Below is a list of the top and leading Landmarks in Wellington. To help you find the best Landmarks located near you in Wellington we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Wellington’s Best Landmarks:
The top rated Landmarks in Wellington are:
- Wrights Hill Fortress – a coastline fortress in Wellington
- Massey Memorial – home to the tomb of the former NZ Prime Minister
- Wellington Cenotaph – a stunning World War-related landmark
- Wellington Cable Car – exciting activities at every stop
- William Wakefield Memorial – the capital city’s famed monument
Wrights Hill Fortress
Wrights Hill Fortress was constructed in the 1940s to serve as protection of the capital city region of New Zealand. The fortress is a coastal barrier to enemy attacks originating from the Pacific during World War Two. Selection of the site commenced as early as 1935 but construction was started only in March 1942. The area is equipped with an impressive network of underground tunnels, gun emplacements, and operation rooms. On open days, the Society members guide guests on a one-hour tour around the fortress.
Tunnels, Engine Room, Radio Room
“Interesting historical site. WWII artillery placements. Internal tunnels and rooms are only open a few days each year. Bring cash as electronic payment is not accepted.” –Alan Woods
Massey Memorial houses the tomb of former Prime Minister William Ferguson Massey. He served New Zealand from 1912 to 1925. The popular landmark can be found in the Point Halswell area of Wellington. Point Halswell was the former name of the area until it was renamed due to the threats posed by Russia’s presence in the Pacific after the Crimean war. An 8″ gun emplacement was put up in the area and soon after a gun pit was constructed. On the other hand, the memorial was the creation of Hansford and Mills Construction, a popular construction firm in the country.
Memorial, Gun Pit, Tomb
“Tucked away and only a short walk uphill to this well maintained memorial. Impressive views over the harbour as well as the structure of the marble memorial. Nice stop along the scenic coastal road.” –Chris B.
Wellington Cenotaph is a stunning landmark in New Zealand’s capital city area showcasing architectural and aesthetic value. It is a popular site home to a monument where rich history lies. The memorial area is closely related to World War One and Two histories and is a remembrance of the hard work and bravery of the people most especially the armed forces’ unit of Wellington and New Zealand. Sculptures were masterpieces of Richard Gross while the architectural aspect was helmed by Aimer, Grierson, and Draffin, a team of qualified architects.
“A great sight to include in your Wellington tour, it’s an interesting alternative to the national memorial down the road. It has very photogenic views to the Beehive too, being on the corner of government grounds.” –Andrew Sutherland
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Cable Car offers fun activities that can be enjoyed by all members of the family. Each station stop provides a range of activities perfect for all ages. The Kelburn terminal is close to the cable car summit wherein scenic views of the Wellington city community and the surrounding harbour is present. On the other hand, the Salamanca Station has play areas where kids can observe the cable cars while it travels forward and backwards. Also near is the Victoria University and Adam Art Gallery. Finally, the Lambton Quay stop sits close to the shopping hubs of the capital city.
Cable Top Eatery, Fragrifert, The Vest Practice Fashion Boutique and Gourmet Pantry, Picnic Café, Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand’s Parliament
“One of the city landmarks and easy transportation route to Botanical Gardens.” –Alexei K.
William Wakefield Memorial
William Wakefield Memorial was put up in commemoration of William Wakefield, a New Zealand Company official who played a key role in the European colonization of New Zealand. He came to New Zealand in 1839 and mediated land purchases from Maoris for the Company’s projects. This signalled a new settlement programme for Wellingtonias. During his death in 1848, a monument was constructed in memory of his contributions to Wellington and New Zealand. The landmark is a Greek-inspired memorial with 8 pillars and a frieze and in 1866 a drinking fountain was added.
Basin Reserve, Drinking Fountain
“A monument for William Wakefield, one of the founders of Wellington. This monument is located within the Basin Reserve.” –Rineet Subramanian