Photo: Johnny Huynen
While Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington is known as a government city, there is more to the coolest little capital than first meets the eye. From shoe empires, to wild windy lighthouses the capital has something for everyone, along with a rich history of government.
In the heart of Te-Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington is Antrim House, a prominent landmark in what was once a predominantly residential central city street. Its historic significance arises from its origins as the home of successful businessman and founder of Hannah's shoes, Robert Hannah, his wife Hannah and their family.
Old Government Buildings
In its heyday Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and grandest wooden building housed our entire public service. Old Government Buildings is an outstanding example of the country's architectural heritage and one of the great wooden buildings of the world.
Old St Paul's
Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral – still sacred, welcoming to all, and a tranquil sanctuary in the heart of the bustling capital.
At the storm-lashed entrance to Wellington Harbour, Aotearoa New Zealand’s first lighthouse tells stories of early settlement, shipwreck, and one very strong woman.