July 10th, 2007

Edge of the world

New Zealand Pictures, Part II: Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki



Kapiti Island, viewed from Raumati Beach on the other side of the Rauoterangi Channel.



After yesterday's photos of Tasman Bay, today I'd like to start on the Kapiti Coast, where I come from. I specifically grew up in Raumati Beach, but I'll go from the south and work my way northwards. Pukerua Bay is the southernmost town on the Kapiti Coast and home of Peter Jackson. Paekakariki is just up the coast and its primary reason for existing was a railway depot, though this has become less important in recent decades. It is really a small village whose expansion is geographically prohibited, and visiting it is like stepping back into 1970s New Zealand. Those of you in the rugby world may know Paekakariki best as the home of the "Paekakariki Express", Christian Cullen.

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In the next entry, I'll head north to Queen Elizabeth Park and the Mungatooks.