One afternoon last week I took a walk along Wellington’s waterfront. It was a glorious day and it seemed like most of Wellington was out to enjoy it.
When I say I walked along the waterfront, in actual fact, I only walked a short stretch from the Lagoon at the southern end of Frank Kitts Park to Max Patte’s striking sculpture “Solace” near Te Papa.
I walked past some of the Catherine Griffiths sculptures that make up the Wellington Writers Walk, spent time at the sculpture of Kupe, watched children jumping off the wharf by the lagoon entrance and had the chance to observe Wellingtonians doing what Wellingtonians do on a sunny day.
The development of the waterfront area has transformed what was a working wharf 30 years ago into a real asset for the city. It is accessible, well laid out and, with the number of people that use it on a daily basis, incredibly successful.
And it’s still a work in progress. If you get the chance to visit Wellington, or if you’re a Wellingtonian who hasn’t spent any time there recently, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
Solace from the right – Wellington
Solace from the left
Max Patte’s Solace leans into a Wellington wind
A quiet read in the sun outside Te Papa
A rusty wharf bolt
Writers Walk – Alistair Te Ariki Campbell
Kupe looks towards Aotearoa
Kupe and Co – moved from Wellington Railway Station to a much more fitting place
More from the Writers Walk
A leap off the wharf into the unknown
Natures stubborn tenacity
With the Hobbit premiere only a few weeks away, dwarves are popping up everywhere
We came by the rustling jest of the paper kings …
Writers Walk – Iris Guiver Wilkinson
Man and dog relaxing in the sun
The Writers Walk crops up in the oddest places
Writers Walk – Patricia Grace
Bollard and line securing the floating crane Hikatia
Wellingtonians enjoying one of the outdoor pubs on the waterfront