Landscape Notes

Observations of places and things in a disconnected postmodern world

Category: Laybys and Rest Areas

Rest areas are places that people use very little these days; usually people are in too much of a hurry to stop and rest. I'm sure this has not always been the case. When cars were slower, and perhaps less comfortable, it was less imposing on our sense of urgency to pullover and take in the view while enjoying a thermos of tea. These days roads and highways are maintained and improved, but rest areas are often not, and thereby maintain a degree of cultural heritage and nostalgia.

En-route Taupo

— Napier-Taupo Road, Hawkes Bay.

— Napier-Taupo Road, Hawkes Bay.

Rest area. State Highway 4

This rest area I photographed from the passenger window of a car as we passed by at 100km/hr. The angular rocks of the rest area were cut from a local quarry and placed in an array that creates a natural flow for traffic entering and exiting. The rocks also prevent hoons from doing wheelies on the grass and provide an interesting form to the place.

Rest area. State Highway 4, North of Taumarunui.

Rest area. State Highway 4, North of Taumarunui.

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Pull-off Area

Pull-off area. Mountain Road, Mt Ruapehu.

Pull-off area. Mountain Road, Mt Ruapehu.