I was dead-set on having a lunch at Scorch O Rama on Scorching Bay near Wellington before I left. Back in the late 1990s, Scorch O Rama was known as the Chocolate Fish cafe and it's where Peter Jackson proposed to his team to start filming The Lord of the Rings.
I took a bus up to Nevay Road and walked down the hill to Scorch O Rama. The food and ice cream there were delicious, young locals were hanging out on the beach eating, and the restaurant dining area was literally split by the road.
Since it was a lovely day and I had no other way of getting back to downtown Wellington via "the scenic route," I walked 7km from Scorch O Rama to Cobham Drive (just in front of the airport) to catch the last bus of the day in that area. I was the only person on the bus for the whole trip, so the driver and I had a good conversation about Wellington and New Zealand.
The walk, the frantic run to the bus stop, the vibe of Scorching Bay, and the 40-minute chat with the bus driver made my last day in Wellington even more wonderful than it already was. And I can highly recommend the food at Scorch O Rama - it's definitely worth the walk!