Photographer's Note

This photo was taken from the Ports of Wellington. I was intrigued with the contrast of the houses, with their shapes and sizes and the colours of the homes, to the sailing marina at their feet, to the green hills above.

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It is a picture perfect city. It is set between a magnificent harbour and rolling green hills. It is also a compact city where interesting shops, exciting galleries and great restaurants are within easy walking distance. Wellington is great if you love being outdoors. It is surrounded by hills, a rugged coastline and one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Adventure activities include mountain biking, sailing, bushwalking and much more. Wellington city is only two kilometers wide so it can be explored easily on foot – but not the hills!!

Wellington's early Maori history: The earliest name for Wellington, from Maori legend, is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui. In Maori it means ‘the head of Maui's fish’. Caught and pulled to the surface by Polynesian navigator Maui, the fish became the North Island.
The Polynesian explorer Kupe is credited with the initial discovery of Wellington Harbour. From Maori tradition it is estimated he arrived with his followers around the 10th century. Several places around the Wellington peninsula were named by Kupe - for example Matiu (Somes) Island and Makaro (Ward) Island. People have lived here since Kupe's discovery.

I scanned the photo and sharpened and brightened it.

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