Last night in Wellington had to be done right. Off of a recommendation, we started at Dirty Little Secret, a rooftop bar with no signing at all. A random elevator on the side of a building took us to the roof – Ryan was lucky to stumble across it.
Dinner was at Ortega Fish Shack, which Ryan found ahead of time. His choice was validated as many people told us we needed to eat there.
Buttery prawn tails with pasta and a rabbit mousse to start.
For the mains, two different local types of fish – we can’t remember the names. All of the food was solid. Definitely a good meal to end the trip.
On our last day in Wellington we were craving something spicy; we found it at Little Penang. And, we have no ide what we ordered, but it was all tasty.
The Wellington Club was home for our two night stay. While the room was nice, the real highlights were around the building. Like, these portraits of the Queen and the Prince Consort.
This artwork honoring members or staff of the club who served in the military.
This beautifully carved seal of the club.
One of the many dining rooms.
And, the billiards room.
After a night in Martinborough we made the one hour trip to Wellington, the last destination of our trip. We started the day with a walk along the waterfront. What could be more beautiful?
Before dinner we paid a visit to the Martinborough Brewey, just a block from our hotel. Just under three years old, they only distribute around the region. We emailed them before leaving for NZ and they offered to give us a tour of the brewery. Janalle was our guide. She owns the brewery with her husband and a friend, along with some smaller investors. The beer was terrific, so of course we bought a few to bring back.
Mid wine-tasting in Martinborough we stopped for lunch at Poppies Winery. The winery is run by a couple: the husband grows the grapes and the wife makes the wine. After a very energetic tasting with the Poppy herself we sat outside for lunch in one of the most unreal settings. The meal was comprised of a gourmet meat, veggies, and cheese platter. Every single bite was delicious, maybe even more so than normal given the scenery.
Our second day of wine tasting was spent in the Martinborough area. The wines were just as good as Hawkes Bay from the previous day and most are not exported. Of course, we purchased too many.
We took a little detour during our drive to Martinborough and stopped at the National Museum of Sheep and Sheering in Masterton. It’s exactly as you’d imagine it to be inside. The guide was super nice; he even told us he could sheer a sheep in eight minutes. We’re now very knowledgeable about all things sheep.
The drive from Napier to Martinborough was stunning. Rolling hills. Green pastures dotted with sheep. And, cows in the road.