City to Sea Bridge Steps

FIND THESE STEPS – At the Wellington Civic Centre and across Jervois Quay to Whairepo Lagoon and The Boatshed and The Wellington Rowing Club.

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If there is a place in Wellington that is crawling with steps this is the one.

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The bridge links the harbour to the Civic Centre, the Central Library, the Town Hall, and the City Gallery.

There are many steps.

In the 1980’s Wellington Civic Trust ran a competition for a link between the city and the harbour and this became the solution in 1994. Designed by Rewi Thompson and John Grey the wood structure also holds sculpture by Paratene Matchitt.

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“It’s true you can’t live here by chance, you have to do and be, not simply watch or even describe. This is the city of action, the world headquarters of the verb.”

-Lauris Edmond (1924 – 2000) She also wrote “A poem is a confrontation with experience. It’s not an idea.”

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The really spectacular view of Wellington Harbour/Te Whanganui-a-Tara, also called Pōneke.

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The steps descending from the south side of the bridge.

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The steps on the north side.

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Frank Kitts (a former mayor of Wellington) Lagoon was rename on 17 December 2015 to Whaiepo Lagoon. The name reflects the Māori name for the eagle ray in the harbour. They are considered kaitiaki (guardians). (From the Land Information New Zealand name announcement)

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The view across the Whaiepo Lagoon, and below, the steps of The Boat Shed and the Wellington Rowing Club.

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