Friday Five: A Weekend in Wellington


I spent last weekend in Wellington, New Zealand, visiting with a close girlfriend. It was exactly what I needed. I also, for the first time in months and months, did not type a word. No blogs, no manuscripts, no emails, no notes…nothing. And yes, I do have a commissioned article with a looming deadline. I’m not sure whether it was because of that, or because things are starting to sort themselves out- as things tend to do- but I felt that instead of being away from Sydney for three days, I’d been away for three weeks.

So, anyways, without further ado…the Wellington five:

The restaurant…


Whitebait. Just perfect. I wrote about it here… and rated it 5 stars on Trip Advisor.

The bars…

Ok, yes, my liver needs a rest. But the days were so beautiful and Wellington has some great rooftop bars that were calling to us to be chilled out in.

Dirty Little Secrets is fun and a tad industrial hip,


My fave was The Arborist. It feels as though someone has left the gate open for the neighbourhood to wander in with their own stools and bean-bags. It reminds me more than a little of Brad’s rooftop bar that I created for Big Girls Don’t Cry.



The street art…


I spied this piece by Rone. I love it.

The rugby…

The Hurricanes won, and I came away with a hoarse voice- both good things. There’s something about cheering loudly (or was it the singing at the half-time hurioke?) that let’s you get rid of whatever it is that needs to be screamed out loud.

The harbourside…


There are plenty of great spots to eat by the harbour. This one, Dockside, was our last stop before heading back to the airport.

Craft beer, great food (I had the smoked fish cakes and some excellent chips), good views.


Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

2 thoughts

  1. Oh, I love the look of The Arborist – what a wonderful atmosphere! And the harbour looks lovely as well – so peaceful. We have a marina here in Hervey Bay and I considered some of the units surrounding it, but my mother said looking at the bobbing boats made her feel sick. (So if I was to ever have her visit it wasn’t really an option!)

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