Cally and I stayed with her family in Paraparaumu, which is about an hour drive from Wellington. We spent time visiting with her family. Then we took our first trip to Wellington where we visited the Mt. Victoria Botanical Gardens. To get to the gardens we rode the Wellington Cable Cars, which have been operating for over 110 years. The top offered us excellent views of Wellington. We then walked down the mountain through the Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens cover 62 acres of different themed gardens. There are multiple trails leading down the mountain. It was a pleasant day out, even with the light rain shower. We didn’t get to see everything due to our timed-parking situation, but we enjoyed the time we had strolling through the gardens.