The capital city of New Zealand since 1865, Wellington has been a focus of Pakeha settlement from 1840. It borders a magnificent harbour and boasts a varied range of architectural styles and heritage sites, complementing its claim as a culture capital.
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Right in the heart of 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 R Hannah & Co Ltd, Robert Hannah, his wife Hannah and their family.
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.
When built in 1929, the Chevening Apartments captured all the opulence and splendour of the time as designed by architect Llewellyn Williams. Spanning four levels, the reinforced concrete property, partially faced in brick and in stripped classical style, is an early and excellent example of luxury apartment living in Wellington.
At the storm-lashed entrance to Wellington Harbour, New Zealand’s first lighthouse tells stories of early settlement, shipwreck, and one very strong woman.
In its heyday New Zealand’s largest and grandest wooden building housed our entire public service. Government Buildings is an outstanding example of New Zealand’s architectural heritage and one of the great wooden buildings of the world.
A rare example of a purpose-built home and library, Turnbull House provides a welcome contrast in scale, colour and texture to the modern office buildings that surround it in downtown Wellington.