Stepping off the Interislander, we had now arrived in the North Island of New Zealand. Welcome to Wellington, Capital of New Zealand.
With the temperature dropping as rain clouds gathered, we had a quick drive through the city to the Le Accor hotel, Mecure Wellington Abel Tasman. Here we had a suite booked for a very reasonable advance rate. Roomy with a nice sitting area, and access to two bathrooms, it certainly was a very good deal.Unfortunately the restaurant and bar were closed on Sunday nights, however a short stroll brought us to a food court, very close to the hotel. The area is filled with a myriad of colourful food choices.
Not far below the food court, we came across Burger Liquor. This was to be tonight’s choice as Hubby loved the menu.
The Double Smokey Burger pictured above was Hubbys final choice. Every morsel was savoured. Not a burger fan, I was going to settle for fries until the friendly young wait staff pointed out there were ‘In the Buff’ burgers on the menu. Here the bun is replaced with Lettuce Leaves , encasing all the normal burger ingredients. Let’s try it!Great idea, loved this Baja Fish in the Buff Burger. My main reason for not enjoying burgers is just too much bread in the buns, however this meal was filling, tasting and did not feel like you had overloaded on bread. Curlies and the House Poutine were a fitting accompaniment for our burgers. Most delicious, although the three of us at our table were unable to finish. Really enjoyed this venue, quite different from the mainstream, with a funky city feel, obviously popular, quick friendly service and great food quality. Even the condiments were eye catchingly different!
Our comfortable sleep was followed with an included breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Here the full buffet included hot & cold dishes, with juices, tea & coffee. All the food was fresh and enjoyable.
Even though this was a very brief overnight stopover with cold winter rain, we enjoyed our quick look at Wellington. There was no time to visit any of the landmark attractions, however, we did enjoy getting taste of what this city could offer. Check it out sometime!