The 'view' picture is from the window of our hotel in Wellington. The food we enjoyed at this hotel was supreme, the room was nice, the beds not quite nice. The city itself would have been charming if it had been our first stop. Coming after South Island, it felt much too busy and rushed.
The pic of Vic is at the airport (flight to Gisborne), where he had to give up his stick! He grabbed the thing while we were glass hunting, and he endorses the use of this type of implement when rising after picking up a piece of glass.