In theory, yesterday was the start of Wellington’s cruise ship season.
None came. The passengers who didn’t come were spared an ugly day in the city with winds gusting to 140 km/h. From the Western end of Petone beach I could see that the Stena Polaris, a petrol tanker recently arrived from Marsden Point was anchored in the harbour. She is an occasional visitor to Wellington and seems a bit bigger and definitely more colourful than the other tankers on the coastal distribution circuit.
The car park was devoid of the usual line of people eating their solitary lunch and gazing at the harbour. Perhaps this was because the waves bursting on the sea wall were throwing salt spray a long way downwind. I parked a reasonable distance away and attempted to convey the wildness of the day.
The wooden walkway along the sea wall was frequently inundated, and the scrubby area behind it was just swamped with endless streams of water flowing out across the paths and back to the sea.
It died down overnight.