Wellington Adventures: The Stonehenge

I always look forward to visiting Wellington. There’s that initial glimmer of hope that the weather’s gonna be awesome for you (quite often, it’s not, but more on this later). It is a really long drive from Auckland. To maximise time spent there, we quite often leave around midnight and take turns driving so we have a full day mucking about in the capital.

But this time around, we also decided to venture out to countryside around Wellington. I have always wanted to visit this modern reconstruction of the Stonehenge. This New Zealand version was constructed to align with the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

Stonehenge Aotearoa
Stonehenge Aotearoa

Well I haven’t been to the (original?) Stonehenge near Salisbury, but this one definitely feels modern. Maybe because it is made of concrete slabs. There was  a video presentation at the entrance building that explains a little bit about Southern constellations, and its relationship with Maori constellations, sadly I remember little of it now. But there was definitely something about determining which solstice and equinox you are in based on where the sun sits in relation to the ‘Henge.

Stonehenge Aotearoa Interior
Stonehenge Aoearoa from the inside

Having played around here for a while, I wanted to create something whimsical, almost Led Zeppelin-esque. Maybe it’s the Celtic vibe I was getting from the Stonehenge. Cue Stairway to Heaven in the background, I guess.

Stonehenge portrait
Led Zeppelin inspired portrait

 

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