A glimpse into Wellington, a photo essay

I’ve been in Wellington for 2 1/2 weeks, and I’m grateful to say that everything has come together more than I could’ve hoped for.

I have a job in the city with a good amount of hours, I’m moving into my new apartment in a few days with a group of Kiwis I could see myself becoming great friends with.

I’ve made connections in my hostel from all over the world and New Zealand, I now have friends to visit and places to stay from Auckland to Christchurch once I start traveling the country.

I just bought a huge bed, which is quite a big deal for my wandering self, I’ve made the big gesture, in my mind, of staying put in Wellington for awhile.

I have one more month of being 23, so without further ado, here are 23 photos of my journey in Wellington so far. I have big hopes for this small city that has shown itself to have such a classy character.

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Outside of the Portrait Gallery, one of the many free museums and art galleries in Wellington
Kayaks looking out over the wharf
I had been contemplating going down this slide for a week, and then I met a guy from Christchurch who was just as keen. The start of an epic day around Wellington.
Shops built into the waterfront. Also near where the Saturday Markets happen, the best place for a bite to eat or an affordable souvenir
Locks of love and a plank to jump off of into the water.
Organic coffee and an electric violinist as the soundtrack, just another day in the capital.
Free. Solace in the Wind.
I live at the edge of the universe like everybody else. Writers Walk on the waterfront.
The coolest little capital in the world
The Beehive, New Zealand parliament
Gates to parliament
Museum of Wellington City and Sea. Wall of love letters.
It’s true you can’t live here by chance, you have to do and be, not simply watch or even describe. This is the city of action, the world headquarters of the verb. Words to live by.
Eating sushi with an American and two locals at Civic Square. This is my scenery
Make your own path
Ships in the dock
Hipster vibes and sunny days in Windy Welly
One of the only places open on Good Friday, a delicious American diner with real french toast
Stormy days and cable cars at the Wellington lookout before a walk through the botanical gardens
blue haze
Colorful Maori carvings at Te Papa Museum
Afghan. Possibly the most delicious treat I’ve discovered in the last two weeks. Taken at my favorite cafe in the Wellington CBD.
Street art


Mimi McFadden
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