City Orientation Walk, Wellington

Wellington, jokingly referred to as "Windy Wellington" for the strong winds blowing across the Cook Strait, is also said to be the “coolest little capital in the world”. The list of the local sights drawing tourists to the city in their thousands is long – from Lambton Quay with its iconic red Wellington Cable Car to Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand) to Civic Square, home to the City Gallery, the National Theatre for Children and many other cool places of interest. To see them all (well, almost) in one go, try and follow this orientation walk!
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: New Zealand » Wellington (See other walking tours in Wellington)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: australia
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Civic Square

1) Civic Square (must see)

Civic Square is an open public area at the centre of Wellington. It marks the boundary between the financial district to the north and the entertainment district to the south.

The square is surrounded by council buildings each with a distinctive architectural style: the town hall and council offices, the Michael Fowler Centre, the central library, the City-to-Sea bridge which Capital E is part of is home to the National Theatre for Children and creative technology experiences, and the City...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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City Gallery

2) City Gallery

The City Gallery in Wellington was first opened in 1980 in a different building. Built in 1940 in an Art Deco style, the gallery's current building originally housed the Wellington Public Library. The Gallery is set in the Civic Square. There you will see the best exhibitions of contemporary New Zealand art, as well as work done by international artists. The art displayed in its temporary exhibitions is extraordinary, and both challenges and captivates the visitors.

Operation hours:...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Albatross Fountain

3) Albatross Fountain (must see)

The Albatross fountain is to be found by the waterfront. In the evening, when the sun goes down, the fountain is transformed as it is brightly illuminated. The creator of the Albatross is Tanya Ashken, who started out on her creative journey at the age of 7. She is well known internationally for her sculptures of marine creatures and...   view more
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Frank Kitts Park

4) Frank Kitts Park (must see)

Along the Wellington waterfront there is the fascinating Frank Kitts Park. The park is named in the honor of Frank Kitts, the longest-serving Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand, having held the post from 1956 to 1974. The park is always crowded with people just walking or who are here with their children, who can play in the safe playground situated within the park. The park is also home to a number of wonderful artistic sculptures, the most impressive of them is the water sculpture "The...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Old St. Paul's Church

5) Old St. Paul's Church (must see)

Old St. Paul's is a former cathedral in the Diocese of Wellington of the Anglican Church. It is an example of 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture adapted to colonial conditions and materials.

Old St. Paul's was designed by Reverend Frederick Thatcher, then vicar of St. Paul's, Thorndon.

The foundation stone was laid by Sir George Grey in August 1865. The church was consecrated by Bishop Abraham on Trinity Sunday, the 27th of May, 1866.

Old St. Paul's is now...   view more
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Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul

6) Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul (must see)

St Paul's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington and the seat of its bishop of Wellington.

Work began in 1955, and was completed in 1998. It was constructed in reinforced concrete due to the effects of the 1931 Napier earthquake, making other choices impractical. It began functioning as a cathedral in 1964.

The wooden Lady Chapel is on the "north" side of the cathedral. The Lady Chapel was moved to Wellington Cathedral from its original site...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Parliament Buildings

7) Parliament Buildings (must see)

Situated on a 45,000 square meter site, The Parliament Buildings house the New Zealand Parliament. The Parliament Buildings include: the Parliament House, the Executive Wing, the Parliamentary Library and Bowen House. An earlier wooden Parliament House was destroyed by fire in 1907 along with all other parliament buildings except the library. A competition to find a replacement design was announced by Prime Minister Joseph Ward in February 1911 and 33 designs were entered. The winning design, by...   view more
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Beehive

8) Beehive (must see)

After the scottish architect Sir Basil Spence provided the original conceptual design of the Beehive in 1964, it was built in stages between 1969 and 1979. The Beehive is the common name for the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings. The building is ten stories (72 m) high and has four floors below street level. The core of the entrance foyer is decorated with marble floors, stainless steel mesh wall panels, and a translucent glass ceiling. The Beehive's brown roof is made...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lambton Quay

9) Lambton Quay (must see)

Lambton Quay (once known as "Beach Street") is the heart of the central business district of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. 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...   view more
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Cable Car

10) Cable Car (must see)

The Wellington Cable Car is a funicular railway, rising 120 m over a length of 612 m. It is widely recognised as a symbol of Wellington.

The Cable Car has two cars, which start from opposite ends of the line and pass in the middle. They are attached to each other by a 30-mm diameter cable, supported by 120 rollers, which runs round a pulley at the top of the hill.

The normal operating speed is 18 km/h (5 m/s), with a maximum passenger load of around 100 (30 seated, 70 standing).

The...   view more
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Old Bank Shopping Arcade

11) Old Bank Shopping Arcade

Old Bank Shopping Arcade is located in a building that was previously occupied by the Bank of New Zealand. The buildings original design belong to Thomas Turnbull. Opened in 1999, the arcade has exclusive boutiques, many of them owned by local New Zealand designers. You will also see an animated clock that tells the historical story of Plimmer's Ark. There are cafes and restaurants...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St Mary of the Angels

12) St Mary of the Angels (must see)

St Mary of the Angels is a Catholic church.

The building, is classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

The current building was opened in 1922, and is the third church built on the Boulcott Street site.

Architecturally, the design is traditional Gothic of French influence. Also innovative in that it is 'the first...   view more
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Willis Street

13) Willis Street

Willis Street is located at the heart of the central business district of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Willis Street is one of the four 'quarters' of downtown Wellington, the others being centered on the Cuba Quarter, Courtenay Place and Lambton Quay.
The two tallest buildings in Wellington, the State Insurance Building (formerly known as BNZ Tower) and the Majestic Centre, are both located on Willis Street. There are a large number of heritage buildings registered by...   view more
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Courtenay Place

14) Courtenay Place

Courtenay Place is the main street of the Courtenay Quarter in the Wellington, New Zealand inner-city district of Te Aro. It is known for its entertainment and nightlife. Many restaurants are open late and most of the bars stay open until dawn. It contains offices, accommodation, tourist shopping, entertainment, food, art and buskers offering many genres of free performance. Pedestrian traffic is substantial around the clock. Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Courtenay Place form what is known...   view more
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

15) Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (must see)

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand. It is branded and commonly known as Te Papa and Our Place; "Te Papa Tongarewa" is broadly translatable as "the place of treasures of this land".

The 36,000 square meter building opened in 1998.

The History Collection includes many dresses and textiles, the oldest of which date back to the sixteenth century The History Collection also includes the New Zealand Post Archive...   view more
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Cuba Street

16) Cuba Street (must see)

Cuba Street is one of the most prominent streets in Wellington, New Zealand. The section between Dixon Street and Ghuznee Street is a pedestrian mall. It is one of the more bohemian areas of Wellington, and is the home to an eclectic collection of cafes, op-shops, boutique, small fashion stores, art galleries, and music shops. It is the center of one of the four 'quarters' of downtown Wellington, the Cuba Quarter. The northern end is more commercial, with an abundance of retail stores,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Wellington, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Creating your own self-guided walk in Wellington is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Wellington: Petone Walking Tour

Wellington: Petone Walking Tour

Petone is the landing point of the first settlers to New Zealand. The distance from Petone to Wellington is about 10 km. The road leading there lies along the bay, offering splendid views. Petone is an exciting destination with several museums and churches. You can also take a walk on the wonderful pier. This self-guided tour will lead you through this historic region of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Wellington

Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Wellington

New Zealand can be a perfect place to entertain your entire family. There are several playgrounds around the city and unique museums about the life of this remote archipelago. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular children's attractions in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Landmarks Walking Tour in Wellington

Landmarks Walking Tour in Wellington

New Zealand is a set of islands in the Pacific Ocean that was isolated from the rest of the world for many centuries. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is a city rich in history and culture as it is populated by immigrants from around the world. This self-guided tour will lead you through some of the outstanding landmarks of this magnificent city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Museums Walking Tour of Wellington

Museums Walking Tour of Wellington

Wellington has several museums that offer a deep understanding of the culture and traditions of its people. This self-guided tour will lead you through the museums of Wellington, museums which reveal the history and culture of New Zealand.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

When immigrants first arrived in New Zealand they brought their beliefs. Most of the first settlers were Christians. The second church built in Wellington, in 1855, still stands today and is a great historic site. This self-guided tour will help you explore the churches and other religious monuments of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington

Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington

Wellington can satisfy almost any shopping desire with its huge variety of shops. You can find fantastic and unique items here. For instance, there are many local designer shops where you will find stylists who can help you create your own specific wardrobe. This self-guided tour will lead you through the best shops in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km