Thursday, January 19, 2012

From Gravestones to Beach Stones - Hutt Valley, New Zealand

After the last blog about local slums, I thought I had better show you some better pictures of my neighbourhood. I have been exploring and I always take photos, even on home turf.

This one was taken from a cemetery that I had never explored before. It is five minutes from home and my son works making headstones across the road. This  view looks across the Hutt Valley region to the Wellington harbour.

This is taken from the top of the main road across the hill to the suburb of Wainuiomata. In Australia this would be a mountain, but in New Zealand this is just one of the many hills surrounding the region. I guess that is why it is called a "Valley."
That is also Wellington Harbour in the distance.

 Some of the sculptures on the Petone beach. These represent oars and the place where the Europeans first came ashore to settle in the 1800's.

In the Harbour itself. Boats, jetskis and the Inter-Island Ferry in the distance. On a hot day it is a great place for water sports.
They say you can't beat Wellington on a good day. I tend to agree.
Sometimes home can become so familiar that I forget how beautiful it can be.


Red Nomad OZ said...

It looks wonderful - but what's the temperature?!?!?!

Nikki said...

Ah yes, ... It's not Australian heat for sure but good for here. It was about 23C I think.
In the last week we have had two days of cyclone level winds, cool spells, hot days and cloudy skies. It all happens here. Sometimes all in one day. [:)]

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Jennco said...

Hi Nikki, I have just finished reading your book. So much of it I could relate too our experiences with house sitting. At 55, we rented out our home in NZ, sold all our possessions and moved to Aussie 3 years ago and we too have been house sitting ever since. Our current house sit we have been doing for 2 years now and it has given us the chance to work and Save so we could buy a camper and a 4WD. We have just informed the owners that we will quit in June to allow us to travel up to cape york and to continue our dream of house sitting and traveling around OZ. Look forward to following your blog. Jen

Nikki said...

Hi Jennco
Thanks for your comment. I love to hear from other house sitters. It's a wonderful lifestyle and I like the idea of moving on with a campervan. A two year houses sit sounds unusual though. I sould like to find a longer term house sit. Have fun on your trip.