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Palmerston North to Wellington Airport, New Zealand

By on September 13, 2007 in New Zealand

Well, my ski trip in New Zealand is coming to an end, and so it’s time to start heading back to the UK.

The first part of the trip was to get from Palmerston North to Wellington to catch a flight to Auckland, and then on to New York, USA.

I caught the train at 6:20 am, from Palmerston North and arrived in Wellington at 8:20 am (on time).  If I had missed the train, I would have been stuffed, as there is only one train per day.

(By the way, Palmerston North called Palmerston North because there is a Palmerston on the south island (this explains why I couldn’t find a Palmerston South, East or West nearby on the map), and the north refers to the north island. Locals called Palmerston North Palmy – does this mean that Wellington is known as Welly?)

It was an interesting run on the train through the NZ countryside, which looks very much like the UK (Yorkshire?), with a lot of farmland and hills.

The taxi from the train station to the airport, which took 10 minutes, cost $35 NZ.

Wellington airport is quite small and be warned, there is nothing available after the domestic gate (domestic gate as I am flying to Auckland).

The plane flight path took us between the Mount Ruapehu ski area and the other volcano to the west.  I could see both peaking above the clouds.

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