Cuba Street

Cuba Street in Wellington is pretty Iconic. Cuba Street is where the cool people go, the bearded hipsters, the fashionable in mind and spirit. The wannabe’s and the once were. The right on, right now and the faded jadeds. The tattooed ladies and the skater boys. Cuba Street is a place of street food, expensive food and retro shopping. Vinyl records and vinyl furniture, probably. Quirky things on the street and in the shops. Cuba Street is colourful. I decided to spend a morning taking photos in Cuba Street. This is the work of one hour, one morning. This Sunday Morning in March.

There are many photos and (almost) no captions. Sometimes images speak for themselves.Cuba crossingCuba flamingoCuba CosmicCuba Corner graffitiCuba BurgerCuba BUBCuba BristolCuba Bristol walkCuba bookshopCuba blurred strollCuba 178 CubaCuba barbers at workCuba barbersCuba fixCuba FidelsCuba Fidels super cutsCuba EspressoholicCuba emporiumCuba Ekim BurgerCuba Dog graffitiCuba daytime moonCuba Cuba Bistro

Cuba Callum
That’s Callum, this isn’t Cuba Street, but is in Glover Park. Glover Park is just round the corner from Cuba Street. So almost Cuba Street
Cuba Craft Beer
Also not actually in Cuba Street, but nearby in Glover Park

Cuba flatsCuba flesh woundCuba FloriditaCuba FruttiCuba graffiti strollCuba IconCuba IrishCuba Karo DriveCuba Logan BrownCuba MallCuba matchboxCuba Wall ArtCuba VietnameseCuba ValhallaCuba touristsCuba topsCuba tattooCuba Swan_Cuba SanFranCuba RPRCuba RecordsCuba record shop

Berhampore Bus stop
OK, this isn’t in Cuba Street. This is Berhampore. But it’s very colourful. 

City Surfers

For the sake of clarity, I don’t surf. I don’t even swim in the sea. I know that if I do I’ll be eaten by a Great White Shark immediately upon entering the water. People might say that’s a phobia. I however know I simply have a rational fear of a dangerous predator. That aside, I love the sea and love being near the sea. I also like photographing sports. I’ve decided one of my favourite sports to photograph is surfing. So here are some surfing photos. All of these were taken in Houghton Bay which is just 15 minutes or so from the Wellington CBD on the South Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Hence the title City Surfers. I’m not going to write captions for the photos because that would be superfluous. I hope you enjoy the images. GrimaceMarch Surf 1March Surf 2March Surf 3March Surf 4March Surf fall 2March Surf pair 1March Surf swimmers 1March Surfers 5March Surfers 6March Surfers board 1March Surfers board 2March Surfers coolestMarch Surfers Eyes shutMarch Surfers fall 2March Surfers high and lowMarch Surfers point 1March Surfers rainbowMarch Surfers smileMarch Surfers styleMarch Surfers wipeoutPaddle boarder 1Paddle wakePaddleboard aheadSurfer 1Surfer 2Surfer 4Surfer 6Surfer dudeEpic tube surf

Back In The Capital

We had a big earthquake recently. Bigger in the South than it was in the North, but big none the less. There are many buildings in Wellington still closed, cordoned off and some to be demolished. Big buildings. We also had a Tsunami warning. So I thought I’d go and take some photos of the capital city before it gets destroyed in the next big earthquake and washed away in the following Tsunami. You know, for the archives. I took an eclectic mix of photos, not the stuff people usually photograph in Wellington. It is quite a diverse, colourful and interesting place. See? Due to the number of photos, I’ve gone for the ’tiled mosaic look. Welcome to Wellington.

Capital

I’ve lived in Wellington for about 6 months now, it’s not the first time I’ve lived here. Last time I lived in Wellington in 1990, was for about 6 months. That’s not to suggest it’s time to leave though. Not a bit of it. Not yet anyway. A selection of random shots from around Wellington, not so much in Wellington, as around it.

erskine-walls
Erskine College, Island Bay. Derelict old convent school, probably haunted.
island-bay-mountain-backdrop
Winter in Island Bay. I live in Island Bay so you may experience a bias in these photos
island-bay-sunset
Sunset in Island Bay, see? Bias.
island-bay
That Island is called Tapu te Tanga. It’s in Island Bay.
oruaiti-reserve
That’s the way in to Wellington Harbour. If you come by boat that is.
titahi-bay-surf-beach
Surfer dudes at Titahi Bay.
wellington-long-exposure
Wellington from Wrights Hill, long exposure to get that cool line of light thing on the motorway from the Hutt Valley.
houghton-bay
Oh look, it’s Island Bay again. Actually this is Houghton Bay, the next bay along.
epic-sunday
Cool clouds above Owhiro Bay. The Kaikoura Ranges in the distance, 200 kilometres distant.
pauatahanui
Pauatahanui, Porirua Harbour, Not many Paua in there though I reckon.
lighthouses
Pencarrow Lighthouses at the Wellington Harbour Entrance, for when one Lighthouse isn’t enough.
container-ship
Pilot boat escorting a container ship out of Wellington.
makara-sunset-cloud
Cool Sunset clouds above Makara, making the huge wind turbines look puny.
driftwood
Sea thing. Karaka Bay
lowry-bay-boatshed-close-up
Boat shed thing in Lowry Bay. Hasn’t stored any boats for a while. Not sure what it’s for now.
chopper-dude
Chopper dude, Lyall Bay. Probably reading ‘Zen And The Art Of Bicycle Maintenance’.
lower-hutt-and-tararuas
Tararua Ranges above the Hutt Valley. Taken from Oriental Bay.
waves-1
Those rocks are really big. This was the day after the ‘Great Storm’. I call all good storms, the ‘Great Storm’. It amuses me.
owhiro-bay-interislander
The Interislander ferry heading for the South Island. I take this boat every month. There and back, obviously. Otherwise I’d live in the South Island now.
wave-colour
Wavey.
kite-surfer-two
Kite Surfer in Lyall Bay. Good and windy.
Dolphins AIr NZ
Two things, Air New Zealand didn’t crash into the hill and the sea is full of Dolphins, Lyall Bay.
Colourful garages 1
Colourful, in Lyall Bay.
Wave photo
He survived, so did his cell phone. He actually ran away. I also have a photo of that.
Sheds
I believe those shed are empty and the land soon to be used for something more modern. Flash apartments would be best. Wait and see.
Epic tube surf
OK, so this could be anywhere of course, but this cool surf shot was taken by me in Wellington. Houghton Bay to be precise. 
Wrights Hill Awesome cloud
That’s a Nor’Wester blowing above Wrights Hill at Sunset. Windy Welly.
oriental-bay
Miramar Peninsula, in the mid-ground.
oriental-bay-sunday
Oriental Bay, people walk along the waterfront there, or run in colour co-ordinated lycra wearing headphones carrying an unnecessary water bottle.
hawkins-hill
The Road to nowhere, one of those ‘there and back’ sort of roads.
green-and-red
Like everyone, I love a brightly coloured boat shed
flowers-and-mountains
Spring, Princess Bay. Pretty.
boat-shed
Boat shed in Ivey Bay, Paremata.  Actually many boat sheds. Just that one is more obvious.
wellington-cable-car
The Classic Cable Car shot, you can buy a postcard just like this one.

So there you go. There’s much more to Wellington of course. But I’ve had enough of thinking up things to write in captions now. You could always visit and see for your self.

Wellington Bays

Well not all the bays, the bays out past the Airport. Wellington is the Capital City of New Zealand. It’s perched in a little bay with all the houses nestled into a load of hills behind it. Most people think it’s quite a pretty little city. I was visiting a friend but was early, so decided to take the scenic route round the Miramar Peninsula rather than simply drive across town. I’m pleased I did because look!

Wellington cable car classic
Ok, it’s not a bay, but this is one of those ‘classic’ shot’s of Wellington and is as good a place as any to start. Plus there is a bay, down there.
City Centre
The Wellington Waterfront from Oriental Parade. The beehive looking building on the far right is called ‘The Beehive’. It’s where we store our politicians.
Oriental Bay
From Oriental Parade, no idea why it’s called that. People from Wellington like to walk along here, or run wearing lycra, earphones and carrying a water bottle.
Boat Sheds Evans Bay
Evans Bay boat sheds. Cool.
Worser Bay
Broken pier at Shelly Bay.
Worser Bay jetty
Another broken pier at Shelly Bay. Looking across towards Mt Victoria. It’s not really a mountain. That bit of Wellington on the hill that isn’t a mountain is called Haitaitai.
Miramar Peninsula Lighthouse
The Point Halswell Lighthouse on the tip of the Miramar Peninsula.With a guy fishing off it.
Miramar Peninsula
A busy sunday morning in Wellington. Heading into Kau Bay along Massey Road.
Karaka Bay phone box
Karaka Bay jetty, complete with old working phone booth.
Empty Karaka Bay Jetty_
That’s still the Karaka Bay jetty, or pier. I like a nice jetty, or pier.
Breaker Bay Pinnacle Rocks
Those are the pinnacle rocks looking across towards the Wairarapa from Breaker Bay. It was out there that inter island ferry, The Wahine, sunk in 1968. 53 People died.
Breaker Bay seagull
Flax Bay, over there is the very bottom of the North Island.
Breaker Bay boat
Upside down boats lend a pleasing aspect to a coastal scene. Flax Bay
Kaikouras from Moa Point
In the distance is the South Island, the Kaikoura Ranges about 250 kilometres away by ferry and road. Taken at Moa Point. That ship is a Cook Strait ferry, the Interislander
Air NZ arrival Moa Point
Air New Zealand arriving int0 Wellington, flying low over Moa Point. It can get a bit hair raising flying into wellington on a windy day. It’s often windy, mostly.
Island Bay
Looking across Island Bay. Time to turn inland.

So there you are. Worth the trip.