It was first settled in the early 1840s by New Zealand Company colonists and named in honour of their young queen, Victoria.
The suburb nestles on the sunny slopes of Mount Victoria, known to Maori as Matairangi. The Town Belt, a legacy of Wellington’s founding fathers, provides precious green space and outdoor recreation opportunities on Mount Victoria.
Mount Victoria has been home to a range of interesting characters. Some were prominent persons who played an important role in Wellington’s past, while others simply have a fascinating story to tell.
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***Sept 2020 News: The Wellington City Council is consulting on its Spatial Plan for Wellington – which could have significant impact on Mount Victoria’s heritage. Read our reports, analysis and submissions .