Project Description

In April I felt I needed a break from Hastings and I heard that David was going on a trip to Wellington and Picton. So I asked him if I could tag along and he was fine with that. We stayed at the Bay Plaza Hotel in Wellington CBD. I enjoyed the comfortable bed. It was nice that I didn’t have to make my bed in the morning, or do the dishes and didn’t have to cook at any time while we were away.

We went on the ferry to Picton. On our ferry there was a bonus, a band playing. I was stoked to see some dolphins. When we got off the ferry we went to our accommodation which was at a place offering bed and breakfast. Then we went to have a look around Picton and went to the Aquarium where they have rescued animals.

That night we went out to a pub and listened to the same band that was on the ferry. What a great night! We enjoyed it so much we lost track of time and didn’t get back to our rooms until very late.

The next day we got up early to catch the ferry back to Wellington. When we arrived in Wellington we dropped our bags at the hotel and went shopping at the Porirua North City Shopping Centre.

Next morning we went shopping again after breakfast before going back to pick up our luggage and head to the bus stop for our journey home.

This was a very exciting trip. My highlights were Te Papa, the band and seeing the meerkats at the zoo.


Gillian Harris


We went to the Wellington Zoo. I love wild animals and my favourite animals were the meerkats. I saw for the first time in my life a lioness eating rabbit and some other meat, I couldn’t believe how fierce they can be – on TV they don’t seem as fierce. There’s a large range of wild cats: tigers, lion, lioness, caracal and cheetah. I enjoyed watching the cheetahs playing with one another and then one of adults got angry with one of the teenagers and bit it on the ear. OH I felt sorry for it! The red panda looked cuddly.

On the way back to the hotel in the bus we met a nice young man and his support worker, who we found out was with Community Connections. It’s a small world after all.

The next day we went to Te Papa which was only a five minute walk from the hotel. I liked the kiwi birds and enjoyed the Gallipoli display of the war – it gave me an understanding what it was like for the soldiers. It is nothing like the TV programmes. You have to go and see it to get knowledge of what it was like. It opened my eyes and gave me more appreciation for what they went through. There was a display of a soldier with his can of corn beef with flies on – it makes me realise how fortunate we are.