Commonwealth Walkway an asset for the Capital

5 November 2015

The final route for Wellington’s Commonwealth Walkway was announced today, following a ceremonial unveiling of a plaque by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at Pukeahu National War Memorial.

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, and former Governor-General His Excellency Sir Anand Satyanand, right, unveiling a Commonwealth Walkway plaque.

The official unveiling of the plaque at Pukeahu National War Memorial

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The Commonwealth Walkway connects 32 significant monuments, parks, buildings and historic places along a 9km loop in the Capital. The final route included community suggestions on points of interest to add to the walkway.

“We received a number of really great suggestions which showcase points of interest across the Wellington CBD,” says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. “The hard part was choosing the final 32.”

Mayor Wade-Brown says the Commonwealth Walkways will be promoted across The Commonwealth with the aim of inspiring young people to walk for their physical and mental wellbeing.

“The Commonwealth Walkway will link many of the Capital’s sites of cultural and historical importance, and promote our city’s heritage,” she says.

“As well as being the Coolest Little Capital in the world we’re also one of the most compact and walkable, so Wellington is a perfect location for this walkway. It will also provide an interesting way for tourists to discover our city.”

Wellington coordinator for Living Streets Aotearoa, Ellen Blake, has welcomed the Commonwealth Walkway as a good idea that will encourage people to go walking.

“The walkway is a great asset for the city and will encourage people to visit points of interest highlighted along the way,” she says.

The Commonwealth Walkway concept has been developed by the London-based Outdoor Trust which has permission from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to use her personal EIIR cypher to mark the walkway adjacent to agreed points of interest.

Their Royal Highnesses unveiled  a plaque bearing the cypher for the Commonwealth Walkway during his official visit to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park today.

The former Governor-General His Excellency Sir Anand Satyanand formally unveiled the first marker at the Wai-Titi Landing at the front of Parliament grounds with Mayor Wade-Brown as part of the Capital’s 150th Birthday celebrations in July of this year.

Find out more about the project: Commonwealth Walkway

There will be a few parts of the walkway where a fully-accessibly alternative route is indicated.

The 32 points of interest to be showcased in the Commonwealth Walkway are:

  • Government House
  • Basin Reserve
  • Pukeahu NWMP
  • Parihaka Memorial
  • Holocaust Centre
  • Peter Harcourt seat
  • Nairn St Cottage
  • Subject to Change sculpture
  • Bucket Fountain
  • Wellington Town Hall
  • Civic Square
  • Wellington Information Centre
  • Old Bank Arcade
  • Cable Car Lane
  • Katherine Mansfield statue
  • Kumutoto Stream soundscape
  • Reserve Bank Museum
  • Cenotaph
  • Wai-Titi Landing
  • Beehive
  • National Library
  • Old St Pauls
  • Gandhi Statue @ Wellington Railway Station
  • Ngā Kina sculpture
  • NZ Portrait Gallery
  • Museum of Wellington
  • Frank Kitts Park
  • Wharewaka
  • Solace in the Wind sculpture
  • Te Papa
  • Tripod sculpture – Tribute to Wellington film industry
  • Queen Victoria Statue