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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Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 5.27.15 PMThe steps seen from the other side of the valley.

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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.

 

Rueben Avenue Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – Rueben Street intersects Ohiro Road at No 230 Ohiro Road, and the steps are at the end of  Rueben Avenue at No 57.

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These are lovely, hidden steps in a quiet hillside – beautiful trees, winding steps, and ending at a private residence.

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Ohiro Road Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – Near the bus stop at 156 Ohiro Road and across from Bretby Crescent, Brooklyn. Near the intersection of Tanera Crescent (leading to those steps) and across from the Brooklyn Road steps and Central Park.

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Just a short set of steps leading to the footpath parallel to Ohiro Road. When you turn around from the steps you have a view of the bright and fun mural on the wall opposite.

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Brooklyn Terrace

FIND THESE STEPS – At the top of Central Park, 135 Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn.

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From the steps the pathway heads on to those houses near the top of the hill.

 

Central Park Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – At 22 Brooklyn Road from the lower level, and from the top at Brooklyn Road and Ohiro Road.

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Central Park – thirteen hectares of refuge from any sense of being in a city.  A 1903 housing report recommended an open space for relief from the local slums, and a public subscription raised the purchase price to allow the opening in 1913.

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Mayor John Pearce Luke was mayor during the war years and the flu epidemic, and went on to Parliament. Lukes Lane in Wellington is named for the location of his engineering business. His wife, Jacobina Luke, was a signatory to the Women’s Suffrage Petition, and organised women for the war effort and relief from the 1918 flu epidemic.

 

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Screen Shot 2019-12-19 at 6.04.01 PMFollowing along up the road you find these steps leading out to Brooklyn Road.

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And there you find Renouf Tennis Centre.

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Looking down along Ohiro Road. Just over this road are the Tanera Crescent steps.

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This little spot was the caretaker’s cottage, and the family of Alex Kettles have donated a bench for enjoying this lovely view.

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And finally – more steps, just down from the caretaker’s memorial.

 

Awarua Train Station Steps

FIND THESE STEPS: From the Awarua station, just to the right of the shelter, and from the top between 46 and 48 Fox Street, Ngaio.

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A reader suggested this set of steps, and I”m very grateful. They are stunning and long.

It is a beautiful, secluded and woodsy location, with views between the trees, well maintained steps, and lots of them – 210.

If you are travelling on the Johnsonville line, don’t already know them, and have a bit of time, it is worth a stop off to enjoy them.

 

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A fantastic view at the top looking toward Ngaio and Crofton Downs. Fox Street was named for Sir William Fox, a notable contributor to the development of Wellington and, as Ms Irving-Smith comments, “an ardent crusader for temperance.”

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The Awarua Station is on the Johnsonville train line, from where you can travel either to Johnsonville or to the Wellington Train Station. The line was opened in 1938, and this station was upgraded in 2008/2009.

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An undated photo of the previous Awarua station showing the huge hill behind it.

Awarua Street and Simla Crescent Railway Stations. Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: 1/2-061619-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22664201

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The climb up begins just to the right of the station shelter.

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A stunning stand of trees along the steps – I don’ know what sort, though.

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