Otaki Kite Festival

Otaki Kite Festival

Having missed the kite festival at Otaki Beach for the last few years, I was happy to finally get there. There were kites of all different types. With kite clubs coming from around the country. Even a demonstration from a team that had come over from Australia. These inflatables were the highlight. In this photograph, I tried to capture the variety. Standing ankle deep in the surf to get some reflections in the foreground.

Fireworks from Mount Victoria

Fireworks from Mount Victoria

For this year’s Chinese New Year fireworks I walked up to the Mount Victoria Lookout. From here you get a good view of the city centre. It was too crowded at the lookout and I didn’t like the foreground. So I walked down Lookout Road to in front of the Radio Tower. What caught my eye was the twists of Palliser Road in the foreground. Taking a wider view of the fireworks meant I captured the S shape of the road. This leads the eye towards Clyde Quay Wharf and the explosion of the firework in the sky above the city centre.

Oriental Parade – Wellington



Oriental Parade - Wellington



This was taken from the end of the Clyde Quay Wharf.
 The white building on the left is the Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre (my current gym). I walk along this stretch of the waterfront many times a week. In the centre is the marina, boat sheds and the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Above the gym on the left is the iconic Saint Gerard’s Catholic Church and Monastery. To the right of this are the beautiful villas perched on the hillside. A close look might reveal a red car on a platform that sticks out from the hill (hint, it’s next to the orange house). Then, of course, is the lookout at the top of Mount Victoria. There are about 300 metres between the boat sheds and lookout, 200 metres vertically.

Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

A few weeks ago the Terracotta Warriors came to Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. Outside the museum’s main entrance were the lanterns. These life-size, brightly coloured lanterns are lit up at night. Commissioned for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. There are 38 figures and two horses.