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Farewell Wellington

On Sunday the group took the historical cable car to the top of the city overlooking Oriental Bay. The ride up was short but beautiful and saved us a very steep walk! 

We then made our way to Zealandia, a forest preserve designed to replicate natural New Zealand. We didn't see many animals but the hike through the bush was worth the adventure. The much anticipated Kiwi remained elusive, apparently the bird is nocturnal. No sleeping Kiwis were seen.

Following Zealandia we visited the Wellington Botanical Gardens where we saw some beautiful flowers and fauna while a couple of our group members played on the playground for an hour. 

To top off the day we took a blustery walk to Wespac Stadium to watch the Wellington Pheonix take on the Central Coast Mariners. Both teams fought valiantly but the match ended in a draw. We learned that no matter what continent you're on, the referees are always at fault!

Today we met with representatives from several New Zealand sports organizations. The New Zealand Rugby House was the crowd favorite as the All Blacks rugby team's history left us in awe. The All Blacks have had success that is unparalled in any other country in the world.

The New Zealand Netball Centre gave us a chance to try our hand at New Zealand's most popular women's sport. The lack of a backboard as accustomed to American basketball proved to be too much to handle.

Tomorrow we take the long ferry ride over to the South Island town of Picton. Many Titanic pictures will be taken on the voyage.

Group selfie in a cave!
Beautiful forest preserve just outside of Wellington.
Learning the rules of netball!