Historic Sites in Wellington

Historic Sites in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Historic Sites

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  • John L
    Cambridge, New Zealand212 contributions
    A great attraction for Wellington. I recall the old cable car prior to the late 70's and remember the kerfuffle losing the old cars with the external seating. Whilst the romanticism has been lost the new ones are certainly more practical.
    We enjoyed the ride and also the small museum at the top.
    Written 11 March 2022
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  • flyingeagle2223
    Dunedin, New Zealand317 contributions
    I did run out of time to view the inside of this church but loved the outside all the same, next time I return to Wellington I plan to visit again and take a look around the inside :)
    Written 9 July 2021
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  • Chris G
    Whangarei, New Zealand34 contributions
    Large, bright and airy station.
    Everything is well signposted and the staff are helpful and friendly.
    Toilets are clean.
    easy 10-15 minute walk into the centre of town
    Written 22 January 2021
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  • HKS
    1 contribution
    Excellent tour. Very informative. Heather was a fantastic guide and very kind in the squeezing my mother and I in at the last moment. Absolutely stunning building and garden and so accessible both in price and parking (free). Every Kiwi should do this tour and learn something new about the history of their country. I did not know the Bledisloes bought and gifted Waitangi grounds to New Zealand after Government refused to. A precedent for future irreconcilable land disputes perhaps?
    Written 27 February 2021
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  • Ken
    6 contributions
    Excellent- house garden, information and even the Dolls House “I seen the lamp”! The home has been beautifully restored.
    Written 14 November 2020
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    It is located on Lambton Quay in Wellington and it is one of the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. The Law Faculty of University of Wellington occupies most of the building.
    Written 2 December 2020
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  • Cameron A
    Mount Maunganui, New Zealand93 contributions
    I remember this place as a kid, going up there looking at all the gun in-placements and tunnel entrances. Since then (a long long time ago) a group of people have turned this into a great attraction with information boards about telling you of each piece and the reasoning behind it. It is just a shame that the tunnels are only open on select weekends and times. Great place for a good view over Wellington City.
    Written 10 October 2019
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  • FMW13
    Irvine, UK150 contributions
    This Government building is open to the public for free; you see the ground floor on a tour given by the lady at Reception. We didn’t book. It’s well worth a visit to see the house itself looking so incongruous surrounded by modern city buildings. And inside, the kauri wood, fireplaces and stained glass windows tell the story of the building’s occupants.
    Written 29 January 2020
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  • KiWombat-18
    Auckland, New Zealand78 contributions
    Went here to track down my Great Grandfather and a few other blasts from the past. The office was most helpful, and provided a map with directions to find the areas I was seeking.

    Also was able to find new information, as one of the graves I sought was a "double decker" with my ancestor downstairs and a more recently bereaved relative interred above.

    If you have any history here, then worth spending an hour or two.
    Written 8 October 2019
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson17,288 contributions
    In 2012, the building was officially closed because it was earthquake-prone. At some point, this may be remedied by some reinforcing means but, until then ...

    This 100+ year old 3 story brick beauty stands in stark and very dramatic contrast to the surrounding high rise modern glass monuments to the future. Nice that the past can also be remembered; looking back is not always a bad thing.

    The architectural design is stiff and formal and embodies elements of Scottish Baronial, Queen Anne, and even a little Medieval. It was to be the combination residence and library for Alexander Turnbull. He died at 49 of unnatural causes, way before his time was due.

    Alexander, once terribly wealthy, was bankrupt when he died. With no heirs (he never married), the house was bequeathed to New Zealand who completed the purchase in 1920.

    His was a sad end. A cocaine habit began as a prescribed treatment for his sinus problems but spiraled out of control. Several surgeries for collapsed nostrils followed and his habit grew. This dashing, handsome, man-about-town died a near recluse in a bad physical state of neglect.

    Knowing his sad story does help to put some flesh on the grand old building's bones.
    Written 25 March 2019
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  • Peter C
    Wellington, New Zealand626 contributions
    Premier House is the official residence of the Prime Minister of New Zealand. It sits on 1.5ha of land. We visited during an Open Day celebrating 150 years of Wellington becoming the capital city of New Zealand and we were able to visit all rooms except those occupied by the Prime Minister. The house has an "interesting" history having been cobbled together from four separate buildings. The house has been used a dental clinic, child-care entre and the setting for a variety of social functions. There is some nice furniture and the garden is very good. Premier House does not have magnificence of many other "older" Wellington buildings.
    Written 27 July 2015
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  • Holleylolliepop
    Auckland Central, New Zealand138 contributions
    Just a small thing I came across in the old bank arcade. Gives you lots of information on John Plimmer's. Would say it's a historical display. Not a must do but it's there for if you come across it.
    Written 16 February 2017
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  • Janine B
    Brisbane, Australia50 contributions
    This image is a photo of the chapel built by the side of Sexton's Cottage. It is a lovely example of the style used 100yrs ago. It is nestled on the fringe of the Wellington Botanical Gardens and well worth a stroll by. The cottage is very cute and makes a great photo too.
    Written 23 April 2016
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  • Lissel A
    Brisbane, Australia691 contributions
    I found this wonderful heritage site listed as part of the brochure "Explore Wellington: city to sea walkway" I obtained from the isite. Because we were staying at the Travelodge, we were able to walk up plimmers steps and follow the roads up to the cemetery using the map in that brochure plus other area maps. The Catholic cemetery is a protected heritage site, with many graves of maritime personalities and and church folk. We climbed all the way to the top where the largest headstone and plot turned out to be a group plot for priests enclosed by wrought iron with climbing roses and a bed of white bleached shells. Beautiful. And from up here, as well as lower in the cemetery, you get great views out over the city. I expect you could drive her via the roads in the University then walk down from the top to make it easier. If you're a fan of historic cemeteries as I am then this is a much more atmospheric destination than the Bolton St Cemetery (separate review), but complements it nicely with it's different range of "residents" and the catholic and maritime flavour.
    Written 30 November 2015
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