Courtenay Place, Wellington

Courtenay Place, Wellington

Courtenay Place is an east-to-west street in Wellington. It is the main street of the Courtenay Quarter running from Cambridge Terrace to Taranaki Street. Courtenay Place is known for being an excellent spot to find restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. Buskers are regularly found on the street as well.

The first building erected at Courtenay Place was a butcher shop with three stories, a cellar and stables. It was erected in 1900 and designed by T.S. Lambert. It is now a heritage listed building that holds a restaurant and bar.

Courtenay Place has a strong focus on the arts. The New Zealand International Arts Festival is held on this street. It was also home to New Zealand's first professional theatre, Downstage Theatre. All three films in the Lord of the Rings trilogy held their world premiere at the Embassy Theatre on Courtenay Place.

Shopping is a popular pastime on Courtenay Place. Reading Courtenay Central Complex is a development that offers numerous shopping opportunities along with restaurants and a 10-screen cinema. It received the 2003 Property Council NZ Entertainment Excellence Award.

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Courtenay Place on Map

Sight Name: Courtenay Place
Sight Location: Wellington, New Zealand (See walking tours in Wellington)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Wellington, New Zealand

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