Ōruaiti Reserve Improvements

Point Dorset

Ōruaiti Reserve

Improvements to Ōruaiti Reserve, which lies between Seatoun and Breaker Bay, were completed in November 2012 and included:

  • upgrading the main walkway (Te Ara o Kupe) from the Pass of Branda to Ludlam Street and onto Hector Street
  • constructing a waka-like feature marking the site of the former Ōruaiti Pā
  • upgrading tracks to improve accessibility to the military structures
  • starting the habitat restoration plan by planting more than 5,000 plants
  • creating new interpretive signage to tell the history of the reserve
  • installing new way-finding signage
  • landscaping the four entrance ways.

A dawn blessing of the reserve to celebrate the completion of the improvements took place on 21 November.

News - Blessing to Celebrate Ōruaiti Reserve Upgrade - 19.11.12

The $400,000 upgrade was funded through the Plimmer Bequest.

The Plimmer Bequest

Management plan

Wellington City Council and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust jointly developed a reserve management plan for Ōruaiti Reserve (formerly known as Point Dorset Recreation Reserve).

Council approved the final plan in October 2011:

 Ōruaiti Reserve Management Plan

The reserve management plan identifies:

  • the vision for the reserve over the next 10 years
  • the natural and cultural features of the reserve and how these will be protected
  • recreational activities on the reserve
  • actions needed to carry out the plan.

Award-winning work

Ōuraiti Reserve was awarded the international Green Flag Award for 2013/14 following this upgrade:

News - Ōruaiti Reserve Wins International Recognition - 08.01.14

More information

David Halliday
Walkways and Reserves Officer

Phone: (04) 499 4444
Email: david.halliday@wcc.govt.nz