Wellington, New Zealand is the country’s capital city and boasts a thriving array of entertainment, culture and shopping for the curious tourist. It also boasts a range of natural beauty around which the city has been carefully crafted. Visitors might want to take advantage of a fine Wellington city hotel to truly soak in the natural and human-created sights on offer. Of the many Wellington New Zealand hotels on offer, a stay at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay would prove unforgettable, with its scenic vistas and the stylish interiors that truly pamper all guests.
Explore the many natural sights dotting the city’s landscape via the many walking trails that snake through the concrete jungle. A famous walk is the Southern Walkway, which boasts picturesque views of the harbour, and the central city at Oriental Bay, as well as the welcome shade and peace of the town belt to the impressive rugged southern coastline between Houghton and Island Bays. One historic feature of the walk is Charles Plimmer Park, which resides at the northern end of the walk on the lower slopes of Mount Victoria. It overlooks the panoramic cityscape, and it is a commemorative tree site. It offers excellent views of the harbour, and seats that capture the warm rays of the afternoon sun, so it is a perfect place to picnic and unwind with family and friends.
To get there is a short walk from Oriental Bay or Courtenay Place and the entry and exit points are through the top of Majoribanks Street or Palliser Road. For our four-legged friends, Charles Plimmer Park is a designated off-leash dog exercise site. The park was named after renowned philanthropist Charles Plimmer, son of the businessman and early settler John Plimmer. When Charles passed on in 1930, he left the income from his substantial estate to Wellington’s city council to beautify the city. The park is a lovely testament to his legacy and is an excellent stopover while trekking the city.