It had been raining most of the day, however on the way home we decided to detour up to the lookout point on Paekakariki Hill Road. The weather was just starting to break late in the afternoon, so it created a gorgeous view looking out over Paekakariki, the Kapiti Coast and Kapiti Island.
Constructed between 1878 and 1886, as funds permitted, this Gothic revival style Cathedral in bluestone was designed by Francis Petre, who also designed the neighbouring St Dominic’s Priory. The first church service was held in the cathedral, in February 1886, and was completed in May 1886 at a cost of £22,500.
The decorations and church furniture for St Joseph’s Cathedral were carved by L. J. Godrey, brought to New Zealand by William Larnach to work on his “castle”, which was also being built at the time.
I had the pleasure to venture on to capture Kapiti Island for a day with Bryn Evans and explored some of the amazing sights and sounds there. One of the tracks makes its way up through and past the Okupe Lagoon and Valley, where you are accompanied by Tui, Bellbird, Weka, Kaka and Kereru.
Every so often the scene is broken and through the Kanuka trees you spy the world beyond, fantastic.