Monuments & Statues in Wellington

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Monuments & Statues in Wellington

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  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,764 contributions
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    A poignant site for remembering World War I. We took an Uber from the CBD. It is a short 10 minute drive. The main building is not open due to renovations. You can see the memorial contributions of several countries. Doesn't take more than 10 minutes but well – worth seeing. Check out my reviews of other tourist sites in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Brisbane. Feel free to give me a like if you like this review. There is a Salvation Army thrift store across the street if you are interested.
    Written 8 January 2024
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  • onitada
    Wellington, New Zealand229 contributions
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    Situated along the Wellington Coast heading towards Moa Point from the airport, or from Seatoun. It is also part of the Eastern Walkway. The two parks offer two differnt periods in New Zealands history from an old Maori Marae site, Rangitatau and Pioto Pa, and the Ataturk Memorial Park, whose focus is on World War One and the Gallipolli Campaign. The paths are a mixture, from well maintained through to sand and soil, which is dog friendly.
    On a good day the views are stunning from the the Ataturk Memorial Park, and there are a number of park benches that you can use to take it all in, which is good considering that there are a few steps, but not difficult. There is also a tsunami safety sign a little bit up the track, if this sort of thing is a potential deterante to visiting this place for you. There is also a beach to visit, and a small carpark with spaces available.
    Written 29 April 2024
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  • onitada
    Wellington, New Zealand229 contributions
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    I went to the Massey memorial on a Saturday afternoon. Managed to get a car park below the Memorial. I could image that on a busy public or school holiday these parks would fill up fast. The walk up to the memorial is brief, maybe ten minutes. The path is not paved all the way. The memorial itself is incredibly beautiful and makes you think of this man and also his wife and the contribution they made to New Zealand and its history especially WW1.

    Up towards the back of the Memorial is a dirt track that leads you up towards the WW2 anti aircraft defense bunkers that have graffiti pastured all over them, which gives it another dimension as a modern day canvas for artists. The walk to the bunkers is perhaps ten minutes so is quite brief. This area also seems to be a good spot for dog walkers.
    Written 7 September 2019
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  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,953 contributions
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    Located near the Parliament House, this Cenotaph commemorates New Zealanders’ service and sacrifice in major global conflicts. It is important to remember and reflect on the deeds of those brave men and women who served their country well.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,953 contributions
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    John Plimmer was influential in developing Wellington. It is fitting that he is portrayed walking with purpose accompanied by his dog. It creates a warm and welcoming statue that should bring a sense of happiness.
    Written 10 February 2024
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  • MikeFo
    Brighton, UK1,061 contributions
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    Fascinating statue in bronze leaning into the wind of the bay. There are steps down next to probably to rescue those who over-stretched themselves getting a selfie!
    Written 10 October 2023
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  • julesten2016
    Melbourne, Australia2,909 contributions
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    For all the dog lovers, this is the Mills & Boon of the dog world.
    This monument (Drinking Fountain) is a lovely tribute to man's best friend.
    Stop read the plaque and leave feeling good.
    You too will wander where Paddy once did.
    Written 11 April 2019
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  • kpiddy
    Brisbane, Australia14,003 contributions
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    Located in Midland Park, Lamberton Quay is a stand-out sculpture of a famous female New Zealand author and poet, Katherine Mansfield, born in 1888 but died at the young age of 34. Her writings were modern for the times and considered rebellious, the statue of her has been constructed out of stainless steel, verses of Katherine's works have been laser cut into her hair and clothing.
    Written 26 August 2019
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  • Bea T
    Melbourne, Australia162 contributions
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    Take the walks and see the wind sculptures and water fountains of Wellington. It’s a city that celebrates it’s essential geography and turns strong winds and choppy seas into beauty.
    Written 8 March 2020
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  • Sachin K
    New York City, NY6,509 contributions
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    Kuppe statue is interesting with it’s unique look and was unveiled at this spot in March 2000, but has a long history before this date. It consists of Kupe Raiatea, the great Maori explorer and discoverer of Wellington harbour, his wife Te Aparangi and tohunga Pekahourangi. Certainly worth a photo stop.
    Written 29 November 2019
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  • Sachin K
    New York City, NY6,509 contributions
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    This unique statue is located between the city center and the waterfront, at the entrance to Civic Square from the city to the Sea Bridge. This is the 'split pyramid' that you can walk through before you go down the stairs to Civic Square. The paved walkway between the two sides of the pyramid represents Māui's fishing line, unravelling from the mountain to the sea. Te Aho a Māui means the fishing line of Māui, who is a hero from Māori mythology. Certainly worth a photo stop.
    Written 29 November 2019
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  • Lissel A
    Brisbane, Australia667 contributions
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    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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  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, CA3,570 contributions
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    Memorial is at the top of mount Victoria. Ya can look up his history as an explorer.
    Great views. Drive up or hike-walk up.
    Written 1 April 2023
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  • Paulleighton
    Melbourne, Australia139 contributions
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    I think the idea of a Greek / NZ memorial would need to appeal to you on a personal level to make this worth while.

    It's pleasant enough but located in a noisy and busy traffic area. I would suggest that it's worth checking out if you are wondering past but not worth going out of your way for
    Written 3 July 2015
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  • george von
    36 contributions
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    If you are into collecting and taking photos of early English history around the world monuments here is another excellent well maintained monument. Opposite Halswell hotel, motel on the grass verge separating Cambridge Tce from Kent Tce . Both Streets named after English places ENGLAND.

    The bronze monument to Queen Victoria standing imperiously under power lines and bus lines between Kent and Cambridge terraces was Wellington's first significant sculpture and one of its most controversial.

    It was planned after Victoria's death on January 22, 1901, and commissioned from one of Britain's most established artists, Edward Drury, best known for the figures of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and a collection of allegorical figures above the main entrance of London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

    The Wellington monument was set in Post Office Square and unveiled in April 1905 by New Zealand's governor, Sir William Plunket, who liked to think the statue would welcome immigrants to the harbour like a modest Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, however beckoning it was from the water, it caused traffic issues on Jervois Quay, and was relocated to its present site Kent Tce and Cambridge Tce. Efforts have been made to return it, but Post Office Square businesses and residents object.
    Written 5 October 2019
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