JUNE 2006

ORIENTAL BAY IN WELLINGTON, THE CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND

A substantial and innovative reworking of the land and seascapes of Oriental Bay, the project
involved the creation of three beach areas, with a new pier and peninsula, new changing rooms, a
new playground and new seating. Work started on the redevelopment in December 2002, and the
beach was officially opened in January 2004. 

The Capital of New Zealand, Wellington, is also a cultural centre, home to Te Papa, the ground-breaking
interactive Museum of New Zealand, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and national treasures such as the
original Treaty of Waitangi and Katherine Mansfield’s Birthplace. The city is compact and interesting, nestled
between a dramatic harbour and bush clad hills. Great views can be found at the top of Mount Victoria, or by
catching the cable car up to the Botanic Gardens. Downtown Wellington is ideally explored on foot. Made up
of four quarters each with their own distinct mix of shopping, cafes, transport, accommodation, Wellington's
intense urban experience is unrivalled in the country.

The central city area of Wellington is the place to see performing arts, particularly ballet, theatre
and musical performances. Local cuisine is sophisticated and inventive - an abundance of excellent cafes
and restaurants are within walking distance of all the major hotels. The waterfront has been transformed
into a graceful promenade with shops, restaurants, activities and elegant landscaping making it a real
draw for visitors and locals alike. The new state of the art sports and entertainment Stadium is just a
short walk from downtown.

A different side of Wellington can be found along the western Kapiti Coast. The route follows the rugged
coastline, providing spectacular views. Off the coast is the world famous bird sanctuary on Kapiti
Island. The warm climate and relaxed lifestyle of this area have given birth to a luxurious style of
country life - there are olive groves, feature gardens and unique Bed and Breakfasts. Just north of
Wellington city is the Hutt Valley, an area that offers a multitude of outdoor and adventure experiences
including bush and coastal walks, 4WD (four-wheel drive) tours, golf, mountain biking and fishing.
 

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