Mount Vic

My trip to Christchurch is coming up in a week, so I’ll be posting more frequently. For now, I thought I’d share my weekend exploration of Mount Victoria. “Mount Vic” is both a neighborhood and a hill with amazing views over Wellington. If you see a picture of the city, nine times out of ten it’s taken from the Mount Vic summit.

There are multiple ways up, but I chose the longer, more gradual path, which starts in Newtown and is only about 20 minutes from my flat.

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There are many trails to choose from, but of course I was drawn to the one with all the roots. As you can see, you can also drive up Mount Vic, but isn’t wakling always more rewarding?

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Many scenes from Lord of the Rings were filmed around Mount Vic, since it’s so close to the city but still wooded enough to function as a convincing Shire.

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I really love the trees around here.

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Apparently, I’m not the only one, as one of the trees was covered in strange offerings.

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Pagans who love disco, perhaps? I tried searching online to see if there was a story behind this particular tree or spot, but nothing came up.

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Some people went to great lengths to get their offerings up really high.

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I guess it will have to remain a mystery for now.

On to the summit!

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It was a cloudy, grey day, but this view never fails to disappoint. It was one of the first places I went with Shalom when I arrived in Wellington.

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I’d love to go up here at night sometime to get pictures, so I’ll need to find a buddy for that.

I decided to walk down the other side, as that was a part of Mount Vic I hadn’t previously explored. Like most places in Wellington, the views from these houses are stunning.

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Here’s the view looking the other way, towards the Miramar Peninsula and Cook Strait.

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That patch of grass in the distance is the Wellington Airport.

I also passed a dilpaidated building (my favorite subject) and had to take some shots.

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I wound down the forest trails for longer than I thought possible in the middle of a city.

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I finally ended up in Oriental Bay, a very upscale neighborhood with a lovely waterfront and beaches.

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I love discovering new corners of this city, like Wellington is divulging its secrets to me alone. It’s exhilarating, and I can’t wait to keep doing it.

Next up, Christchurch and Akaroa for Easter. Can’t wait to go back after almost seven years.

2 thoughts on “Mount Vic

  1. Nice tour, Kelsey. It was good to see a new post!

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  2. So many beautiful views in Welly. Thanks for sharing your trip to Mount Vic.

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