City Life

I decided it was about time I post some pictures of downtown Wellington, rather than just the outlying areas where I’ve been hiking recently. The city itself has a whole lot to offer, and I set out on Friday to explore and photograph some of the interesting architecture and cityscapes I encountered. The central part of Wellington is only about 20 minutes from my place in Brooklyn, so I headed there first.

We all live in a blue submarine?
We all live in a blue submarine?

I think that one is either a hotel or an apartment building. Strange but kind of neat.

Lovely yellow house
Lovely yellow house
Downtown church
Downtown church
Downtown street, quiet at midday on Friday
Colorful Wellington street, quiet at midday on Friday
Rainbow architecture on Cuba Street, one of the main shopping/dining streets
Rainbow architecture on Cuba Street, one of the main shopping/dining streets in town
Korus, based off the silver fern, are everywhere here, even on the city streets
Korus, based off the Silver Fern and a symbol of NZ, are everywhere here, even on the city streets
Giant sandbox in the city center
Giant sandbox in the city center
Central Wellington
Central Wellington
City Center
City Center – not too many high-rises here, which I like
Wellington waterfront - great walking area when it's not incredibly windy
Wellington waterfront – great walking area when it’s not incredibly windy

Next, I headed along the coast, battling the wind, toward Oriental Bay, a really nice and very expensive part of town.

Oriental Bay homes
Oriental Bay homes
Colorful boathouses by the harbor
Colorful boathouses by the harbor
Couldn't get enough of this spot
Couldn’t get enough of this spot
Oriental Parade
Oriental Parade
View towards downtown Wellington from Oriental Bay
View towards downtown Wellington from Oriental Bay
Great beach for a swim when it's a bit warmer out
Great beach for a swim when it’s a bit warmer out
Oriental Bay homes off the parade
You can see why it isn’t cheap
Stacked houses
Stacked houses
Color is everywhere in this city
Color is everywhere in this city
Oriental Bay from atop one of Wellington's many giant stairways
Oriental Bay from atop one of Wellington’s many giant stairways
Secret garden
Secret garden
Wellington, you're the best
Wellington, you’re the best

I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of Wellington. I won’t be posting for the next few days as I travel the North Island up to Taupo and Rotorua (and the Shire, of course), but I’ll have plenty of pictures and stories to share when I return!

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