Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ascent Of Mount Victoria

We've walked around on Mount Victoria several times--mostly for LOTR sites--but never really walked all the way to the top and to the observation deck there with its 360 view of the whole area. This time we did it.
But first, lunch, not at this building, which turned out to be an
interestingly painted parking garage

But at the Mount Vic Chippery, ranked #1 among such
 establishments; here, examples of their frites

The menu

And staff

And my lunch, with the kumara chips; Vicki had the pulled
pork

Just up the hill is the very old tram tunnel, under Mount Victoria,
which opened up the Miramar peninsula for development; now used
exclusively for buses

Helpful map

"Get off the road!"


On a trail-side bench

Vicki points to the now nearly unrecognizable "Hobbit hide-out,"
where Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin hid from the Black Rider

Thousands of Ring Waifs have since hid here, including us, in 2009

Look closely; Radagast stil frequents the place

Looking across to Miramar, and Wellington's signature

Beyond Miramar, the channel to Cook Strait

Pano of City of Wellington

From left to right

Thus

Harbor-side and harbor

More of harbor

The tan building right of center is Te Papa; Greater Wellington,
including Lower and Upper Hutt and Porirau, has a population
just over half a million

Airport to the left and Cook Strait

A ferry heads out toward Picton; it was a very windy day,
especially atop Mount Victoria

Book Lovers B&B, near the start of the trail

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Sounds like my kind of B&B!