Last night in Wellington

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. 

Around the Wellington Club

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. 

Some comedy. 


And, the billiards room. 

Wellington at last

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?

Martinborough Brewery

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. 

Lodging with charm 

Martinborough is a definitely a “one horse town.” But they have a beautiful late-19th century hotel aptly named the Martinborough Hotel. It was originally built as a hotel and each room was named after one of the settling families. We stayed in the Weld room. The downstairs had a warm and inviting library, with a comfortable TV room. Our room came complete with a deep clawfoot tub and a balcony overlooking the town square. 

Lunch at Poppies

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. 


Sheep sheering stop

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.