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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Wellington Harbour, Port Nicholson. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Wellington's wind-buffeted airport is on land uplifted from the sea by earthquakes. In Māori tradition, the harbour was once a lake occupied by two taniwha (supernatural creatures). One of the taniwha created the harbour entrance by breaking out to the open sea. Polynesian navigator Kupe is also believed to have visited Wellington Harbour.

Wellington Harbour,

Historic earthquakes,

Taniwha of the sea,


Islands in Wellington Harbour,

Prisoners of war on Somes Island,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Wellington Harbour - Roadside Stories