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    Old St. Paul’s – How fabulous People Saved it

    by Kakapo2 Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    When the Anglican Church gave up the now Old St. Paul’s Cathedral as its parish church and inaugurated the new – now St. Paul’s – cathedral, they did not treat the beautiful building that had served them for nearly 100 years in a very honourable way.

    The diocese tried to demolish the church, but strong protests by a small group captured big support. So in 1967, three years after the ecclesiatical function had been transferred to the new cathedral, the Government purchased Old St. Paul’s and vested it in the NZ Historic Places Trust. It is supported by the Friends of Old St. Paul’s Society – a great bunch of people, as we could see.

    Directions:
    2 minutes walk from Parliament Buildings. From Molesworth St turn into Aitken Street, then left into Mulgrave Street, church on the right after about 100 metres.

    By bus: City Circular stops in front of the church, or: 3 min walk from the Railway Station, 5 min from Lambton Quay.

    Address: 34 Mulgrave Street

    Inside the beautiful church.
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    Old St. Paul’s: As romantic as a Church can Be

    by Kakapo2 Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    This beautiful white timber church is the former Cathedral Church of St. Paul, located in Mulgrave Street, and named Old St. Paul’s to distinguish it from the new Anglican cathedral in Molesworth Street.

    Although it is no longer a parish church, it is still a consecrated building. It is non-denominational and used extensively for weddings and other services, as well as concerts and cultural events.

    Already if you only look at it from the outside you know why so many people want to marry there. It is synonym of romantic. Small, old, framed by huge old trees, a cosy courtyard. Well, and inside… The romantic feeling goes on. Stained glass windows, dark wooden seats, a beautiful pulpit carved of English oak, a brass lectern (that holds the bible) in the shape of an eagle with outstretched wings, wooden pillars, colourful flags, etc.

    If you really want to have a look inside best is to visit during the week. It took me two days until I could finally have a look around, as every time I went there a wedding was just going to happen, or was just going on. When I was successful a wedding was just over – and I could watch the bellringers in action. Wonderful!

    The original bells – as well as the original organ – were relocated to the new cathedral.

    Old St. Paul’s is a brilliant example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture. It was designed by the Reverend Frederick Thatcher, then vicar of this first Anglican cathedral of Wellington.
    It was constructed in 1865/66 entirely from native timbers (kauri, matai, rimu, totara), and consecrated on 6 June 1866. For 98 years it was the parish church of the suburb of Thorndon and the cathedral church of Wellington.

    Read the end of the history here

    You can hire the church for your wedding!

    Open daily 10am – 5pm (except Good Friday and Christmas Day), and also closed during private functions.

    Guided tours possible, admission free, donations welcome.

    Directions:
    2 minutes walk from Parliament Buildings. From Molesworth St turn into Aitken Street, then left into Mulgrave Street, church on the right after about 100 metres.

    By bus: City Circular stops in front of the church, or: 3 min walk from the Railway Station, 5 min from Lambton Quay.

    Address: 34 Mulgrave Street

    Photo 2 is a detail of the pulpit.

    A white timber dream church. The carved pulpit. Organ in the background.
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    Palliser Beach - Southernmost point on North Isl.

    by hethbill Updated Nov 24, 2007

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    Palliser Beach is definitely not one of the more well visited places on North Island- inhabited by more sea lions than people with a lighthouse up on a bluff. The whole area makes for some great photographs and a quiet relaxing afternoon.

    If you look on a map east of Wellington, you'll see there's only one road that goes out there, and it dead-ends at Palliser so it's easy to find.

    Palliser Beach Palliser Lighthouse Sea Lions everywhere!
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    Enjoy the artwork

    by eMeReS Updated Aug 24, 2007

    One of the things that I noticed while in Wellington was that there was a lot of artwork around. Although not all were to my taste it was wonderful to see so many expressions of creativity in the streets.

    On the website of the Wellington Sculpture Trust you'll find information on a number of the larger sculptures, including their location, so you can actively seek them out. Or you can just enjoy the ones you happen to come across while roaming the city.

    Anton Parsons My favourite, so lifelike Making the best of the weather Anton Parsons A mural that caught my eye
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    Makara

    by salisbury3933 Written Mar 10, 2006

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    It's a pleasant drive from Wellington out through the suburb of Karori to Wellington's wild west coast at Makara.

    The coastline is beautiful but rugged, there are some good walks around the coastline with gun emplacements and an old Maori pa (fortress) site.

    There's also a nice cafe at Makara beach as well.

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    NZ Fur Seals @ Red Rocks

    by wkcsmt Written Feb 22, 2005

    Visit Owhiro Bay, the wild south coastline of Wellington... Red Rocks and its surrounding reserve are of national significance with fascinating geology & Maori history. The reserve is within Te Kopahau Reserve. Red Rocks was formed 200 million years ago during submarine volcanic eruptions. Further around from Red Rocks is a 'haul out' area for NZ fur seals @ Sinclair Head. Hundreds of seals are visible during winter (May - September) sunbathing among the rocks. Check out the Department of Conservation's webpage below for more information.

    You can also walk the 8km track or take your own car to travel part of the journey (still require walking to get to Red Rocks). Allow 2-3 hours for the trip and bring some snacks & drink with you. Dress warmly and wear good shoes to walk on the rugged terrain.

    There are also private tours that takes you all the way to Sinclair Head. The Seal Coast Safari costs NZD$59 per adult. For more information, check out www.sealcoast.com.

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    Wrap Up Warm!!

    by wkcsmt Updated Feb 22, 2005

    It is located on top of Brooklyn Hill, off Ashton Fitchett Drive.

    Access:
    WALK (warning - must be fit!!), BIKE or CAR.

    It'll be a very rewarding WALK - spectacular breathtaking views of the Wellington region, Cook Strait and in the distance, the South Island... if you're lucky (better on a good day!)

    REMEMBER TO WRAP UP WARM... CAN BE EXTREMELY COLD & WINDY!!!

    Some facts about the wind turbine:
    Nominal annual generation: 1 GWh
    Installed capacity: 0.23 MW
    Blade length: 13.5 metres
    Height: 31.5 metres
    Weight: 22.8 tonnes

    The maximum output of 225 kilowatts is enough electricity for the equivalent of 60-80 homes.

    I've got more panoramic views from Brooklyn Hill in Travelogue section.

    Wellington Wind Turbine
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    Hunter Building @ VUW

    by wkcsmt Updated Jan 13, 2005

    The Hunter Building celebrates its 100th birthday in 2004! The historic Hunter Building is the original University building, built just after the University began in the late 19th century. In 1992-3 it was fully restored and now houses: Student Recruitment & Course Advice, Student Fees Office, Scholarships Office, Disability Support Services, and Victoria’s central administration and upper management staff.

    In Autumn, the leaves covering the lower part of the walls will turn orangey red creating yet another face for the building. I'll see if I can find some photos of this to add onto this page...

    Hunter Building
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    King Kong film set

    by RogerW1nz Written Nov 3, 2004

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    Peter Jackson, director of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, started filming his new movie "King Kong" in July 2004. Part of the set of this new movie was built on land near Wellington Airport, just around the corner from Lyall Bay.

    King Kong set

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    Seatoun

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 24, 2004

    While we were in Seatoun searching uselessly for the Lord of the Rings Cafe, we were almost right on the beach when we happened upon this very interesting wooden carved sculpture of a man playing guitar, in somebody's garden.
    My husband, being a guitarist, was quite interested in it.

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    Drive to Seatoun

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 24, 2004

    We read in the Lord of the Rings location guide book in a shop that Seatoun, a little suburb of Wellington just around the harbour, was a place where many of the actors and actresses hung out at a cafe called the Chocolate Fish during filming, and decided to take a drive to see if we could find it....
    well, we found the town (what there was of it - only one or 2 shops and some houses) but we didn't find any cafe, though we backtracked a few times. Eventually we just found the beach, took a look, and drove back along the harbour again.
    It was a nice drive, and on the way back we passed many interesting architectural examples of all different styles, of houses all set right back against the hillside, many with unbelievably steep driveways, and perched seemingly quite precariously.
    This house particularly took my fancy. If you blow it up, you will see that on the front are stencils of birds and fish.

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    Festival Time

    by tomatohead Updated Apr 5, 2004

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    It's worth trying to visit Wellington in late February/March because that's when the Cuba Street Carnival and the Fringe Festival take place. Visitors in even numbered years will also be able to catch the New Zealand Festival.

    The Cuba Street Carnival showcases a wealth of buskers, musicians, djs, food stalls, craft stalls, community action booths, all celebrating the diversity that is Cuba Street. The shows are free and the food is cheap. Plus, you might get the chance to see one of Wellington's fine fine bands.

    The Fringe Festival allows artists to use the city as a backdrop for their visual art, drama, comedy, and music. Some shows really work and become bigger productions because of their positive exposure at the Fringe Fest.

    The New Zealand Festival brings together world class, international and national acts in gorgeous venues like the Kiwi-built tent on the waterfront (an homage to 100 year old tents like Belgium's Dans Paleis or Germany's Spiegletent) , the Opera House, St. James Theatre, etc. If you missed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe or the Edinbugh Festival, don't despair, they might be in Welli for the NZ Festival! The Fest always ends with world famous writers, who use the venues for lectures, readings, etc. There are moderately priced tickets for events and there are heaps of free and subsidized lectures.

    http://www.cubacarnival.org.nz/

    http://www.fringe.org.nz/

    http://www.nzfestival.telecom.co.nz/home/page.aspx

    Savoring the Cuba Street Carnival
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    The Tararua Forest Park

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 25, 2003

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    The Tararua Forest Park is about 50kms north of Wellington and covers 155,000 hectares. The area is rugged with steep hills which are covered largely in native beech forest. On a fine clear day you can also get great views of the Tararua ranges and also as far north-west to see Mt Taranaki. The Wairarapa Valley is to the east and Wellington harbour to the south.

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    Masterton

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 25, 2003

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    Masterton is a rural town of about 20,000 in the hub of the prosperous Wairarapa Valley. The coast can get pretty wild and is known for its fishing, surfing and seals that are found there. Masterton lies on the rail line that passes through the Rimutaka Range tunnel to Wellington.

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    The Wairarapa

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 25, 2003

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    The Wairarapa region is a rich farming district to the east of the rugged Tararua Ranges. Around 1 ½ hours drive north from Wellington, it is the home of the Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre near Masterton and the Martinborough wine region. Wairarapa is bordered by the rugged Tararua Mountains to the west and the wild Pacific Ocean to the east.

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