Now limited to Foot, Public Transport (buses and trains) or kindness of others for transport after breaking my wrist (see previous post), I took a walk down to the Pumped Cafe in West Coast Road for breakfast.
Well worth a visit!
I enjoyed Scrambled eggs on toast and a cup of my favourite Lady Grey tea.. yum!
The cafe is located in the old railway station at Glen Eden train station and is a local historical landmark which was restored in 2001. When first opened, one of the stations functions was to service the nearby Waikumete Cemetery. Special trains were used to carry the deceased and their entourage from Auckland to the station which is close to the cemetery.
The land for Waikumete was purchased by the Crown between 1876 – 1881 and reserved as a public cemetery to replace the main cemetery for Auckland at that time (in Symonds Street) which was nearing capacity. ‘Waikomiti’ as it was then known, was officiially opened in 1886. The Symonds Street cemetery was closed in 1908 and Waikumete now serves as the main cemetery for the Auckland region. It covers 108 acres and is the largest cemetery in New Zealand.
The local newspaper features stories of some of those buried there – Tales from the Crypt. There are also signposted walks of interest around the cemetery which can be pleasant on a sunny day and are popular with local dog owners and walkers alike.