Yesterday dawned hot and sunny again! We had a mid afternoon pick up from the airport to do so we packed a picnic lunch and headed to Oriental Bay. As it turned out we joined many thousands of others who were enjoying the weather and the wonderfully accessible waterfront that Wellington Harbour now boasts.
We ate under the benevolent gaze of St Gerard’s Monastery (the lean is mine, not the buildings, although I think there are concerns over its strength in an earthquake now)
We watched people enjoying this stretch of beach along Oriental Bay.
This is an area of very desirable real estate and you can see why from views such as this.
After lunch we joined the throngs and strolled along the waterfront and found these points of interest. A bollard painted pink.
Others along here were yellow. A poem by Katherine Mansfield about how windy it can really be in Wellington and along the harbour’s edge.
This wonderful statue illustrating that at times the wind is sooooo strong that one can lean into it without falling forward. I really like this chap and his flexible back.
And a new feature on the waterfront for people to leap from into deep water below. This chap was very sure of himself and I captured the marvelous splash he made.
On the way back to the car we passed these two buskers who had wisely chosen a spot under a Pohutukawa tree and within the shade of a building. It was a very hot afternoon.
We are very fortunate to have such a pleasant waterfront to enjoy in Wellington.
In addition it is a very busy working port. It is interesting and vibrant, containing new innovations and older personalities.
And we only managed to walk a section of it yesterday. The photo below shows the part we did not get to yesterday.
I will go back again and take some more photos to share with you.