Our Capital Spaces

An Open Spaces and Recreation Framework for Wellington: 2013-23.



Our Capital Spaces (1.5MB PDF)



Text version (75KB RTF)


This plan replaces and updates both the Wellington City Council’s Capital Spaces Strategy (1998) and Recreation Strategy (2003). The Council approved this plan on Wednesday 28 August 2013.

We proposed, during consultation on the plan, a range of initiatives to:

  • get everyone active and healthy
  • protect our birds, nature, streams and landscapes
  • contribute to Wellington’s outstanding quality of life
  • work in partnership with the community.
Brandon's Rock, Newlands.

Brandon's Rock, Newlands



As a result of the submissions we received on the draft plan, we have added or expanded a number of planned priorities for the next 10 years. The priorities include:

World-class mountain bike and walking tracks in Wellington

  • Develop world-class trails and facilities as key visitor attractions, in partnership with the mountain biking community.
  • Complete the Harbour Escarpment Walk and Skyline tracks. These tracks, in particular, will link communities and provide opportunities to build more short circular tracks.
  • Upgrade and maintain walking and cycling tracks.

Multi-use open spaces

  • Multi-use spaces (sports, recreation and parks)
  • Develop Newlands Park, Wakefield Park and Alex Moore Park into spaces where people can do lots of things in the same area.
  • Complete the Suburban Reserves Management Plan, including identifying important community and neighbourhood spaces.

Accessible information

  • Provide on-site signs and information (on paper, online and for smart phones) that can be accessed by everyone, including people with physical, hearing or sight impairments.

Enhancing the Halo project and biodiversity

  • Expand pest management and native planting.
  • Work with partners to deliver the Halo project buffer zone to expand the safe habitats for birds flying in and out of Zealandia.
  • Investigate protecting and/or acquiring important extra open spaces outside the current network. Particularly investigate protecting:
    • Watts Peninsula
    • Palmer Head
    • Belmont Gully
    • the Outer Green Belt between Johnsonville and Tawa
    • the Harbour Escarpment.

The Blue Belt concept

  • Develop Our Living City Blue Belt Programme to protect coastal, marine and water catchment areas and ecology.
  • Ensure relevant Council plans recognise the importance of the harbour, coast, wetlands, streams and catchments
  • Explore a Wellington Harbour Strategy as part of this.


  • Help expand partnerships, recognising that partnership requires resourcing from both sides.
  • Work as a region with other territorial authorities and Wellington Regional Council.
  • Expand actions around working with and supporting urban Māori groups and organisations.

Further details

For more information about the above priorities, and other issues raised during the consultation period, see:
Our Capital Spaces 2013 Consultation - Main Issues Raised and Responses (116KB PDF)Text version (23KB RTF)

Next steps

  • We will consult the public about how we fund the initiatives in the plan as part of the 2014/15 annual planning process between April and May 2014.
  • Longer-term initiatives will be consulted on during the development of the next Long Term Plan in early 2015.