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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 17:56 on 1st Feb 2013

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2156
Location: Preston UK
kev Wrote:
pooch Wrote:
fernando Wrote:
Be glad to know about the rip offs,i get a bit careless after numerous beers.


Start with "everything" and work your way down.


Really helpful that mate, thanks.


Ah but Kev lad, you will, you know you will ;)
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pooch
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 03:37 on 3rd Feb 2013

Joined: 13:48 on 25th Jan 2013
Posts: 10
kev Wrote:
pooch Wrote:
fernando Wrote:
Be glad to know about the rip offs,i get a bit careless after numerous beers.


Start with "everything" and work your way down.


Really helpful that mate, thanks.


Ahhh, sorry mate. Couldn't resist. It's a running joke around here - if you're going to buy something, buy it from China.

Seriously, be prepared for everything to be really expensive right now with the pound the way it is. The city itself isn't that bad. Courtenay is a rip off, and gets quite nasty at night of a weekend; Cuba is expensive but slightly more civilised, so are the places on Featherston Street. One place I'd stay right away from is Enigma, a cafe/bar place on Courtenay. Used to be good, but now the food is expensive and shit and the staff are crap.

If you're driving down and you've rented a vehicle, watch out for the drop off fees if you're early. If you have to park, avoid Care Park and Wilson - they racked up their prices for the RWC and they've never gone down. Tournament is the best bet. Also, if you're driving then petrol prices are going to spike by up to 15c a litre compared to the Wairarapa or the Kapiti Coast, so if you get the chance fill up before you get to Wellington.

Flying in and out, everything at the airport is a rip: the taxis charge $6 on top of your fare for an airport pickup, even though they sit there all day. The Airport Flyer costs $9 to get to the city, but the fare to Lyall Bay - where the airport is - is $4.50. There are no normal buses running to the airport, only the flyer, probably because the same company that owns the airport operates all the buses in the city. To get to a regular bus is a minimum 20 minute walk, so it's not an option. Shuttle is between $20 and $10 per person. You can't get away from getting ripped on the travel from the airport unless you get picked up.

CBD - it's tiny. You can walk end-to-end in 15 minutes. Walk to and from the Basin/Westpac Stadium, don't get the bus. Cash fares are more expensive than Snapper (like an Oyster Card) fares, some cases by 50%, but you'd have to buy a Snapper card which throws away all the benefit unless you're here for a while.

Anything specific?
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fernando
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 11:23 on 3rd Feb 2013

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1875
Best bars and best eating places,Pooch?
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 11:52 on 3rd Feb 2013

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2156
Location: Preston UK
pooch Wrote:
kev Wrote:
pooch Wrote:
fernando Wrote:
Be glad to know about the rip offs,i get a bit careless after numerous beers.


Start with "everything" and work your way down.


Really helpful that mate, thanks.


Ahhh, sorry mate. Couldn't resist. It's a running joke around here - if you're going to buy something, buy it from China.

Seriously, be prepared for everything to be really expensive right now with the pound the way it is. The city itself isn't that bad. Courtenay is a rip off, and gets quite nasty at night of a weekend; Cuba is expensive but slightly more civilised, so are the places on Featherston Street. One place I'd stay right away from is Enigma, a cafe/bar place on Courtenay. Used to be good, but now the food is expensive and shit and the staff are crap.

If you're driving down and you've rented a vehicle, watch out for the drop off fees if you're early. If you have to park, avoid Care Park and Wilson - they racked up their prices for the RWC and they've never gone down. Tournament is the best bet. Also, if you're driving then petrol prices are going to spike by up to 15c a litre compared to the Wairarapa or the Kapiti Coast, so if you get the chance fill up before you get to Wellington.

Flying in and out, everything at the airport is a rip: the taxis charge $6 on top of your fare for an airport pickup, even though they sit there all day. The Airport Flyer costs $9 to get to the city, but the fare to Lyall Bay - where the airport is - is $4.50. There are no normal buses running to the airport, only the flyer, probably because the same company that owns the airport operates all the buses in the city. To get to a regular bus is a minimum 20 minute walk, so it's not an option. Shuttle is between $20 and $10 per person. You can't get away from getting ripped on the travel from the airport unless you get picked up.

CBD - it's tiny. You can walk end-to-end in 15 minutes. Walk to and from the Basin/Westpac Stadium, don't get the bus. Cash fares are more expensive than Snapper (like an Oyster Card) fares, some cases by 50%, but you'd have to buy a Snapper card which throws away all the benefit unless you're here for a while.

Anything specific?


Bloody hell, you make it sound so attractive.
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peterw
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 15:20 on 4th Feb 2013

Joined: 23:05 on 21st Jan 2011
Posts: 99
blueandy1mac Wrote:
pooch Wrote:
kev Wrote:
pooch Wrote:
fernando Wrote:
Be glad to know about the rip offs,i get a bit careless after numerous beers.


Start with "everything" and work your way down.


Really helpful that mate, thanks.


Ahhh, sorry mate. Couldn't resist. It's a running joke around here - if you're going to buy something, buy it from China.

Seriously, be prepared for everything to be really expensive right now with the pound the way it is. The city itself isn't that bad. Courtenay is a rip off, and gets quite nasty at night of a weekend; Cuba is expensive but slightly more civilised, so are the places on Featherston Street. One place I'd stay right away from is Enigma, a cafe/bar place on Courtenay. Used to be good, but now the food is expensive and shit and the staff are crap.

If you're driving down and you've rented a vehicle, watch out for the drop off fees if you're early. If you have to park, avoid Care Park and Wilson - they racked up their prices for the RWC and they've never gone down. Tournament is the best bet. Also, if you're driving then petrol prices are going to spike by up to 15c a litre compared to the Wairarapa or the Kapiti Coast, so if you get the chance fill up before you get to Wellington.

Flying in and out, everything at the airport is a rip: the taxis charge $6 on top of your fare for an airport pickup, even though they sit there all day. The Airport Flyer costs $9 to get to the city, but the fare to Lyall Bay - where the airport is - is $4.50. There are no normal buses running to the airport, only the flyer, probably because the same company that owns the airport operates all the buses in the city. To get to a regular bus is a minimum 20 minute walk, so it's not an option. Shuttle is between $20 and $10 per person. You can't get away from getting ripped on the travel from the airport unless you get picked up.

CBD - it's tiny. You can walk end-to-end in 15 minutes. Walk to and from the Basin/Westpac Stadium, don't get the bus. Cash fares are more expensive than Snapper (like an Oyster Card) fares, some cases by 50%, but you'd have to buy a Snapper card which throws away all the benefit unless you're here for a while.

Anything specific?


Bloody hell, you make it sound so attractive.



Looking at the websites associated with the BA HQ's, the cost of a pint look very similar to those paid in London.... all very well for us soft southerners but quite what those hard nose norhterners will make of £4 a pint is any ones guess ;)
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 19:05 on 4th Feb 2013

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
I can tell you we are less than impressed Pete.
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 23:36 on 4th Feb 2013

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
Posts: 96
try living here, earning fap all!!
There are plenty of places to get good cheap food and Im sure that the bars will be doing a special deal on at least one type of beer.
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pooch
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 00:51 on 5th Feb 2013

Joined: 13:48 on 25th Jan 2013
Posts: 10
fernando Wrote:
Best bars and best eating places,Pooch?


Best bars are the big friendly places away from the young studenty crowd.

Four Kings is really nice, but there's also Molly Malone's, the Irish bar across the road. On Cuba Street itself, just up the road from there, there's loads of places, but we tend to default to the pubs: The Bristol Inn and JJ Murphy's (another Irish bar). They also do good pub food. Shockingly, the Guinness and Murphys here isn't that bad. Further up, by the crossroads at Abel Smith Street and Cuba, the Southern Cross. Good Kiwi beers on tap.

There's also the Bruhaus, on Willeston Street - you'll be able to get British beers on tap here as well. Opposite the Bruhaus, the Green Man. It's alright. It's more a haunt than anything special, although I recall they sold horse jism shots for the Food on a Plate festival. And there's another Bruhaus on the corner of Dixon and Victoria Street.

If you go further into the CBD, then on Featherston Street you've got The Featherston (good pub food and bar snacks too), Leuven (Belgian white beers, mussels and fries) and D4 (which always shows a good amount of sport - they opened up early for the Euros).

On Lambton Quay toward Parliament there's The Royal (food's shit though) and by Parliament there's the Backbencher (but it was gutted by a fire in the Winter, although it might be open by now). And right by the entrance to the Westpac there's the Thistle Inn.

Food, depends what you're into and what you want to spend. General food, snacks and lunches, there are tons of sushi places. You might not be into sushi though, so there's a food court on Willis Street in the BNZ centre, and there's a chain of places called Wholly Bagels that do cheap filled bagels ($7 or so) and slices of pizza. Also, Mr Bun is okay. One on Cuba and one opposite the Four Kings on Manners. Heaven Pizza, further up Cuba, is really good, but on the expensive side for bits of flat baked bread.

Enigma on Courtenay is really cheap, but it's also really shit. Basically stuff warmed up in the microwave, and the clientele all really piss me off too. Maybe that's my problem. Probably is. There's a Nandos just a couple of doors down that's a better bet. And there's a food court in the Reading Cinema complex.

Black Pearl Oriental is really good, further down Courtney Place. Prices are reasonable, and you get loads of food for the money. For curry, there's a nice place called Dawaat on Manners Mall, and a good but less okay place, Great India, opposite Four Kings. Monsoon Poon and Little India, on Blair Street off Courtenay Place, are good, but on the expensive side. Monsoon Poon is more expensive than Little India. Courtenay place is stuffed with kebab houses and the rest of it.

There's a place called Fisherman's Table on Oriental Bay. It's a terrible place filled with terrible people.

In general though, I've eaten most places and I'm yet to die. There's no shortage of nice cheap places around Cuba and Courtenay area. As the night wears on, there's less activity around Lambton Quay and Willis Street, so all the pissed up food is around Cuba and Courtenay.

And you will NEVER fail to find coffee.

Oh, a lot of places are BYO as well, so you can just rock up with a bottle of wine and pay a couple of bucks corkage.

Bikini Wrote:
try living here, earning fap all!!
There are plenty of places to get good cheap food and Im sure that the bars will be doing a special deal on at least one type of beer.


Yeah, and Kiwi beers are outstanding. The New World supermarkets at Chaffers Street and Thorndon sell British food and beers, but at a premium.

Kiwi beers like Monteiths, Macs (brewed in Wellington) are great. I personally cannot do without Monteiths. Occasionally I head up to New World and buy a bottle of XB or Directors, but generally they do great alcohol right here. Wine is good too - you can get a really good bottle of wine for about $10.

blueandy1mac Wrote:
Bloody hell, you make it sound so attractive.


Ah, it's not so bad if the weather's alright. Nice views. My skin crawls when I get close to polticians though. That's why we're building a place in the Wairarapa.
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fernando
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 13:22 on 5th Feb 2013

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1875
Is there a pub,eating place or street in Wellington that you haven't mentioned? :D :D

No,seriously pal,thats excellent,Ta.
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pooch
Post subject: Re: Headquarters in wellington
PostPosted: 06:00 on 7th Feb 2013

Joined: 13:48 on 25th Jan 2013
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fernando Wrote:
Is there a pub,eating place or street in Wellington that you haven't mentioned? :D :D

No,seriously pal,thats excellent,Ta.


Makes up for not knowing anything about anywhere else in NZ. :D


Who's here for the T20? Be good to meet up - dragging the missus along - she's Kiwi but she's alright, I suppose. Good sport. Has to be, they lose at most things.

Turns out I'm not working on the test days either!
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