One Hundred Steps (and more)

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Tannadyce Street, Strathmore Park, 108 steps

 

Wellington has a lot of outdoor steps, and a lot of those steps have more than one hundred steps to them.

Here are a few and more to come –

 

Maida Vale Road steps- 365

Orangi Kaupapa Road steps- 192

Awarua Station steps – 210

Upland to Rimu Road steps – 128

Hill Street steps- 142

Church Street – 188

Plimmer Steps – 73 – 53 on left side only

Drummond 74 on the lower, then 11, and 53 more across the road – 139; to Raroa Street 168

Bombay to Quetta – 156

Birdwood – Lower section – 101; Upper section – 120

Fortification to Massey – 188

And the grand steps of  Armistar – 473

 

 

Pirie Street Steps

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FIND THESE STEPS – Right beside the bus tunnel at 106 Pirie Street, Mt Victoria.

These steps seem to have drawn attention in 1929 by someone else who cared about Wellington steps –

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These may be the other steps – “now broken boards” – further along the track in the Town Belt.

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The Pirie Street steps are along side the bus tunnel, constructed between 1905 – 1907 with the loss of the lives of three workers.

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Pirie Street is named for one of the directors of the New Zealand Company, Sir John Pirie, who also became Lord Mayor of London in 1841.

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Now the Pirie Street steps are guarded by alert and watchful eyes.

 

 

 

Epuni to Tanera Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – From 67 Epuni – just down from Levina Avenue and at the top from Tanera Park and then you can wander over to Ohiro Road, and then to Central Park.

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Just a little bit of steps up to a lovely little park, and an opportunity for expressing your ecological preference.

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A stunning tree on the other side of the park.

 

 

 

 

Fortification Road to Massey Road Steps

FIND THESE STEPS –  Just beside Scorch O’Rama at 499 Karaka Bay Road and at the top at 54 Fortification Road.

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If you can tear yourself away from the spectacular beach and the very friendly cafe, there stands a wonderful climb and view of the bay all along the way.

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That’s the steps just in the right portion of the frame, near the telephone pole.

This is a 188 step climb but oh so good.

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The view from the top – reward for the climb!

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And on the way back.

 

 

 

Douglas Street Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – These steps link the lower level of Douglas Street to the upper level. Douglas Streets lies between Tasman Street, at 76 Tasman, and 24 Adelaide Road.

Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 4.24.30 PMThis is a very short set of steps, but always busy – popular with dog owners, too.

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Awarua Street Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – Between 21 and 25 Awarua Street and at the top at 29 Rothsay Road, Ngaio.

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These steps are a little farther along from the Awarua train station  and go down a gully to an unexpectedly beautiful little stream, and then back up to Rothsay Road, from where you can look back at the other end of the steps and it looks to be an impressive distance away.

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Thistle Inn Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – The Inn is at the Parliament end of town at 3 Mulgrave Street, near the Wellington Railway Station  and the bus station.

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Although these steps aren’t as famous as Plimmer’s Steps and Church Street, they are well known and used, and historic since they lead you up to the oldest pub in Wellington.

The original pub was built in 1840 – the year also of the Waitangi Treaty – but the building burnt in July 1866. This is the replacement, built by the end of 1866, and still standing although it has experienced many modernising efforts since.

My first visit was in 1994 when the lunch crowd was full of workers from the railway and wharfs. It was packed with men talking loudly.  The whole place went quiet when I walked in alone.  I walked to the bar, ordered a beer, and took a sip, and all the noise started up again, and I was welcomed to a standing table for a chat with curious patrons. Apparently it was not then a usual place a woman for a beer at lunch but now it is upscale but still friendly.

At the other end of town, near the top of Cuba Street, is another building entirely – Thistle Hall – and often confused for this pub. An important distinction.

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The National Archives (with 7 million archives) is around the corner on Mulgrave Street and further on Aitken Street and Molesworth Street is National Library – the new location for the original Treaty of Waitangi.