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“A superb family park that has something for everyone.”
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Wahine Memorial
Ranked #103 of 236 things to do in Wellington
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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Families, kids and adult time. This is all in one park - Churchill Wahine rememberance. The history lesson kicks off and the kids ask, "what's that chain, funnel, plaque?" You take them on a discovery and learn the parts of one of NZ's tragic maritime event. Inquiry into the event unravels from the plaque and you ponder on the people involved and the loving brave community that went to help the treacherous passengers. Memories of the 54 lives lost become apparent and you touch the cold metal funnels and anchor as if personified you think of that April 10 moment in time.
Your kids will write a story in school about it as you spend the time teasing out the facts of the tragic event. But you offer hope to a new generation by passing on the significance of Wahine and how lives were lost but many saved that aweful southerly day.
So ponder, reflect, have fun on the swings and keep the faith alive of Wahine for all to know as you look out yonder the calm bay of Steeple rock and round to Bearing Head.

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Hard to believe that the Wahine foundered so close to the beach nearby. Easy to walk around memorial artefacts and pay respects to those who lost their lives.

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Reviewed January 20, 2012

Churchill Park runs along the shore at Seatoun. There’s a bit of beach, but the most noteworthy feature is the Wahine memorial, commemorating the sinking of the inter-island ferry in 1968. There is a nautical themed sculpture overlooking the spot offshore where the vessel foundered, and an anchor salvaged from the vessel.

There is a path along the coast which goes past a number of small, mostly gravel beaches which seemed popular for fishing and kayaking. The view through Wellington Heads to Cook Strait was excellent, quite wild-looking. The park also has a really good children’s playground. If you’re out in the Eastern suburbs, this would be a lovely spot to visit on a fine day.

Thank Selsy
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