Wellington’s southern suburbs are a diverse landscape of primarily residential neighbourhoods nestled amongst plenty of green space. The area grew progressively from the mid 19th century in response to Wellington’s growth and demand for more housing. The suburbs form a belt extending south of the city, from Mount Victoria and Mount Cook closer in and stretching out to Brooklyn, Newtown, Berhampore, and Island Bay.
Mount Victoria, southeast of the CBD, is one of the city’s oldest suburbs. It takes its name from the hill on which the suburb is perched, and has retained its mostly 19th century architecture of wooden villas and cottages. The top of Mount Victoria offers panoramic views of Wellington and its harbour. Oriental Bay, nestled at the bottom of Mount Victoria, is a popular spot for its sandy beaches and broad promenade.
Mount Cook, on the CBD’s southern fringe, is home to Massey University’s Wellington campus. 6,582 people live there, a younger population than the Wellington average, many drawn by its proximity to both the university and the central city. Its neighbours are cosmopolitan Newtown, where Wellington’s largest hospital is located, and Brooklyn, a suburb named for the borough of New York City.
Brooklyn has a Central Park, named also for the New York City icon, and a number of streets named after former Republican US Presidents including Grover Cleveland, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Popular New Zealand band Shihad are notable former residents of the suburb. Brooklyn residents are generally well off, with 32% identifying as having professional occupations. At the top of Brooklyn Hill are the Wellington Wind Turbines; walking up to this landmarks offers spectacular views of the Wellington region, Cook Strait and beyond.
Berhampore is a residential suburb south of Newtown, once considered to be one of the top three locations for property investment in New Zealand. A small residential area is tucked away off the busy Adelaide Road thoroughfare, and the suburb is surrounded by an extensive green belt and golf course.
Further south along Adelaide Road, Wellington’s southernmost suburbs are Island Bay and the neighbouring Southgate and Houghton Bay. Island Bay and Houghton Bay each lay on the bay that shares its name; Southgate is a slim suburb largely surrounded by reserve and parkland, just inland from Houghton Bay. Island Bay is sparsely populated; its residents are largely families with comfortable incomes. Fishing and surfing are popular on Wellington’s south coast.
The City to Sea walkway begins in the heart of central Wellington near Parliament, and winds its way over 12km of varied terrain to end at the south coast in Island Bay. The route takes in many of the unique sights and historic landmarks of southern Wellington, including 14 parks and reserves.
"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless."
-Thomas A. Edison
November 24, 2015
It took years to plan and cost $20,000 to build, but an art installation for Wellington's Gallipoli dead lasted less than a fortnight before being "ripped apart" by vandals.
November 22, 2015
Dating game shows are back from the dead, but they've gone a little weird... come see our lucky contestants scrape the bottom of the barrel.
November 19, 2015
Businesses in the Wellington CBD were flooded after a water main burst as a massive mobile crane was being raised.
November 18, 2015
A group of blokes have recorded themselves casually drinking beer while driving two motorised picnic tables down a road in Perth, Australia.
November 16, 2015
"Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act."
November 12, 2015
Dubbed one of the most unique and important shows at this year's Edinburgh Festival, this is your chance to hear from the mystery Man himself. Part biting stand-up part comic State of the Union address, this one isn't for the faint of heart. Need more convincing?
November 11, 2015
Family and friends have been sharing their memories of Poneke rugby stalwart Misiluni Moananu, who died on Tuesday morning, a day after three All Blacks friends visited his Wellington hospice bed with the World Cup.
November 9, 2015
Like any two-wheel road user, the 300kg Giant Bike attracted plenty of toots from motorists on the highway when it was raised over Taupo this afternoon.
November 5, 2015
Wellington's East by West ferries are running a restricted service as 100kmh gusts hit the capital.
November 3, 2015
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
November 3, 2015
An anaesthetist could be punished after telling a woman enduring an "excruciating" painful C-section that she was not actually in pain.
November 1, 2015
Rocktober 2015 – A Series of rocking gigs showcasing the best of bands found in the Demon Energy Battle of the Bands National Championship and other favourite NZ bands
October 29, 2015
"Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love."
October 28, 2015
NZTA warned Hutt Valley commuters to catch a train on Tuesday morning after a medical emergency on State Highway 2.
October 26, 2015
One of the most breathtaking collaborations to come out of New Zealand in recent years returns to Aotearoa after shining on the global stage.
October 22, 2015
Victoria University's booziest hall of residence has sparked a neighbours' revolt, with a group banding together to curb rowdy students.
October 20, 2015
An unexplained bubbling in the middle of Waikato River has kept many Facebook users guessing.
October 18, 2015
"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul."
October 15, 2015
Proudly presented by the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the Japan Foundation, the Japan Film Festival is coming to Wellington this year again!
October 14, 2015
An application for another liquor store in Johnsonville has been rejected.
October 12, 2015
Coming back from the dead isn't something many can claim, but pet lamb Pooky has done it not once, but twice - and all in half an hour.
October 8, 2015
"I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world."
October 6, 2015
Ericsson is shedding one third of its staff in Porirua just two years after opening a plant to support the ultra-fast broadband rollout.
October 4, 2015
The force is strong in New Zealand - but not strong enough for a tax break.
October 1, 2015
Public transport fares in Wellington have increased rapidly in the past decade, but how do they compare to the cost of public transport in other New Zealand cities?
September 28, 2015
"You may delay, but time will not."
September 23, 2015
A 35-year-old British man landed himself a hospital after he took 35 Viagra pills in an hour, resulting in constant erections for five days.
September 20, 2015
In a Wellington premier, Sketch/Comedy comes to the Fringe Bar stage. The capital's top stand up comedians combine with one of New Zealand's sharpest cartoonists for a spontaneous mix of stand up and visual comedy.
September 17, 2015
Slack maintenance has been blamed for a Wellington train that derailed with 315 people on board, after part of the brakes fell onto the track.
September 16, 2015
"We're all working together; that's the secret."
September 14, 2015
It's clean and certainly green and now New Zealand's only cannabis museum is opening its doors for overnight guests.
September 10, 2015
The Medicine Stand-up Comedy Show’ – every Wednesday night brings you your weekly dose of fresh laughs, top Wellington comics and guest appearances by visiting comedians, as well as showcasing the rising stars in the Capital comedy scene busting to be the ‘next big thing’ in NZ comedy! The show won 'Best Show' at the Wellington comedy awards last year.
September 8, 2015
Leaders of New Zealand's Catholic and Anglican churches say they have the resources to take in 300 Syrian refugee families as the crisis in Europe escalates.
September 6, 2015
'My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
September 3, 2015
All southern Wairarapa towns are in the running for Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) upgrades as the Government kicks-off the next phase of its fibre roll out.
September 1, 2015
Fewer Wellington restaurants are being forced to shut their doors due to health and cleanliness concerns after the city council changed the way it applies the rules.
August 30, 2015
Hastings has been declared the nation's most beautiful city. But only two other cities put themselves up for the title.
August 30, 2015
The internationally renowned Alone It Stands returns to Wellington for a limited run from 19 August to 5 September, 2015.
August 27, 2015
The bongs of London's Big Ben have been mysteriously running fast over the past fortnight, clocksmiths have admitted.
August 26, 2015
Wellington police have arrested a suspect over a string of burglaries around the region and say more arrests are likely.
August 24, 2015
"All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter."
August 20, 2015
Say hello to Corduroy. He lives in Oregon with Ashley Reed Okura, and, at 26 years and 14 days old, he's the oldest documented living cat in the world, Guinness World Records officials confirmed this week.
August 18, 2015
A woman is in a critical condition after her car almost split in two when hit by a milk tanker in Wairarapa on Monday.
August 16, 2015
Wellingtons Finest Comedians get together to do a Stand Up Show which will be real 'Dank'
August 13, 2015
Scientists in the US have discovered a species of octopus that uses sneaky methods to hunt, engages in some romantic - if not a bit rough - sex and spends months breeding.
August 12, 2015
More than 90 sets of ashes remain unclaimed at Hutt Valley funeral homes as families fail to find a final resting place.
August 10, 2015
A fisherman probably wished this was the one that got away when a large mako shark repeatedly jumped out of the water near his small boat.
August 6, 2015
We have ‘The Medicine’ for you! This week’s show is hosted by Jerome Chandrahasen (Crowd favourite MC and back by popular demand) and headlined by Ben Powdrell (Triple threat comedian).
August 4, 2015
A Wellington nun born before the outbreak of World War I has died.
August 2, 2015
A badger is recovering at a Polish animal shelter after it was found passed out, drunk, on a beach.
July 30, 2015
Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
July 29, 2015
A spate of burglaries, criminal damage and disorder in suburban Porirua is being blamed on the pack mentality of a group of teenagers and children, some as young as nine.
July 27, 2015
Tawa College is presenting Fame - The Musical as its musical production for 2015. This is a high-energy show featuring some of the best singing, dancing and acting talent that Tawa College has to offer.
July 23, 2015
But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.
July 21, 2015
A central Wellington high-rise had to be evacuated after a skip caught on fire about 2.30pm on Monday.
July 19, 2015
A line-up of stellar international standup comics battle it out for your amusement and delight.
July 16, 2015
Wellington's hospitals are packed and patients with anything less than an emergency are being told to stay away.
July 15, 2015
I can completely take a second World War gun apart and put it back together again thanks to 'Band Of Brothers.' That's always useful. I've got lots and lots of random skills I'll probably never need again
July 15, 2015
I can completely take a second World War gun apart and put it back together again thanks to 'Band Of Brothers.' That's always useful. I've got lots and lots of random skills I'll probably never need again.
July 15, 2015