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Locals and Tourists

by Robyn on June 10, 2010 in Uncategorised

Eric Fisher has been geomapping Flickr photos of cities around the world. He tracks the locations of photos taken by locals (blue) and tourists/out-of-towners (red). This is what Wellington looks like:

There are noticeable tourist areas around Te Papa, Mt Victoria lookout and Parliament. Tourists and locals are both dominant along Courtenay Place, Cuba Street, Lambton Quay and the waterfront. Aro Valley gets a locals-only burst of blue, as do Te Aro streets off the golden mile.

The New York version of this has been touted as a way for locals to avoid tourists, but the way Wellington’s compact geography works, there’s really nowhere to run. And besides, our tourists are quite nice.

Click though for a look at the bigger Wellington photo, and if you have any observations (or corrections of my notes!), share them here.

Robyn Gallagher

Robyn used to live in Wellington, but now divides her time between coastal Waikato and wherever. She can be found over at her long-running blog, watching too many music videos, or generally mucking around on the internet.

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Robyn June 14, 2010 at 11:37 am

A local is someone who lists Wellington as their location in their Flickr profile, a tourist is someone who lists their location as somewhere other than Wellington.

I suppose it could get a little confusing if, say, you live in Lower Hutt but work in Wellington, but the pattern seems to show a significant difference between locals and non-locals.


dritchie June 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm

How does he differentiate between photos taken by tourists and those by locals?


Robyn June 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I think it’s the Botanic Gardens.


Fish June 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Is that hotspot on the left Thorndon or Northland?


kowhai June 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Magic Robyn.

Ur cool.


Greig June 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

And besides, our tourists are quite nice.

You bet your ass we are! :) Looking forward to my next stint of tourism around Beervana time.


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