While the bus is my usual mode of transport on the daily migration to and from work, we do live in walking distance of the CBD. When time and weather permit I like to take Shanks’ pony – from work at least, as it’s too much of a logistical pain to do it in the morning. I’ve been making the most of the summer and being able to walk home in daylight, however the frequency will lessen after this month both with the departure of daylight savings and the arrival of exam study.
My preferred route is the via the waterfront, slightly longer than the inland options available, but more picturesque and better for the soul. There’s something therapeutic about fresh sea air especially when accompanied by beautiful harbour views. And at around 10km / 1.5 hours it’s not bad exercise either.
From work I make a short beeline to the central waterfront. As far as city waterfronts go, Wellington’s is a pretty good one with a lot of interesting features and inviting public spaces. It’s very popular especially in summer. As well as the usual array of water activities taking place, currently it’s also dragon boat season.
The walkway goes along around past the national museum and marina.
Yachting and boating are well supported pastimes here. One of the things I love most about the many coastal roads around Wellington are the old boatsheds that pop up here and there.
Not much further on I join Oriental Parade and navigate the masses that usually exercise or congregate around Oriental Bay. In 2004 the council replenished the beach with 17500 cubic metres of sand, a project that has helped make this an immensely popular area.
The footpath narrows as I approach Point Jerningham and before bracing for the usual hit of wind once around the corner, a short stretch of vegetation partly obscures the harbour views.
Further around the winding waterfront the number of other path users diminishes, providing a bit more solitude though the hum of traffic alongside is fairly constant.
By now I’m walking along Evans Bay Parade and on very windy days it must be amusing for vehicles watching keen walkers stagger drunkenly as they get pushed around by mother nature. Not far from the end of this stretch of waterfront is Greta Point, now quite a nicely developed place with apartments, cafes and green space. And lots of birdlife.
Due to the number of photos I’ve split the post – the exciting (!) part 2 to follow.