A local journey..


For Tanya’s birthday on 16 August, we went on a voyage of discovery to Onekiritea/Hobsonville .

We caught an early morning Richmond Road bus to the city,   walked  to Pier 4 near the downtown Ferry Buildings and  caught the 9.00am commuter launch on its return to Hobsonville  in the upper Waitemata Harbour (plenty of room – we were the only two passengers and had marvelous views of the city and the harbour as we travelled).

Fabric Cafe









There’s a new Fabric Café on the wharf at Hobsonville Point, where we had a splendid breakfast, took our very first selfie together,  and then set out on the 5km circular path around Hobsonville Point and Village.


The path takes in many of the large public art installations in this new growing township, beginning with the elegant Virginia King sculpture on the wharf.

There’s a guerilla knitters’ colourful mantle on a pohutukawa tree on the way up from the Point, and a splendid wall sculpture by Louise Purvis.

A winter coat for the pohutukawa-thanks to Guerilla Knitters …

Estuarine, by Louise Purvis








Hobsonville, the former air force base north of Auckland, is rapidly becoming a satellite town, with approximately 1500 homes completed and occupied now, and around 3500 inhabitants.  It is estimated to reach a  population of about 11,000 eventually. 

It’s good to see quality medium-density housing from several different building firms (Ockham has a particularly  attractive group of buildings there, Bernoulli Gardens, named after the 18th century physicist whose work established some core principles of the mechanics of flight). 

A giant native seed pod in the children’s playground


The town is also developing as a multi-age community, with excellent early childhood, primary and secondary school facilities and a large retirement village as well as family homes of various sizes.



Our walk around the perimeter of the town took us about an hour and a half.  When we returned to the wharf we caught a bus to Westgate via West Harbour.   Another bus took us from Westgate to Grey Lynn, and a short walk home. We loved seeing all the different views from paths, boat and buses, new aspects of our city and old ones in sharp contrast.  

We also look forward to the time when the town of Hobsonville celebrates its thousand years of Maori history in the area as thoroughly as it does its century and a bit of Pakeha life and Air Force activity.


  1. Bronwen Christianos says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Belated) Tanya!

    As always fascinating to read about your explorations and adventures of environments and consciousness.

    Love to you both

  2. Sounds like a great outing. I have a friend visiting from England next year who would love this. I enjoy reading about your adventures.

  3. liz heywood says

    Hi Tanya, Belated birthday wishes from us also. May this coming year bring you many happy creative endeavours and joy. Lots of love from Liz and ErrolXX

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