Wellington Historic Sites

Historic Sites in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Historic Sites

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  • turkish grill house
    Lower Hutt, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was amazing and very good view you have to make sure youre wearing comfortable shoes if you want to walk down to botanical garden
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The organist was practicing while we were there, poor acoustics surprisingly. Very nice interior and the story is meaningful. Wouldn't make this a destination but part of walking around that end of the district. Too bad the library is closed and you need reservations at the Beehive.
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • Christopher G
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    Visiting the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand was an absolute delight! From the moment I stepped onto the grounds, I was greeted with stunning architecture and beautifully manicured gardens. The guided tour provided fascinating insights into the country's history and governance, and I was impressed by the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. Exploring the elegant rooms and learning about the important role the Government House plays in New Zealand's democratic process was both educational and inspiring. The grounds were simply breathtaking, making it a truly memorable experience. I highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in history, politics, or simply appreciating the beauty of New Zealand's capital city. If you get the opportunity to tour you should definitely do it!
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • Neil B
    Auckland, New Zealand1,439 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An important piece of NZ history. Carefully researched restoration of Mansfield's birthplace with an interesting outline of her life. A nice combination illustrating both the way of living for middle-class NZers around 1900 and the life of the famous author. We'll worth a look.

    There's a great 'eye spy' activity sheet for the little ones, that's actually good fun for the grownups!
    Written 24 June 2023
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  • onitada
    Wellington, New Zealand229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My first job was working for the then Education Department in the Old Government Building, although the rooms I worked in are not accessible to the public today, as the oldest wooden building in the southern hemisphere is shared with the Victoria University Law School. I chose to visit after the cruise ship season had ended, which meant fewer crowds. There are several rooms which offer different perspectives and times in New Zealand history. On the first floor are the old cabinet rooms, where history was made. It is worth a visit, and it is free.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,954 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Wellington Railway Station is centrally located and close to the waterfront. This is not surprising as this is the flattest part of the city. The building is a grand structure and a reminder of how impressive these buildings were when they were first constructed. The other interesting feature is the statue of Gandhi as you approach the Station’s forecourt.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • Elyse
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I first experienced Wrights Hill Fortress when I was about 10yrs old. As most locals do I take for granted what's available in my own backyard only returning to Wrights Hill recently. I was very generously offered a tour inside the fortress due to a cancellation by another group. Wrights Hills is a fascinating set of structures with some surprising historical artefacts I've not seen anywhere else. I highly recommend attending one of their open days or if there is a group of you, booking in a private viewing.
    Written 18 March 2023
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  • Peter C
    Wellington, New Zealand611 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Janine B
    Brisbane, Australia48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • KiWombat-18
    Greymouth, New Zealand91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • FMW13
    Irvine, UK193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Lissel A
    Brisbane, Australia667 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson20,631 contributions
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    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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  • Holleylolliepop
    Auckland Central, New Zealand157 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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