Plan for Point Dorset

13 June 2011

Point Dorset has always been an important part of town. For centuries the Miramar Peninsula site has been used by Maori and Europeans to protect the entrance to Wellington Harbour.

The Council and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, owners of the Point Dorset Recreation Reserve, are working together to protect its natural and heritage features, and to manage recreational activities.

The reserve - an undeveloped steep hillside between Seatoun and Breaker Bay - was the site of Oruaiti Pa. The area was also used by the Defence forces between 1905 and 1991 for coastal defence and military training from Fort Dorset.

Today, people visit Point Dorset to explore the historic features and coastal environment. Late last year, we invited you to have your say on how we manage and protect the reserve.

As a result, the Council and Trust have now produced a draft reserve management plan to guide the future care of the area and are inviting public submissions.

Later this year, we hope to start on some of the work - improving access and information, and restoring the site's ecological values.

The work will be funded through a grant of up to $400,000 from the Charles Plimmer Bequest.

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Monday 15 August.

Public Input - Point Dorset Recreation Reserve