Wellington Heritage Trails

Wellington Heritage Trails

Discover fascinating stories about New Zealand’s capital at your own pace with a walk to some of our most important heritage places.

Turn your mobile device into a personal guide by visiting: wellington.govt.nz/heritagetrails

Or pick up a brochure at Wellington City Council’s offices at 101 Wakefield Street or the Wellington City Library at 65 Victoria Street.

Explore the following trails:

Te Ara o Tupuna

Immerse yourself in the history of Wellington’s original Māori residents whose culture, settlements and industry have helped shape our capital’s identity.

Maritime Trail

Starting at Shed 21 on Waterloo Quay, the trail follows the waterfront round to Oriental Bay, passing many former Wellington Harbour Board buildings. Highlights include the fine brickwork of Shed 21 (built in 1910), the late English Classical style Queens Wharf Offices , and the Art Deco Post and Telegraph Building on Herd Street.

Old Shoreline Trail

This trail takes you as close as possible to Wellington’s former shoreline. Start your walk at the seaward corner of Herd Street and Oriental Parade. Fourteen brass plaques set in the paving along the route show where the shoreline was in 1840.

Art Deco Trail

The inter-war period was a rich time for Wellington architecture, with 200 new non-residential buildings constructed between 1919 and 1939, 30 of which you can see on this trail.

World War 1 Heritage Trail

Follow some World War 1 procession and parade routes in Wellington from the Parliament precinct to the National War Memorial and Carillon, the Basin Reserve and beyond.

The city trails are easily negotiated by wheelchair. Part of Te Ara o Ngā Tupuna is a driving trail and some sites visited on this trail have steps.

This is a self guided event through the online and physical brochures. No booking is required.

Location: All tours start in Wellington City

Cost: Free

Wellington City Council

Wellington is New Zealand's centre of government and the world's southernmost capital city. It is also the country's cultural capital, third most populous urban area in New Zealand and home to many museums, theatres and arts festivals.

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