Known for its culture, beautiful waterfront and wild winds, New Zealand's capital, Wellington, is one of the top destinations for tourists in the North Island. It is the country's political center and is filled with incredible art galleries, museums and an exciting nightlife to boot.
While you're in the city, popular attractions like Te Papa and annual events like the World of Wearable Art and International Comedy Festival are absolute must visits – but if you are interested in more than a bit of light entertainment and you want to explore some of Wellington history, there are a huge amount of beautiful and interesting historic buildings around the city.
When you are staying in Wellington, pay a visit to a few of these heritage buildings, get a glimpse of the architecture and learn more about New Zealand's capital.
Herd Street Post and Telegraph Building
Used by the Post Office until the late 1980s, the Herd Street Post and Telegraph Building was built in 1939. Today known as one of the city's most distinct art deco buildings, it was originally built five stories tall with two, full size tennis courts on the roof that were later demolished to add a sixth storey.
Built at the very start of the 20th century in 1907, the Odlin Building was the head office for C and A Odlin Ltd, hardware merchants. Its unique Edwardian design makes it stand out from its surroundings. Today, boutique apartments occupy some of the top floors as well as the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
Now known as the home of the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, the Bond Store also held the former Wellington Harbor Board. This building, like many others around the waterfront, was designed by architect Frederick de Jersey Clare. Construction finished in 1892 and the building remained almost completely unchanged until the museum opened just over 100 years later.
Now the Waterloo on Quay Apartments, Shed 21 is the tallest wharf building that still stands today. Originally built as a wool store and exhibition space for wool and wool products, construction of Shed 21 was completed in 1911. The space has remained, for the most part, unused until the Waterloo on Quay Apartments opened in 2001.
Take a tour of some of Wellington's heritage buildings. Walk the city and the waterfront by foot, soak in the atmosphere of the CBD and enjoy your stay in Wellington surrounded by historic and unique architecture.