Wellington waterfront

Wandering along the wonderful Wellington waterfront is one of the top 10 Wellington must-dos.

Panoramic view from harbour to the city.

Getting there

It’s an easy walk from Wellington Railway Station or the central business district. Or if you’re coming by car, there’s plenty of parking on the waterfront.

Sights and activities

Discover Wellington waterfront. Popular activities along the waterfront include skating, biking, powering the paddle boats, or taking a kayak out onto the harbour. There are numerous artworks and sculptures to admire and heritage trails to walk along. Frank Kitts Park has a very popular lighthouse slide for young ones and Waitangi Park has skate ramps and areas for youth.

Places to eat and drink

There’s a variety of places along the waterfront to eat and drink − from cafes to restaurants, bars and fine dining: Eat and Drink – WellingtonNZ.com 


Heritage trails

Maritime Trail (942KB PDF)

Old Shoreline Trail (1.37MB PDF)

Waterfront - From Post Office Square to Te Papa (357KB PDF)

History of the area

Find out more about the history of the waterfront, including early settlement and reclamation work: History of the Waterfront Area

Events on the waterfront

Traditionally, the waterfront area is host to many annual Summer City events including Waitangi Day celebrations, the Positively Pasifika concert, Southeast Asian Night Market, dragonboating festival, and Chinese New Year, as well as the Guy Fawkes fireworks. 

If you’re wanting to hold an event on the waterfront, you’ll need to get in touch with us – we can help with organising an event

Photo gallery


Management of the waterfront area

Wellington City Council manages the waterfront area including:

  • managing daily activity on the waterfront, including property management, cleaning, security and general maintenance
  • promoting and restoring its heritage buildings
  • supporting commercial development of the area
  • managing the TSB Bank Arena 
  • staging public events and conferences in the area
  • providing information about waterfront development to the public.

Wellington Waterfront Limited

Wellington Waterfront Limited (originally Lambton Harbour Management Limited) was set up by the Wellington Harbour Board and Wellington City Council in September 1987 to develop and manage 20ha of waterfront land extending from Waterloo on Quay Apartments (Shed 21) along the waterfront to include Clyde Quay Wharf. 

Wellington Waterfront Limited is a Council-controlled organisation. In July 2014 it transitioned into Wellington City Council as a business unit (City Shaper) with a changed brief to extend beyond the waterfront and include a wider responsibility in other parts of the city with a focus on place shaping, project management and urban design.

More information

Ian Pike, City Shaper Manager
Michael Faherty, Waterfront Project Director

Phone (04) 499 4444
Email info@wcc.govt.nz