Dolly Travels – Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital City

Author: , October 12th, 2015

Wellington - Dolly GoolsbyI have to apologize. We were so busy during our last few days in New Zealand, that I simply did not have time to write without feeling rushed; therefore, I am writing about Wellington after I am back on United States soil. Nevertheless, Wellington is still very much in my mind. What a lovely city.

We were fortunate that the weather continued to be in our favor. We had arrived in Wellington at night, so we were very happy to wake up to a beautiful sunny day for our tour of the city. Aaron had arranged a tiny little minibus with a driver, to take us on our tour. As Wellington is a very hilly town, we soon saw the wisdom in that choice.

First, we drove up to the top of a hill that can also be accessed by a cable car. From this vantage point, one can walk down through the lovely Botanical Gardens. We did not have time for that leisurely stroll, so our little bus took us down to the glass buildings of the gardens.

Next, our driver took us up another very winding road to an overlook, where we could see the city and the Harbour.

We visited Old St. Paul’s Church. This church was built in the 1860’s, by shipbuilders. It was the Diocese of the Anglican Church for over 100 years. When a new cathedral was built, this church was in danger of being torn down. Thank goodness the Historical Society prevailed, as this church is beautiful.

Looking down the aisle of the church. You can see the ceiling looks like an upside down ship’s hull. There is so much lovely wood in the church…engraved beams, the pews, the altars.

We drove past the Parliament houses. But my favorite place of all was the National Museum, Te Papa. It is situated on the waterfront and is a fabulous collection of Maori culture, memories and exhibits of both World Wars, science exhibits, showing, and letting one feel, earthquakes. Dioramas of how volcanoes erupt, how the mountains are pushed up by sliding tectonic plates. We entered the realm of the deepest seas, and saw a giant squid, who was under glass and dead, I am happy to say.

There was so much to see. Nearby our hotel, the waterfront area was so entertaining. Many shops, restaurants, outdoor art works, places to sit and relax. It is hard to believe this area was a thriving United States Marine Corps base during World War II. When the Marines left, they gave this land back to New Zealand, and this waterfront area was developed. What a great gift.

The day we left, I just had to go back to the museum. It had made such an impression on me, and there were areas I hadn’t seen, some I wanted to see again. One very nice feature of the museum is that is open to everyone, free of charge. There is a donation box so that contributions can be made to keep it free.

All in all, Wellington is a lovely city. There were so many little nooks and crannies…small parks with children playing, people sitting on the grass eating lunch, enjoying the sunshine. I could have spent more time there. However, all good things come to an end, so Wednesday afternoon we had to trek off to the airport, fly to Aukland and from Auckland fly back home to the United States.

This was a marvelous trip. Everyday was a new and exciting adventure. I enjoyed every minute of the trip.

There are still some stories and pictures I would like to share, in future posts. Particularly some of the foods that are considered ?delicacies? So, as I continue to re-live my fabulous New Zealand adventure, I will write more about the country.

Can you believe I have hardly mentioned the fantastic wines from this country? Oh, my. Definitely more posts coming your way.

But I must say, goodby for now,


By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Wellingson Gay Travel Resources

Forget Rainbow Crosswalks. Wellington Has Gay ATMs!

Author: , February 6th, 2015

GAYTMSedate inner-city banking has been transformed with ANZ unveiling four fabulous “GAYTMs” in Auckland and Wellington to celebrate diversity and inclusion for New Zealand’s rainbow community. Dripping with rhinestones, the customised cash machines were accompanied today by ANZ staff dressed as their drag queen alter-egos, a colourful scene that stopped passersby in their tracks.

“I think it’s awesome,” said one woman as she photographed the sparkling spectacle in Wellington’s Willis St today.

The art installations celebrated the bank’s partnership with Auckland’s Pride Festival, which would run throughout this month, and Wellington’s Out In The Park on February 14, and marked its accreditation into the Rainbow Tick programme. The machines welcomed customers with rainbow-friendly messages on their screens and printed “out and proud” on receipts.

By Richard Meadows and Deidre Mussen – Full Story at | Wellington Gay Travel Resources

Out in the Square Comes to Wellington January 18th

Author: , January 5th, 2014

Out in the Square

Out in the Square 2014 will be held on Saturday 18 January, an all-day event in Wellington’s Civic Square featuring stalls, food, entertainment, and fun in the sun.

Out in the Square is an annual queer festival that’s been running for over 25 years. It culiminates with an offical after party, of course.

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Wellington, New Zealand’s Creative Capital

Author: , February 27th, 2013

Wellington, New Zealand may be small by world city standards, but it’s packed with energy and great things to do. Sherman’s Travel reports:

The lively little city brims with world-class museums and galleries; quirky outdoor sculptures; a slate of local theaters, live music venues, and performing arts centers (including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Opera, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, to name a few); regular arts and cultural events; and a vibrant film industry (“Wellywood” is the base for Peter Jackson’s international film empire). But you’ll still get that wow-factor true-to-New Zealand natural setting nestled between a picturesque harbor and rolling windswept hills. Plus, a coffee, culinary, and craft beer culture (perhaps best sampled in the Bohemian quarter near Cuba Street) help fuel this urban jewel’s pulsing creative buzz.

There are museums:

Welly’s blockbuster attraction is the impressive national museum at Te Papa Tongarewa (free admission; some exhibitions carry additional fees), an all-in-one natural history, cultural, and fine arts museum set on the harbor front.

Movie magic:

Wellywood is where New Zealand golden boy Peter Jackson has honed his craft, launching The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, King Kong, and more blockbuster films. Get a taste of the movie magic behind Wellington’s dynamic film industry at the Weta Cave movie museum, featuring props and exhibits; a film showing clips from the Academy Award–winning Weta operation (responsible for the special effects in Peter Jackson’s films along with other hits like Avatar); and an on-site store selling collectibles (free; new behind-the-scenes Window into Workshop tours cost $20).

…and much more.

Authored By Elissa Richard – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Wellington Outgames Begins March 12th

Author: , March 4th, 2011


Wellington Outgames Opening Party + Out in the Square After-Party!

San Francisco Bath House, Saturday 12 March, 10pm

Opening Night of the Wellington Outgames couldn’t get any hotter!

SWEATBOX is a unique South Pacific gay party experience, starring New Zealand’s Supreme drag diva Buckwheat and Trans-Tasman superstar Tess Tickle, plus the reigning Miss Drag Wellington Nikita van der Kamp. Auckland’s favourite gay DJs James Leuii and Steven Oates join top Wellington housecat Souladelic for a night of steamy, sexy, bump and grind!

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New Zealand: Wellington’s Out in the Square Coming March 12th

Author: , March 4th, 2011

Out in the Square, Wellington’s gay and lesbian fair, will paint the city’s Civic Square all the colours of the rainbow on Saturday 12 March.

The fair has been running in Wellington for 26 years, since before being gay was even legal in New Zealand. Its aim then was to raise awareness, which is still one of Out in the Square’s main goals today.

Previous fairs at Newtown have attracted 5,000 visitors, but since the move to Civic Square, numbers have consistently reached over 10,000. This year that is expected to increase even further, with the fair opening for the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames — a week-long gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender sporting and human rights event attracting hundreds of visitors from around the world.

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