I went downtown to a meeting this evening and realised there was large cruise ship (the Pacific Sky, which apparently holds 1200 passengers) tied up at the Overseas Terminal. This is pretty unusual as a) it’s the middle of winter and b) cruise ships don’t often tie up there any more — they generally go down to Queen’s Wharf or if they’re too big then they go down by the Stadium and the logs waiting to be shipped overseas. Plus that whole area down by Chaffers Street is a huge mess while the Council transform an area the skateboarders used to use (Chaffers Park) into a new Waitangi Park, and upgrade a ghastly old historic building.
I grabbed a couple of shots with my Ericsson K700i camera phone, so quality is poor. You can easily see some of the extensive redevelopment of this part of the waterfront and marina though.
You can’t really see the two story Overseas terminal building — its roof is the grey line about on a level with the ship’s own demarcation between the white upper part and blue-grey lower part.
The consensus at our meeting was that the cruise ship is probably providing accommodation to the “Barmy Army”, supporters of the British Lions rugby team which is touring the country at the moment. There’s a big match in Wellington this weekend and there are obvious signs of the impending invasion. Huge marquees have appeared further along the waterfront, and some of the main streets will be closed to traffic all weekend.