Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour (Self Guided), Wellington

Mount Victoria is a hill, 196 meters high, in Wellington. It offers incredible views of the sea and the city, and there are some very popular attractions at its foot. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most special places of this part of Wellington.
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Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour
Guide Location: New Zealand » Wellington (See other walking tours in Wellington)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Author: vickyc
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Oriental Bay Beach

1) Oriental Bay Beach (must see)

Oriental Bay Beach is one of the best beaches in Wellington. This is also a beloved waterfront walk where one can see several sculptures, such as the tail of the whale, and walk on the pier. The beach is very popular for its champagne-colored sand brought from Takaka, South Island.
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Saint Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery

2) Saint Gerard's Catholic Church and Monastery

St Gerard's Church and Monastery collectively form one of Wellington's most distinctive and iconic landmarks. Both buildings are classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic places by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

Built in 1908 for the Redemptorists, the church was the first in the world to be dedicated to the Italian saint Gerard Majella. In recognition of this status, the church used to house an oil painting of St Gerard in Ecstasy, which was gifted by the Holy See.

Built in 1932, funded by public donations, the three storied Monastery was constructed as a home for the Redemptorists.

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Mount Victoria and Byrd Memorial

3) Mount Victoria and Byrd Memorial (must see)

From the top of Mount Victoria you can contemplate the panoramic view of the city, bay, docks, and even the far away Hutt Valley. At the very top, you will find the Byrd Memorial. Byrd was the first person to fly over the South Pole in a plane. The memorial is in the form of a tent that was used during Antarctic expeditions.
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Greek Orthodox Cathedral

4) Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, located on Mount Victoria, was build in the 1940s, it is one of the very few Greek Orthodox churches in Wellington. The distinctive Byzantine-syle domed Greek Orthodox Church - The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary was consecrated in 1970 by Metropolitan Dionysios Psiachas, the first Archbishop of the Holy Metropolis of New Zealand. The current Metropolitan of New Zealand, Bishop Erithron Amfilochios Tsoukos elevated the church on Hania Street to cathedral status. The church is not very big, but is nevertheless a very distinctive landmark.
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Government House

5) Government House

Government House is the principal residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand.

It was designed by Claude Paton in the office of John Campbell, Government Architect. Built between 1908 and 1910, the house's grounds total 12 ha, and the house is 4200 m². There are 27 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms in total including staff quarters as well as a ballroom, various sitting rooms, state rooms, service rooms and wing offices, all of which are tended to by about 30 staff. The grounds, which have been endorsed as a 'garden of National Significance' covers some 12 ha and includes a police lodge at the main gate.

In 2010 the House celebrated its 100th anniversary.

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Wellington Zoo

6) Wellington Zoo (must see)

Wellington Zoo is nestled in the green belt of Wellington. Now over 100 years old, it was the country’s first Zoo and has 13-hectare (32-acre) dedicated to over 100 different species of fauna from across the globe. Wellington Zoo is a significant contributor to conservation efforts including breeding programs for endangered species such as the Sun Bear and Sumatran tiger, as well as spreading conservation and sustainability messages to the wider community.

Wellington Zoo was opened in 1906 by the late Prime Minister Richard Seddon, after he was given a young lion - later named King Dick - by the Bostock and Wombwell Circus. Over time the Zoo was expanded and upgraded, and committed itself to a future in environmental education, bringing animals and people closer together.

Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:30 am – 5 pm

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