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  • flyingeagle2223
    Dunedin, New Zealand317 contributions
    for ages I have seen this war memorial either on tv or in pictures and have always wanted to go and visit, personally I quite like seeing all the different war memorials there are around, so I made sure I had the time to be able to come and see this memorial when I had visited Wellington, I would have gone along to the Dawn service there also, maybe next time when I go back. Once again a pretty amazing Memorial
    Written 9 July 2021
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    It is located on a ridge above Tarakena Bay and it is a memorial to the first president of Turkey. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery and it is tranquil.
    Written 14 February 2021
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  • onitada
    Wellington, New Zealand91 contributions
    I went to the Massey memorial on a Saturday afternoon. Managed to get a car park below the Memorial. I could image that on a busy public or school holiday these parks would fill up fast. The walk up to the memorial is brief, maybe ten minutes. The path is not paved all the way. The memorial itself is incredibly beautiful and makes you think of this man and also his wife and the contribution they made to New Zealand and its history especially WW1.

    Up towards the back of the Memorial is a dirt track that leads you up towards the WW2 anti aircraft defense bunkers that have graffiti pastured all over them, which gives it another dimension as a modern day canvas for artists. The walk to the bunkers is perhaps ten minutes so is quite brief. This area also seems to be a good spot for dog walkers.
    Written 7 September 2019
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  • Liz H
    Lichfield, UK844 contributions
    We were walking around the harbour and came across this statue, which I found unusual and interesting. It made a nice foreground to my photo of the harbour and bay and had a lovely quality of movement to it.
    Written 27 April 2020
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    The Wellington Cenotaph is a war memorial which commemorates New Zealand’s people who died in World War 1 and it is a Heritage historic landmark.
    Written 14 February 2021
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  • julesten2016
    Melbourne, Australia2,279 contributions
    For all the dog lovers, this is the Mills & Boon of the dog world.
    This monument (Drinking Fountain) is a lovely tribute to man's best friend.
    Stop read the plaque and leave feeling good.
    You too will wander where Paddy once did.
    Written 11 April 2019
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  • FMW13
    Irvine, UK150 contributions
    Plimmer’s House is up to the top of the steps behind his statue. It looks tiny compared to the surrounding new buildings and it was MOVED to make way for them to be built. Now a restaurant but not reviewed as that. Worth a detour - there’s so little of old Wellington left.
    Written 29 January 2020
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  • Sachin K
    Plainview, NY5,840 contributions
    Kuppe statue is interesting with it’s unique look and was unveiled at this spot in March 2000, but has a long history before this date. It consists of Kupe Raiatea, the great Maori explorer and discoverer of Wellington harbour, his wife Te Aparangi and tohunga Pekahourangi. Certainly worth a photo stop.
    Written 29 November 2019
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  • Bea T
    Melbourne, Australia166 contributions
    Take the walks and see the wind sculptures and water fountains of Wellington. It’s a city that celebrates it’s essential geography and turns strong winds and choppy seas into beauty.
    Written 8 March 2020
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  • kpiddy
    Brisbane, Australia12,054 contributions
    Located in Midland Park, Lamberton Quay is a stand-out sculpture of a famous female New Zealand author and poet, Katherine Mansfield, born in 1888 but died at the young age of 34. Her writings were modern for the times and considered rebellious, the statue of her has been constructed out of stainless steel, verses of Katherine's works have been laser cut into her hair and clothing.
    Written 26 August 2019
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  • Sachin K
    Plainview, NY5,840 contributions
    This unique statue is located between the city center and the waterfront, at the entrance to Civic Square from the city to the Sea Bridge. This is the 'split pyramid' that you can walk through before you go down the stairs to Civic Square. The paved walkway between the two sides of the pyramid represents Māui's fishing line, unravelling from the mountain to the sea. Te Aho a Māui means the fishing line of Māui, who is a hero from Māori mythology. Certainly worth a photo stop.
    Written 29 November 2019
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  • george von
    39 contributions
    If you are into collecting and taking photos of early English history around the world monuments here is another excellent well maintained monument. Opposite Halswell hotel, motel on the grass verge separating Cambridge Tce from Kent Tce . Both Streets named after English places ENGLAND.

    The bronze monument to Queen Victoria standing imperiously under power lines and bus lines between Kent and Cambridge terraces was Wellington's first significant sculpture and one of its most controversial.

    It was planned after Victoria's death on January 22, 1901, and commissioned from one of Britain's most established artists, Edward Drury, best known for the figures of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and a collection of allegorical figures above the main entrance of London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

    The Wellington monument was set in Post Office Square and unveiled in April 1905 by New Zealand's governor, Sir William Plunket, who liked to think the statue would welcome immigrants to the harbour like a modest Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, however beckoning it was from the water, it caused traffic issues on Jervois Quay, and was relocated to its present site Kent Tce and Cambridge Tce. Efforts have been made to return it, but Post Office Square businesses and residents object.
    Written 5 October 2019
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  • Paulleighton
    Melbourne, Australia147 contributions
    I think the idea of a Greek / NZ memorial would need to appeal to you on a personal level to make this worth while.

    It's pleasant enough but located in a noisy and busy traffic area. I would suggest that it's worth checking out if you are wondering past but not worth going out of your way for
    Written 3 July 2015
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  • kpiddy
    Brisbane, Australia12,054 contributions
    It is quite unusual to discover an outdoor art installation covered in braille dots, an observer wonders what the message is written all over the two stainless steel walls. The piece is known as 'Invisible City', it can be found on the corner of Lambton Quay and Grey Street at the end of a pedestrian section. The braille dots have been taken from a poem written by the blind poet and New Zealander, Peter Beatson, it describes his experience walking the city.
    Written 14 August 2019
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  • kpiddy
    Brisbane, Australia12,054 contributions
    At the far end of the pathway leading up to the Mt Victoria Lookout in Wellington is a tent shaped memorial dedicated to the American aviator and polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd: "The greatest explorer of the air age". He used New Zealand as his base for his many Antarctic expeditions, his first in 1928 from Dunedin. The rocks at the front of the memorial are from Antarctica, at the base are two plaques describing the Admiral's achievements in polar exploration and his contributions to international understanding. From the back, the memorial is most beautiful, the original white stucco has been replaced with ceramic tiles depicting the auroras.
    Written 26 August 2019
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