Hundertwasser Art Centre – Whangārei

Hundertwasser Art Centre - Whangārei

This unusual building is the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery. It was designed by artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1993. After years on rejections it was approved in 2015 then finally opened in 2022. Driving north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands you pass through the centre of New Zealand’s northernmost city, Whangārei. We hadn’t planned to stop but knew we needed to photograph this amazing building on our way back to Auckland a few days later. At first I thought the gold dome was a qubba which can sometimes be found on the top of mosques. When getting closer it’s not a mosque or a dome. The walls on the outside feature black and white mosaic tiles. Due to time constraints we weren’t able to explore the inside. Next time I visit this part of New Zealand I plan to stay a night or two in Whangārei. To spend more time exploring the art centre and photographing it a dawn and dusk.

Cromwell Bakery in Heritage Precinct

Cromwell Bakery in Heritage Precinct

Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct is full of charming old buildings that date back to the 1860’s gold rush in Central Otago. I’d never been to Cromwell until recently but would be keen to go back. The construction of the Clyde Dam created Lake Dunstan, which consumed part of the old Cromwell town. Some of the historic buildings were saved or rebuilt to create the heritage precinct. Just out of frame to the left as I took this photograph is the banks of the Clutha River – Mata-Au. Scott’s Bakery is on 71 Melmore Terrace and today is Hullabaloo Artspace. A collective of 15 local artists. 

Glenorchy Steamship Depot

Glenorchy Steamship Depot

Glenorchy is a small settlement to the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. It’s a picturesque 45 minute drive out of Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island. The Red Shed was originally built for the New Zealand Railways Department as a goods shed for freight carried on the steamers up and down the lake. It was restored in 1999 after floods damaged the building. The shed is quite small but inside is a little museum showcasing the history of the area. This was the second time I’ve been to Glenorchy. Back in 2013 it was a very sleepy place. Whilst it’s still not anywhere near as busy as Queenstown. There has clearly been a lot of new building in the area. There was a lovely cafe which was well worth stopping at. Behind the shed is an old wooden jetty. Behind the lake are the Ailsa Mountain range. 

Peel Monument in Ramsbottom

One of my favourite walks recently was the short walk up Holcombe Hill. Maybe it was the company that day, or the great weather. From in front of the Peel Monument we could clearly see the skyline of Manchester city centre a good few miles south of here. Ramsbotton is a very picturesque place to visit and I look forward to spending more time there in future. Peel Monument is a memorial tower to Sir Robert Peel, a Prime Minister of the UK in the mid 19th century.