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15 Dec 2014 • 2 Comments
It's a well known and appreciated fact that you just cant beat Wellington on a good day, and now that summer is approaching it is time nearly time for us all to intentionally spend time outside again.
A recent project by Kemi Niko & Co., Miniature Hikes could be just the motivation for a short adventure off the beaten track. The public art piece is a series of seven colourful miniature huts located around the city. The idea is to ‘shrink the back country’ with the scale of the hike matching that of the wee abode.
The huts can be found in Mt Cook, Owhero Bay, Newtown, Aro Vallery, Breaker Bay, Mt Victoria, and Matiu/Somes Island. Getting to the Newtown spot involved heading up behind the zoo, crossing Melrose Park, and following along the Southern Walkway towards the Mt Albert summit before veering off the main track. I spent quite a while looking around the little green house, and through the corrugated plastic roof; its orange flag reaching out towards the bay.
Back on the trail at the Mt Albert lookout it struck me how far away I felt from the cars and concrete of the city. Hiking through the wilderness and staying in New Zealand’s Department of Conservation huts is an enduring kiwi dream. Located in some of our most remote country the Doc huts embody a part of our culture that we are really proud of; the land and environment itself, and our own physical ability to get ourselves there. Miniature Hikes gave me just a taste of that enjoyment; a small celebration of what for many of us can be a home away from home.
Wellington offers so many great walks and I think seeing the Kemi Niko & Co. huts needs to be added to my summer bucket list. Most of the sites have their own log book for visitors to note their experiences and, Kemi and Niko are inviting everyone to share pictures of their visits with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Images by Kemi Niko & Co.
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