14 August 2014

Remember in our second Marine Parade post I spoke of the seaward pathway that ran alongside the places profiled, well that is part of a Rotary project, and our final post in this series wouldn't be complete without paying homage to the good works they have done in the community.

Not only does this cycle and pathway run from Awatoto in the south to Napier Port in the north, but it continues around past the port to Ahuriri too.

Here is one last north to south tour of Marine Parade.


The beginning of the track by the surf club and before Ocean Spa (a commercial pool facility).



Just one aspect of the views - this one's at the playground.



The Junior bike track, coffee cart and Danish ice cream stand (not pictured) are south of the playground.



A sculpture, Ecliptic, by David Trubridge, which in my mind looks like the Stargate is south of the junior bike track.  You can just begin to see the tip of Cape Kidnappers on the far right.  Further on from this is the National Aquarium.



There are several shaded picnic areas (some with bbq) which would be a great place for families to meet especially in summer.  The children could cycle or kick around a ball or do whatever they wanted on the expansive green spaces; while the adults enjoyed each others company.  It should be noted that the beach is not a swimming beach.  The sea floor of the beach was greatly altered by the 1931 earthquake and now there is a very dangerous rip.  Another reason for the cycle and pathway - to encourage people to use that and go no further onto the stony shores.



Out on it's lonesome at the southern end is the Gilray Fountain.  Recently recast and re-installed it continues to be a solitary place to sit; or if you are game to kick off your heels - to wade around in the water at the base.



Further south is the council dumping station, toilet block & car park, in case you were looking for that.  You are allowed to stay for one night at no charge only though, as the general council policy is against freedom camping in their backyard.

Hawke's Bay
07 August 2014

A playground speaks for itself.  You only have to have children to know what fascination a new place brings and how they can get lost for hours exploring.  Marine Parade playground is no exception.  We have been here many times and each keeps getting better.  The space is now divided up for little children, and older children; and includes lots of picnic facilities, a water fountain and bbqs.  There is an adjacent toilet block, danish ice cream stand and coffee cart between the playground and the junior cycle park. Oh, and the view!!  What more could you want?



[Photograph taken and used with express permission of parent.]






Hawke's Bay
31 July 2014


Ever been looking for something and missed seeing it?  That's the case when I recently discovered these toilets.  Yes, it is a toilet block, one of two, on Marine Parade.  I'd driven past so many times but it wasn't until I came at it from a perpendicular road that I saw it head-on.


Even close-up you struggle to consider it an outhouse, despite the toilet signs high above the doors.

It's located at the southern end of the car park, after the Skate Park, and before the now-closed Marineland.


Did you notice the building from our second Marine Parade post in this series; and the Sound Shell on the left from our first post. This painted panorama is an 180 degree mural from the northern end.



This building below depicts the Masonic Hotel opposite the Sound Shell.  

Had the artist completed the remaining semi-circle view it may have captured the Art Deco centre and the MTG (Museum, Theatre and Gallery) too.



This second public restroom is adjacent to the children's playground which we will profile in Marine Parade V - both great places for families visiting Napier to know about.


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