Whitby and the Nautical Names

Time for some housesitting – this visit brought us to Whitby. Another place that we’d passed by several times, though not visited. While we’d not call Whitby a tourist town, it suited us.

Whitby and the Nautical Names
Whitby and the Nautical Names

Whitby is a relative new suburb which began in 1971, however the development started in the 1960s. It was named after James Cook, hence why its street names have a nautical theme. We found one called ‘Optimist Way’ – was this because all sailors are hoping for a good day sailing/fishing and returning home safe – we think so.

Whitby Street Signs
Whitby Street Signs

Whitby Walkways

While developing Whitby, walkways were designed and created. Whitby is a very hilly suburb and there are many walkways between the various streets. Some are curved, some are steep and Jo found one that was very steep. A great workout for her legs though.

Walkway between Spyglass Lane & Optimist Way
Walkway between Spyglass Lane & Optimist Way

Additionally, there are underground tunnels so there is no need to cross the main roads. Fortunately, most walkways are on Google Maps so you can plan your walks. Some of the smaller walkways were not – though if you like walking, just wonder the streets and explore the walkways and see where you end up.

Underground Tunnel
Underground Tunnel

Nishio Japanese Gardens

During one of our walks, we found the Nishio Japanese Gardens. The Japanese Sakura cherry trees were planted to commemorate the 1998 signing of Porirua’s sister city relationship with Nishio. The trees were very bare when we visited (June). We look forward to returning when the trees are in full bloom.

Nishio Japanese Garden
Nishio Japanese Garden

Whitby Lakes

The lakes can be found behind the Whitby Village shops. The Lower Lake is located behind the Whitby Village Shops. Whereas the Upper Lake is across the road. The Lower Lake is on the flat and easy to walk around. On most days the water fountain is on. Though the first time we saw the fountain it was very windy and the water was spraying to the side inside of up. There are also plenty of ducks at the lake waiting to be fed.

Lower Lake, Whitby
Lower Lake, Whitby

The Upper Lake is smaller and you’re not able to walk around it. There are exit points that take you to other streets if you don’t want to walk back the way you came. The Upper Lake is not as long as the Lower Lake, however we did enjoy the walk beside it. There was more native planting and it was very quiet and peaceful.

Upper Lake, Whitby
Upper Lake, Whitby

The Yardarm

While out walking, we came across the sign ‘The Yardarm 5 mins’. So we decided to see what the yardarm was. We did notice that the pathway went up, up and up. When we got to the top (which took more than 5 mins), we discovered The Yardarm is the name of the street at the top. Another walk – another good work-out for the legs.

Looking down on The Yardarm Walkway
Looking down on The Yardarm Walkway

Spinnaker Summit Lookout

Jo, having woken up early and energetic, decided it was time to take on the Spinnaker Summit Lookout. It is not possible to drive to this lookout, although there were three access points from different streets. Of course, Jo walked from our housesit and choose the longest walk up.

Spinnaker Summit Lookout
Spinnaker Summit Lookout

The views are 360 deg and spectacular. You can see Porirua, the Pauatahanui Estuary as well as Whitby. There are information boards at the summit as well as the Time Capsule. This was prepared to record the opening of the summit in 2013.

Overlooking the Porirua Harbour (Pauatahanui Arm)
Overlooking the Porirua Harbour (Pauatahanui Arm)

The Lookout

Simply known as ‘The Lookout’ on Google Maps, The Quarterdeck Reserve is located at the end of The Quarterdeck. Additionally, there are carparks so is more accessible for those who require vehicles to get around. While not as high as the Spinnaker Summit Lookout, it has excellent views and also has information boards.

The Lookout lookung East
The Lookout looking East

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