A visit to Wellington, New Zealand should include several notable landmarks and places that show the city’s heritage and natural beauty. These Wellington sites consist of historic buildings, impressive parks and gardens, and conservation areas. Three impressive sites are described on this list.
Wellington Historic Places
Wellington has several sites of historical significance, which are featured in several walking and heritage tours of the city. These tours often include a visit to one of the city’s oldest structures, the Colonial Cottage Museum. Another stop is the old home of New Zealand’s prominent writer, Katherine Mansfield, who lived in Wellington in the late 19th century. Old St. Paul, a gothic revival cathedral built in the 19th century, is also another historic landmark in Wellington.
Wellington Botanic Garden
Located on hilly land near Wellington Central, the municipal botanic garden consists of 25 hectares of protected forest land and gardens. A horticulturist delight, the gardens have been recognized as an area of national significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. Development of the garden began in 1891; since then, management has faithfully maintained the facilities, including the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and the Begonia House. The Carter Observatory and the Wellington Cable Car Museum are also located within the botanic garden.
The Karori Sanctuary
Not far from downtown Wellington is The Karori Sanctuary, a 225 hectare forest that is surrounded with a barrier fence to keep invasive species out and to protect the endangered animals living within the area. The Karori Sanctuary is home to some of New Zealand’s endemic fauna, including the spotted kiwi and tuatara. The ZEALANDIA: Karori Sanctuary Experience has interactive exhibitions, sound and light shows, and tours by experienced guides. The ZEALANDIA exhibition and show takes visitors on a journey 1000 years back before humans inhabited New Zealand.