The Mystery of 79 Garden Road


FIND THESE STEPS: On Garden Road at Bank Road, near the Orangi Kaupapa Road to Garden Road steps.

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I’d missed these steps entirely until a reader of this site – Jill – let me know about them (thank you, Jill). In addition to my not seeing them, I was defeated by them.  These are the first steps I didn’t climb to the top since the steps are steep, slippery, and covered with leaves and dirt. A claim on the New Zealand health system seemed imminent.

These ‘Steps to Nowhere’, as Jill calls them, are a mystery. But Jill has counted them – 163 steps – so they are a substantial contribution to the collection of outdoor staircases, but simply not used now.

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At Garden Road, the steps leading to the house are are well maintained.

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But just beyond the house the path is overgrown and the steps disappear.

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Then they head up the hill toward nothing in particular, meeting up with an open, flat grassy lawn and then eventually the path leads to the top of Bank Street.

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These steps are old, and required some work to build them. But they lead nowhere now.

As Jill asks,  Why are they there? Where did they lead to? Who uses them?