Lambton Quay, Wellington

Lambton Quay, Wellington

Lambton Quay (once known as "Beach Street") is the heart of the central business district of Wellington. Originally, as the name implies, it was the high-water line of the foreshore, and sometimes the sea would roll across the road and enter the shops on the opposite side. It was the site of the original European settlement in 1840 (following initial settlement on flood-prone land at Petone), which grew into Wellington. In the 19th century Pipitea Pa was situated at the extreme northern end of Lambton Quay – the section of road in this area is now known as Thorndon Quay.

Lambton Quay is named after John Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham, the first chairman of directors of the New Zealand Company.

Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Courtenay Place form what is known locally as the Golden Mile. Much of the city's retail trade is now centered a little further south around Manners Street and Cuba Street, but Lambton Quay remains a major commercial thoroughfare. It is also of administrative significance, with the New Zealand Parliament Buildings towards the northern end. The Wellington cenotaph is also located at this end, next to Parliament.

The Wellington Cable Car runs from Lambton Quay to the top of the Botanic Garden.

The length of Lambton Quay is punctuated by several notable sculptures.
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Sight Name: Lambton Quay
Sight Location: Wellington, New Zealand (See walking tours in Wellington)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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