New Zealand - Wellington


St. Gerard's Cathedral on Hawker Street in the Mount Victoria neighborhood.

Back down the hill, the William Wakefield Memorial is at the eastern entrance to the Basin Reserve, a large square at the southeast corner of downtown around the city's (and New Zealand's oldest) cricket grounds. William Wakefield was one of the first European settlers invaders... Europeans to settle New Zealand, arriving in 1839 as an agent for the New Zealand Company and an unofficial mayor of what's now Wellington.

The first and last photos are the newer stands (R.A. Vance Stand, named for a famous cricketer and opened in 1980), and the rest are the older stands (Museum Stand, which does in fact house the Basin museum and opened in 1925), as I circle the south side of the square on Highway 1. I made myself a note that the players' tea room was in the Museum Stand. That seems less important as I write this caption.

The National War Memorial is on the west side of The Basin (which is the same as the Basin Reserve, if you're keeping score). Viewpoints range from the south side of The Basin to past the memorial at Taranaki Street.

The historic Mt. Cook Police Barracks are on the southwest corner of Tasman Street at Buckle Street. Photos were taken in 2013 during construction of what's now the Highway 1 roadway tunnel under Tory Street (connects to Tasman Street).

This is the former (1911) General Headquarters Building. General headquarters for what? For the military. But the Great War didn't start until 1914, so this wasn't really for defending against invasion. Quite the opposite - defending against the people already here, the Ma̅ori. Isn't that funny, when you invade someone's land, they may not like it and want to take it back? Good thing times have changed and this building's original use is retired.

Not a fire house now! This is at the east end of Hawkestone Street in the Thorndon neighborhood.

Also not a fire house now! And has never been one! This is actually the Chinese Embassy, at 14 Hill St. in Thorndon.

Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Old St. Paul's Church.

A 1900 building at Bowen Street and Tinakori Road.

East on Bowen Street to the Wellington Cenotaph. As a general rule, anything in New Zealand referred to as a cenotaph commemorates World War I.

Affectionately known as the Beehive, this is the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament.

The Old Government Buildings along Stout Street are now part of the Victoria University law school. These are side views from Bowen Street.

The 1903 Missions to Seamen Building is on the southwest corner of Stout and Whitmore Streets, if you spell carefully.

The entrance to Queen's Wharf at Waterloo Quay.

Shed 21 is the tallest of the Wellington Harbour Board warehouses, built in 1910 to house wool.

The 1937 Hotel Waterloo at Bunny Street. Bunnies!

I kept all of Thorndon in the second half of this page so that I could end on the graceful Railway Station. The first two views are from the west (Mulgrave Street, Thorndon Quay) and the rest are heading north on Waterloo Quay.

Te Papa Tongarewa Museum
Mount Victoria
Wrights Hill Fortress

Head north on Highway 1
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