Walking Around in Whitby

Named after British explorer, James Cook, this place is as far from its namesake town locality as it could possibly be, so what is there to see in Whitby?

Join me for a walk and see….


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A suburban street in Whitby


You may have read about my previous visits to New Zealand, but it is Whitby, a suburban area, located north of the capital, Wellington, that featured on our walk today.

There is strong evidence of middle income suburban New Zealand, here, but Whitby also offers some unique but lesser known features, which I was to discover on a family walk among its well manicured streets.


Coniferous trees relish a cool, temperate climate, quite different to the sub-tropical flora my kin might see at home.

Seeing them along dotted along the littoral fringe and stream that bisects this town, our minds filled with thoughts of hobbits and elves and ‘Middle Earth.’

Well, we were after all, in New Zealand!

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The path, to the right, next to the tunnel of trees, along the littoral fringe.



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The flowers alone are worth walking miles for….


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Plants like the Protea, above, and this spectacular hydrangea bush, that I struggle to grow back home, relish the cooler, more wet humid climate and seem to grow like weeds!



What is that definition of a weed?

Just a plant in the wrong place!


But it is not all trees and flowers we spotted on our walk.


The Kiwis are not at all overly formal in their manner, their sense of humour being evident in this unusual garden statue.


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Who wants a regular garden gnome, anyway?


ask blackboard chalk board chalkboard


Besides being named after the British birthplace of explorer, Captain James Cook, the attraction about Whitby for me, was found in the unique, natural beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Visible from practically any street in this locality, it is easy to be mesmerized by the distant mountains which remind me of convolutions of a green Giant’s velvet brain.

Our walk encompasses a stop at a flat-topped Spinnaker Summit Lookout, at which the mandatory photo stop was required.


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The mountains of green velour on the far side of the lake look as if a giant laid down a carpet and then slept on it, failing to smooth the grassy covers when he arose from his slumber.

One feels like you could rub your hand over them just to feel their soft, velour texture.

I have never seen hills like this anywhere else in the world.

It is said that New Zealand has some similarities to Norway, well, maybe not in this area…..


A backdrop of mountains and hills like the convolutions of a green velvet brain


A walk around a suburban area often gives one a feel for the personalities who live there.

The diversity of boutique letter box designs was a delightful recurring theme in Whitby.


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I would like one of these letter boxes!

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Walking further from the lake and Summit lookout, we spotted several Tui birds relishing the blossoms, hunting, as they were for some food.

This species of honey-eater is not under any threat, having adapted well to the urban environment in the North Island.

Wiki states that apparently the early European colonists called it the Parson Bird but, as with many New Zealand birds, the Maori name ‘Tui’ is now the common name.

[Source: Wikipedia]





After a good hour of strolling the suburban streets, Miss H and the young ‘uns were getting that glazed look in their eyes that said,” I’m soo bored” – you know the one that teens do so well, thus, a extension to our walk was quickly made to Adrenalin Forest, Porirua, on the outer edges of Whitby!!! Now it was the kid’s turn to dictate the direction of the “walk,” as the “Adrenaline forest” is an aerial obstacle course consisting of flying fox, high ropes, climbing through barrels, nets and steps, suspended above the ground, which makes for a fun and energetic few hours. The kids are harnessed with two dual locks, so it is impossible to remove both clamps from the harness at the one time, making it a perfectly safe activity, even for the most reckless individual. Furthermore, the attendants give full instructions and a good dose of practice on ground level before starting the course.

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I venture to say it is a kids only activity, as I didn’t see any adults participating in the course.


The parents/carers were all down on terra firma, shouting encouraging thoughts above, who were hanging by the harness up to 60 feet above them in the tree tops.

The course becomes incrementally more difficult, and Miss 11 who was part of our group, piked out at Level 3, and had to be ‘rescued’ – which meant that an attendant had to climb a ladder and disengage you from the course.

Miss 13 and 16 kept going till Level 4, but were exhausted afterwards. A real endurance activity for some.

The Adrenalin forest is loads of fun if you are ever in Wellington, or Whitby surrounds.

Kids have exercise, fun, learn new skills, conquer their fears and the bonus is they are sun safe (in the shade) and cannot check mobile devices whilst they are up there!! I noted there was limited seating, (and nowhere to purchase refreshments) for adults who are watching, and the constant looking upwards was a posture most adults are not used to.

Like me, I suspect most of them could use a neck brace of sorts afterwards.

Something the young 19 year old me would not have to Ponder About

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Restless Jo
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42 thoughts on “Walking Around in Whitby”

  1. Love the poetic style, Amanda… ‘mountains of green velour’ seems very apt. It’a a beautiful landscape and as unlike English Whitby as any I have ever seen. 🙂 🙂
    Sorry for my curtailed response on your previous post. I have a lot of comments and was trying to repond to all of them before I start writing. For me that is often the main problem. Many thanks for this! I appreciate it.

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  2. I agree with you about the hills upon hills, smooth and green like velvet. Whitby is a lovely place to be. I usually just pass through on my way to Porirua. It’s been some time ago when I have passed there. The road has been changed from Stat highway 2 to Porirua.

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  3. What a lovely day you spent, rich in activities and wonders. I love these mountains and “green velvet brain” is the best description for them. I also love the garden gnome dog and the letterboxes and that bird. And the flower! All in all, wonderful.

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        1. That is very interesting that you saw similarities between the two, Manja! But Australia is very different again. No earthquakes for starters! You will just have to stop by here one day on your way to see NZ!! We would make you very welcome!

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  4. I love the uniqueness of the post boxes! Ours is a metal lock box with many of the homeowners each having a separate cubby that is also locked. I have to walk up the hill half a mile to get to it. Or stop when I’m coming from somewhere with the car. Very unattractive.
    As for the kids doing zip lines, I wouldn’t have tried that at any age. Glad they weren’t around when my kids were growing up. My heart or neck couldn’t have handled it. Love the scenery though.


    1. He he Marlene! I am now to old for zip lines too. Although I would have done it some years back. And sadly, the letter box is gradually declining in use so innovative design us not a priority. One day they may eliminate them altogether and we will have to go to the post office to collect the random letter that can’t be sent electronically.

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        1. It is sad to see things die out particularly when we still derive so much enjoyment from them. As long as ther is just one other who will responds in kind, we can still write letters and cards.

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        1. It is only 3 hours by plane for me, Dotty! In the good old days, one didn’t even need a passport to travel there. But now of course, you do. And there is so much to see. Definitely could fill up a whole month traveling about both islands.

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    1. Funny coincidence, Roger. You would know the area very well. You probably even cross paths with a few of my kin who are fitness junkies residing around there.


      1. It’s most likely that I have, I nearly always do the Porirua Park run every Saturday morning. If they don’t do it they should. The track is lovely.

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