So towards the end of June I used up a whole stack of airpoints (acquired over my whole ~9 years of university holiday and conference travels) to visit some of my peeps around the North Island.
With my usual epic luck for timing - I ended up spending my first three days stranded at Auckland airport whilst Welly got its #storm13 tantrum out of its system.
Fun times. And, of course - Auckland looked like this:
When I finally did get to Welly, I met The Married One at her parents for delicious hot lunch (c/o her lovely Dad), and then we hit up TePapa to see what had changed - not much. As an aside - TMO has made the ultimate investment - a onesie. She gave me permission to share the photo provided you couldn't see her face. Its almost like she's ashamed...nope :P.
Amongst dinner catchups (shoutout to the fantastic Lawyering One), movies (if you haven't seen a movie at the Reading Gold Lounge yet - then do it. Fantastic.), zoo, a job interview and shop browsing; we visited the Weta Cave out at Miramar.
As you can imagine, it is as brilliant as all things touched with the Weta/Peter Jackson magic wand.
One of the days we got some sushi (Wellington has the best sushi) and ate with TMO's mum in her works break room - a most fantastic space decorated with re-purposed electrical components:
And of course, the local crazy cat found me at TMO's house:
I also had a look around the Dowse Art Museum, which had some fascinating exhibits - but very much modern.
Alex Monteith had a constantly changing surfing project running on the projector, and there was an awful lot of pottery by Barry Brickell, but my favourite was the 'Black O' exhibit by Kerrie Poliness - massive geometric wall 'drawings' which were fantastic. My taste runs more towards the classical and oils, but it's worth a pop-in if you're in the Hutt and have a mo.
It was brilliant catching up with The Married Ones, whom I hadn't seen in 6 months, and The Lawyering One whom I hadn't seen in years.
It's hard being so far away from your homegirls. Visiting is good.