FIND THESE STEPS – Grass Street is another set of stairs leading off Oriental Parade, at No 262, and from the top at 50 The Crescent.
In 1841, according to Ms Irvine-Smith, Grass Street led through a grass reserve. Now it is short cut to the street above on Mt Victoria, The Crescent, as well as entry to the Southern Walkway.
It is a series of steps and pathways forming tiers of zig-zags, with four benches along the way, and a terrific view of the harbour along the way, and at the top. A favourite of runners, it is a spectacular alternative to the gym.
It may be that the steps are result of a citizen’s plea in the Evening Post to City Council in 1901:
(Paperspast, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga O Aotearoa)
The Southern Walkway crosses the steps.