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WC January 2018 - New Zealand's Capital - Wellington

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Capital of the Month      January 2018 - New Zealand's Capital - Wellington

New Zealand's Capital - WellingtonJanuary 1, 2018 - January 31, 2018


Wellington, the capital of New Zealand is often called the "coolest little capital in the world". Let's start with some interesting facts and found out if its true.

✱ Wellington is the southernmost capital in the world.
✱ Wellington replaced Auckland as the capital city of New Zealand in 1865.
✱ Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname "Windy Wellington."
✱ It was ranked #1 in the 2017 Global Quality of Life Survey making it the most "live-able" city in the world...WOW!!
✱ Wellington is packed with over 400 cafes and restaurants which on a per person basis rivals that of New York.

Let's begin our trip - choose a level and enjoy your visit!
Day Tripper: 4 Attractions
Explorer: 5-6 Attractions

Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. Please post cover if it is task appropriate.

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Attractions

1. Zealandia

Zealandia is the world's first non-profit urban eco-sanctuary, with a 500-year vision to restore this valley's forest and freshwater ecosystems to their pre-human state. The immersive exhibition takes you on an extraordinary journey through the last 80 million years and inspires you with their conservation successes. Rare wildlife has been restored to the area thanks to the efforts of the sanctuary. For a more in-depth experience, the Night Tour takes you on a torch-light walk in search of the distinctive sights and sounds of the bush - including the elusive spotted kiwi!

✱ Read a book with a green cover OR
Her Renegade Rancher (Montana Men, #5) by Jennifer Ryan Her Renegade Rancher Jennifer Ryan 1/6/18
✱ Read a book that takes place in a forest OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last initial can be found in ZEALANDIA.

2. Wellington Cable Car & Museum

Hop on the Wellington Cable Car and experience a slice of history on New Zealand’s only running funicular railway. For over a hundred years, passengers have enjoyed the dramatic cityscape and harbor views. There is no better way to experience the hidden charm Wellington has to offer while giving you a nice escape from the busy city streets. Be sure to check out the Cable Car Museum located in the original winding house. It brings to life the story of Wellington's iconic cable cars.

✱ Read a book that takes place in a captial city (tell us where) OR
(Denver) Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Matthew J. Sullivan 1/1/18
✱ Read a book where the main character gets on a cable car, a train or a bus OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last initial can be found in CABLE CAR.

3. Old St Paul's

Breathtakingly beautiful - the iconic Old St Paul's is one of the best examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture in the world. Constructed in 1866 entirely from native timbers, the glowing interior is enhanced by stunning stained glass. Join a guided tour and hear the wonderful and sometimes quirky stories of the church, its site and its people on their journey from colony to independent nation. Visit the gift shops which feature exquisite New Zealand keepsakes and locally made goods. This is a place of living history and a definite 'must-see' experience.

✱ Read a book with a wooden building on the cover OR
✱ Read a book with a character named Paul OR Tall, Tatted and Tempting Tammy Falkner 1/13/18
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last initial can be found in OLD ST PAULS.

4. Lord of the Rings Locations Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at nine ‘The Lord of the Rings’ locations and learn about the filming of the movies. On a tour of the countryside, see re-created scenes of Middle-earth including a forest walk through Tolkien’s Rivendell. Then step into Weta Studios your gateway to immersive digital special effect filmmaking experiences and the famous Weta Cave! It all concludes with a Lord of the Rings themed lunch.

✱ Read a book with a ring or ring-like object on the cover OR
✱ Read a book tagged FANTASY on its GR Homepage OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last initial can be found in LORD OF THE RINGS.
A Stranger in the House Shari Lapena 1/17/18

5. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum and a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences. Te Papa lets you experience the nation's art, culture and science - all in one breathtaking waterfront location. Better still, general admission is free! The museum's current star attraction is 'Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War', charting the country's involvement in WWI's Gallipoli campaign through the experiences of eight ordinary New Zealanders. The hyper-real models produced by Weta Workshop are absolutely mind blowing!

✱ Read a book that takes place in New Zealand OR
Read a book tagged NON-FICTION on its GR homepage OR
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons Kevin Hart 1/28/18
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last initial can be found in TE PAPA TONGAREWA.

6. Waterfront Sculpture Trail

Aside from the parks, museums, cafes and shops, the walk around the waterfront is peppered with unexpected and inspiring finds. The City Council tries its hardest to live up to the city’s identity as ‘Capital of Cool’ by investing in public art. You'll find 13 pieces along the waterfront, by New Zealand artists, making the waterfront one of the best places in the country to view a collection of kiwi-inspired art. So keep your eye out for a few of these iconic sculptures. Definitely cool!!

✱ Read a book with a sculpture or statue on the cover OR
✱ Read a series book #13 or book #13 on your TBR OR
✱ Read a book whose author’s first and last name can be found in SCULPTURE TRAIL.    
Cherish Me, Cowboy Alissa Callen 1/13/18        

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