First stop is the Wahine Memorial in Churchill Park, with an anchor and chain from the wreck ageing gracefully in the sea air. Then it was up to the headland to admire the view of the harbour entrance and the lighthouses across the channel from the site of Oruaiti Pa, a palisaded village that was one of 10 pa sites on the Miramar peninsula. Further around the track there are plenty of old gun emplacement and observation posts left over from bursts of defensive construction before World War 1 and during World War 2. Rounding Point Dorset and overlooking the broad grey sand of beautiful Breaker Bay, I was mildly startled to notice a couple sunbathing sans kit in the distance down on the beach. Nude sunbathing in Wellington: now I've seen everything! (So to speak). It goes without saying that they mustn't be locals.
|Hector St statue (HDR)|
|Channel near Steeple Rock|
|Fort Dorset observation post interior (c.1910?, HDR)|
|Breaker Bay panorama (click to enlarge)|
|Gun fittings, Fort Dorset|
|Pencarrow (fore) and Baring Head (rear) lighthouses|
|Eve, Flax & Reef Bays, and Palmer Head|