FIND THESE STEPS – The Basin Reserve is now in the middle of a giant roundabout with Adelaide Road to the south, Cambridge and Kent Terraces to the north, and Buckle Street and Rugby Street forming the sides. That’s the Basin Reserve ahead of you when you leave the Mt Victoria Tunnel coming from the Wellington airport.
Steps to the Wakefield Memorial, with Mt Vic tunnel behind you.
The Wakefield Memorial was originally inside the Basin Reserve, then moved outside in 1917, and then moved inside in 2006. The memorial to William Wakefield, a principal of the New Zealand Company, was built in England in the 1850s, and placed in the Basin Reserve in 1882.
The Basin Reserve Pavilion, now called the Museum Stand, was built in 1924 and has been closed to the public from earthquake safety concerns since 2012, and will soon be restored by Wellington City Council.
The grand steps to the New Zealand Cricket Museum – closed now for the renovations until 2020.