City is dead during the weeknights
Great place to live, great place to visit!
this marvellous building shows the (natural, cultural) history of New Zealand. We started at the top, the 6th floor and worked our way down. It is bit oversized, but will gradually fill up. The only drawback is the lunch: so we decided to go outside and returned for the second part later. Also has a very good museum store.more
Novotel is conveniently located downtown with direct lift access to Lambton Quay, a shopping area....more
This restaurant has a perfect location - situated at the waterfront of Oriental Bay, only a short distance to Wellingtons city center, it has a splendid view of the bay and the harbour district. The restaurant is very popular among both locals and tourists. So it is highly recommended to reserve a table in advance. Service and quality were...more
Of course, this artestian water well and the artwork next to it are striking features you cannot miss at the corner of Jackson and Buick Streets. But I was surprised at the permanent flow of people arriving and filling up bottles and containers with this water. It nearly was as if nobody in Petone had tap water supply in their houses LOL A great...more
This building in Jackson Street (number 274a) really is a success story. I had spotted it from the bus and immediately hopped off at the next stop. (You see, I was well prepared ;-)Until that stop BTW I had also spotted the interesting artesian water well ;-)The Police Station was used as such from 1908 to 1952. Within the Jackson Street Community...more
/Visitor InformationThere is no official Visitor Information Centre (i-site) in Petone, as Petone is part of Hutt City. But you might stumble over some information brochures and maps (not a lot!) in the Settlers Museum, or grab them in Wellington. The i-site is in Lower Hutt.Address and Contact Details:“The Pavillion”25 Laings RoadLower HuttPhone...more
Otaki Forks is the primary western entrance to the tararua Forest national Park.There is a wide range of activities here including campibg sites, picnic sites, short and longer walks (1/2 hr to 3 1/2 hr's), swimming holes, and wnetrance to the forest park proper for longer tramps. Access to the many huts in the forest park can be made from here as...more
Rangiâtea Church in Otaki, New Zealand was the oldest Mâori Anglican church in New Zealand. This church is well worth a visit. there are many historical facts here that make it interesting. IE :- Queen Victoria donated an alter frontal, Inia TeWiata also donated and designed one. He is actually burried in the church yardIn 1848, Te Rauparaha who...more
It was a very moving thing for me to find the graves of my great grandparents. They died in the 30s, I never met them. And there was a plaque for a man called Dick ( a brother, maybe?) who died in the Great War in 1918. And his wife Daisy, who died two months later. Maybe in the flu pandemic?And then I found the graves of great aunts Vi and May -...more
-When you walk from Island Bay to Owhiro Bay you more or less stumble over the white-painted lighthouse on the land-side of the road (The Esplanade) along the bay.The lighthouse is used as a Bed & Breakfast, with kitchen and bathroom on the first floor, the bedroom on the middle floor, and the sitting room on the top floor. Rates are NZ$ 180 during...more
-When you walk through the township of Island Bay and along the shore, you do not get aware of its roots and history. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Wellington region. In the early days it was just a weekend resort – whatever that was in the 1800’s. In the early 1900’s an Italian fishing community developed there, and since then it has...more
Such a house and wall would surely be a shocker or even considered an eyesore in other areas of the city. But I thought it is well suited to its location at the near the Happy Valley Road intersection, not only because the painting on the garage wall features Neptune and a mermaid, as well as a seagull, and advertises Fresh Fish Daily. Let’s say,...more
Staglands Wildlife Park is located about 17km out of town on the Akatarawa road that links Upper Hutt with Waikanae.It is one of the best wildlife parks in NZ in my view. Lovely setting, and there is a strong conservation element to it as well.It's a great place to have a picnic, relax, look at and feed the animals and birds. Many of the birds are...more
This is a very popular little place on Main Street, busy with both people dining in and takeaways.It does some good pizza, excellent steaks, and you can wash down your meal with some local craft beer. Portion sizes are generous, and the owner does his best to make you feel at home.Recommended.It does get pretty busy, so reservations are...more
Located in the Paekakariki Railway Station complex is Steam Inc, which organises frequent steam train excursions to various points in the lower North Island. They do also have the odd open day as well, which we took the time to visit today.I'm really keen on doing one or two of these excursions when the time comes.more
During the Second World War Paekakariki served as a major base for US Marines fighting in the Pacific Campaign. There were three main camps, all situated in or adjacent to present-day Queen Elizabeth Park. At the height of the occupation there were over 20,000 Americans stationed in the region, significantly outnumbering locals. The camps were used...more
This is a short tramride from the carpark to the beach, and is done on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays by a volunteer group.The trams used are ones that were in service in Wellington up to the 1960s. Wellington no longer has any tram services, but the trams live on in the current location.$10 adult for unlimited rides during the day.more
This car museum is extensive containing over 250 cars (SOME OF THEM FAMOUS) and 3 aircraft.The museum was created by Sir Len Southward and his wife.There is also a fully working theatre organ installed here that is played at times during opening hours.more
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Lindale is a fun place to visit, with various shops, and farm animals etc.Whenever we are in the area, we always stop, as Kapiti icecream has a shop there with absolutely fantastic icecream.There are also shops with wooden products, honey products and NZ souvenirs.more
But Kilbirnie is a nice enough little place with nearly everything one could desire in the way of shops and services. A lot of it is on the flat, which is a big plus in Wellington, and it is a junction for buses. The Lyall Bay, Miramar, Seatoun and Strathmore Park buses all converge here.
I find it a pity that nearly all the old style buildings (and businesses) have gone or are about to go, imminanently, and what has been erected in its place is mostly hideous.
The Kinema Cimema - a place I often visit in my dreams - has vanished and now there is a pokey mall.
George & Georges - a department store which had that most exotic arrangment of paying where the shop assistants put the money in a brass cylinder and put it in a chute and it went winging across the ceiling on a wire network to the office upstairs - is now a funeral home. It is right across the road from the Rita Angus Retirement Home - which is handy. If not exactly encouraging for the old folks.
I could go on and on.
This whole peninsula starting from Evans Bay was not so long ago a dry area. So I was surprised on this visit to find a bar in what had been a butcher's shop.
"That's new, that's different,' I said to myself.
In the days of the six o'clock swill us kids would have to look lively crossing the road about 7pm as the fathers drove home for dinner from the pubs.
Ah - the good old days. Or were they?
Fondest memory: The picture from left to right - Strathmore, Rongotai and Rongotai Airport, Kilbirnie.
It lies between Lyall Bay and Evans Bay.
Came out here to have a swim. The waves are not too bad, you can surf here if you want, and the beach is not at all crowded.
Just turn left off state highway 1 at the Peka Peka intersection and drive for 2-3km.
We have various activities in the Hutt Valley, covering all interests, plus those who may be fans of the Lord Of the Rings series that was mostly filmed around the Wellington area. Fans can either drive themselves or do tours to respective sites of interest. Our museum in Wellington has a shop for those who want items relating to the movies & the...more
The Hutt Valley is easily accessible by train or bus from Wellington & other sub cities. We have a very good network for both & can get around perfectly on either form of transport. If your wanting to travel further, then a hire care would be needed.more