For me, South Wellington is still largely unexplored.
I was driving over Houghton Bay Road yesterday and stopped to look out over Lyall Bay from View road. I took a few shots then looked behind me. There was a significant hill with radio masts and a trig station on its summit. It seems to surprise many Wellingtonians to learn that we too, have a Mt Albert. I used my smartphone to see how to access it and found a walkway leading off Hornsey Road. The views were splendid, despite the lowering clouds.
As I went up the slightly overgrown and somewhat slippery track, the views got better, and I looked across the harbour to Baring Head and watched the ferry Kaitaki departing for Picton.
For some reason, the aerials and the trig are not on the highest point, and as I got closer I could look down on them. It was interesting to see the snow-capped summit of Tapuae-o-Uenuku above the distant clouds (look above the v-shaped notch on the right of the picture).
Near the aerials there is a water tank, presumably part of the town supply, and like anything hidden from the public eye, it is covered with graffiti. I am generally negative towards graffiti in all its manifestations, but somehow the shape and balance and colours caught my eye.
Just past the trig, and also covered with graffiti was an old military observation post (there is barely room for two or three people so it is obviously not a gun emplacement). The only records I found suggest it was of WWII vintage. I am puzzled as to what an observer would do if any enemy activity was seen from there.
From the Western side of the hill there is a nice view back up Adelaide Road through Newtown, with the University up on the hill to the left and the high-rise buildings of the CBD to the right.
Speaking of those, I met a good friend for lunch and as we came out I liked the textures of the big black building originally built for BNZ and now named for State Insurance.
That’s the day done.