Comfort Hotel Wellington
213 Cuba Street
Phone: (64) 4 3852153
Fax: (64) 4 3828873
Cuba Street is downtown's creative quarter with its eclectic array of old and new shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafes and slightly rundown aura. It is named after the New Zealand Company ship Cuba that arrived with some of the areas first settlers in 1840. A part of the street has been closed off to cars and provides a pleasant place to amble or take coffee al fresco. The kids will like it here too - there is a small children's playground and the beloved bucket fountain that could splatter those getting too close anytime.
Beth El is the older of the two synagogues in the central city. In the heart of the city the synagogue is situated off historic Cuba Street. Tours of the synagogue are available. Arrangements are made with if you intend to join a larger group.
Motorists arriving in Wellington cannot miss this picturesque central city church. On a corner site at the intersection of the motorway and two busy main streets (Ghuznee and Willis) St Peter's stands out among the other central city buildings. It was designed by Thomas Turnbull entirely of native timbers and features a striking bell tower, a distinctive Turnbull trademark. With its elegant stained glass windows and attractive main entrance it is worth seeking out by those with an interest in things religious or architectural.
This is one of Wellington's oldest churches. Wesley Wellington Methodist Parish stands proudly in the heart of the city on busy arterial route, Taranaki Street. Although one of the most central of city churches, the Wesley stands sheltered from the main road behind twin pohutukawas that form an attractive archway. This Methodist church, designed by Thomas Turnbull and built in 1880, is constructed from native timbers both inside and out. Refurbished in 1998, the Wesley Center next door, has a pleasant coffee bar with Christian bookshop attached.
Sprawling over a hilltop site above Willis street is St. John's in the City. Constructed from native timbers in the Turnbull style (see the Alexander Turnbull Library on The Terrace), St. John's is hidden from the main street by mature trees on its large site. Named St. John's in the City to reflect its changing parish, (one of the earliest churches in Wellington, built in the 1850s) St. John's recent refurbishment reflects that transition.
Only the verandah of this wee charmer is new, though in the course of its life, the house has been moved twice to make way for surrounding developments. The cottage was built between 1858 and 1863 on a large section neighbouring the St John's Church, and is typical of the design of its era. The first owner was William Spinks, a settler storekeeper whose family later used it as a school as well as a home. After Spinks' death, it was sold to the church.
The National War Memorial and Carillon commemorates the tens of thousands of New Zealanders who have died in wars over the last century. The memorial comprises a Hall of Memories and a carillon of bells that plays regularly over the summer months. Lunch-time recitals may be organized. Under the care of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this pride of New Zealand is one that remains very close to the hearts of its citizens and a splendid piece of architecture.
Built in 1858, this rare example of a pioneer cottage has been painstakingly restored to depict lower-middle class family life in colonial Wellington. The Colonial Cottage Museum is a unique and magnificent example of skilled workmanship and much of the original structure and detail remains, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Colonial Cottage Museum Society. If you are lucky, you may even get a chance to try your hand at pikelet making on the original coal range, which is still in excellent working order.
The eye-catching city to sea bridge is, as the name suggests, the link between the heart of the city and the nearby waterfront. Architecturally designed, the construction reflects the city's heritage and historic links with the sea. New and intriguing vistas await discovery on each return visit and from the many different vantage points afforded by the design of the bridge. Particularly stunning are the evening reflections, of the large copper globe above the square, in the windows of the council buildings. Note also the distinctive Nikau palms adorning the exterior of the public library.
This centre, on Cambridge Terrace centre just off the well known Courtenay Place, houses a shrine room. Visit to meditate or take part in one of the regular Introduction to Buddhism courses. Alternatively, join in one of the regular open Sangha (community of friends) that is held weekly. If you just want to have a look around, the staff here will be happy to show you. Call ahead to book your visit.
The Visitor Information Network is well-established national chain of outlets designed to provide a comprehensive information service to locals and visitors. The Wellington Visitor Information Centre is spacious and well-stocked with pamphlets, maps and other essentials. The friendly staff is passionate and well informed about the city scene. If you are traveling further afield they can even help plan your itinerary and make all the necessary reservations for hassle free travel! A one-stop shop, for all nation-wide travel and for information and bookings for nation-wide attractions, accommodation and activities.
This neo-Georgian beauty was originally built as a home and private surgery for Sir James Eliott, a practising general practitioner, who was Irish by birth but lived, worked and died in New Zealand. At the time of its construction it caused some controversy for its diversion from the typical timber building material but it now stands in scholarly splendour amongst the commercial surrounds. The double-pitched roof has been converted in the last 10 years to incorporate a third storey, but otherwise the building's original symmetrical character remains unchanged.