment reasons. I’m aware that the region gets its share of weather events which are sometimes unpleasant to live with, yet it’s events like last week’s relatively newsworthy storm [1] which also cause me to feel most home-sick. It’s the type of thing I would have written about if there at the time.

Sunny and consistent weather is okay for a few minutes, but I appreciate being able to walk around a hill-top in the town belt during a strong wind [2], or sit on the rocks during a southerly gale under the sheltered northern end of the Wellington Airport runway, watching the flights awkwardly drop to the runway from directly underneath [3]. When living locally, it’s the type of thing I often enjoyed writing about between everything else which ends up here, but it’s been lacking during the time I’ve been away.

Wellington on 24th July, 2008. [4]
Wellington on 24th July, 2008.

I like thinking about aspects of back-country safety and recreational policy and many other NZ-related topics which have consumed much of my time, but prior to shifting away I also enjoyed checking out the more localised New Zealand environment. There’s something about an act as simple as walking up to Field Hut, shortly after most of the route has been thrashed by the forces of the weather [5], which helps me to appreciate New Zealand as a place. One way or another, New Zealand is all about weather.

Once again things are changing, however. There are still some things to work out, but as of about August we’ll be hopping back to live in Wellington again. I’m looking forward to it for the reasons I’ve just mentioned, but also for the friends and the family and all the other little differences. New Zealand and Australia are similar in many ways, but they’re very different in many other ways, and for me I think the latter are the ways which I appreciate most. Melbourne’s been great for a variety of reasons which I’ll not list here, and I’ll miss certain things, but it’ll be nice to be back with a one-way flight.

In unrelated news, we’ll be getting a new addition to the family in a few months’ time. Times change, I guess.

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8 Comments To "You can’t beat Wellington on a good day"

#1 Comment By Robb On 25 June, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

Kia ora Mike,
Glad to read you will be returning home, and congratulations on the new family addition. Times change indeed…but new eyes also give new perspectives to places we love. Enjoy the ride e hoa. Hope to run into you sometime in the Ruahine.

#2 Comment By Mike McGavin On 26 June, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

Thanks Robb. We’re certainly looking forward to it. There are a collection of tricky things to sort out beforehand, but I’m sure it’ll all be worth it in the end.

#3 Comment By jethrocarrr On 26 June, 2013 @ 2:23 am

Nothing like a good Wellington storm to make you home sick, I had the exact same feeling seeing the pics and not being able to be there. 🙁

#4 Comment By Mike McGavin On 1 July, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

Definitely. I’m looking forward to getting back. 🙂

#5 Comment By marty mars On 29 June, 2013 @ 11:26 am

kIa ora Mike

I love a bit of weather personally and often think fondly of my time in Wellington leaning into that wind. It cuts up a bit rough here in Golden Bay sometimes but nothing compared to the deep south where we are from. All the best for the rest of your journey with your new addition 🙂

#6 Comment By Mike McGavin On 1 July, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

Thanks, Marty. Much appreciated.

#7 Comment By Basketcase On 6 August, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

We are very excited to have you both (and pending) home soon 🙂 Looking forward to this site seeing some more active tramping trips added to it! I highly recommend you get a few in this side of Pendings arrival, as you might have to take another few months off after… 🙂

#8 Comment By Mike McGavin On 11 August, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

Thanks. I’m certainly hoping to fit in one or two. I guess we’ll also need to prioritise a few things like finding a place to live, and unpacking stuff, at some point. 🙂