Here are a few photos taken above Auckland from a scenic helicopter flight. Apologies that these aren’t up to Patrick’s usual standard as they were taken through the window on a phone.
First up Pt Chevalier and Mt Eden, classic dense but leafy street grids of villas and bungalows. In the second shot Eden Park stadium stands out as something peculiar, while the streetcar shopping strip heritage of Dominion Rd is clearly visible behind.
Next the city centre. Note the severance of the Northwestern Motorway and Ian McKinnon Dr in the first shot, and the comparatively low impact that the Southern Motorway has on the Newmarket side.
Here we have the domain, tantalisingly close to the City Centre, but with the motorway in between stretching the distance.
And of course the waterfront, showing Auckland finally embracing our greatest asset. I do wonder what happens once the great job on the Viaduct and Wynyard is finished. Will we turn east to do Quay Park justice, or will the container port send attentions elsewhere?
And to finish, the North Shore, new and old. First picture is the ‘industrial’ estate at Rosedale near the heliport. A good chunk of this is actually simple offices and retailing, with the rest warehousing. Textbook road widths, setbacks and car-only accessibility… and they wonder why Apollo Dr gets so congested in the morning. The second shot is Devonport, dense, walkable, lovely and well loved… and completely impossible to replicate today. Lake Rd also gets congested, but at least you can take the ferry or walk to the shops. When did our planning regime go so wrong?