Mount Victoria, Wellington

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Mount Victoria
Wellington-FromTopOfMountVictoria.jpg
Wellington viewed from the top of Mount Victoria looking north-west from the top of Mount Victoria. In the middle of the image you can see the national museum, Te Papa.
Basic information
Local authority Wellington City
Population 5,226 (2006 [1])
Facilities
Surrounds
North Oriental Bay
Northeast Roseneath
Southeast Hataitai
Southwest Mount Cook
West Te Aro
Northwest Wellington CBD

Mount Victoria, locally abbreviated to Mt. Vic, is a prominent hill (height 196 metres) to the east of the centre of Wellington, New Zealand, and its associated suburb. To the south of it is a spur, Mount Albert, and the two are linked by a ridge.

Mount Victoria's original Māori name is Tangi Te Keo.[2]

The suburb of Mount Victoria is a mixture of residential and commercial activity on the western flank of the ridge above the southern end of the Wellington CBD, Te Aro. Adjoining suburbs, almost entirely residential, are Oriental Bay, Roseneath and Hataitai.

Government House, the home of New Zealand's Governor-General, lies on the slopes of Mount Victoria to the south of the Basin Reserve, between Mount Victoria and Newtown. Behind it is Wellington Hospital.

The distinctive Byzantine-style domed Greek Orthodox Cathedral is on Mount Victoria's western flank, St Gerard's Church and Monastery[3][4] is on its north-western flank, while the Basin Reserve sports stadium and National War Memorial lie near its foot. Schools in the area include Wellington College, Wellington East Girls' College and Clyde Quay School.

The Hataitai Bus Tunnel and the Mount Victoria Tunnel (SH1) run beneath the ridge, connecting the central city with Wellington International Airport, Evans Bay and the Miramar Peninsula.

Panorama of Wellington from Mount Victoria at night

Lord of the Rings connection[edit]

Mount Victoria was used twice as a location in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The very first footage on the project was shot off Alexandra Road on 11 October 1999, called the "Get off the road" scene. Followed by the "Escape from the Nazgûl" scenes a few hundred metres to the North. Later an old quarry at the top end of Ellice Street was used as the Rohirrim camp at Dunharrow.[5]

Famous Moonrise[edit]

The Mount Victoria Lookout is the location where the video, Full Moon Silhouettes was shot. It was filmed by photographer Mark Gee at moonrise on 28 January 2013. The real time video footage shows silhouettes of people gathered up on the lookout watching a huge moon rise, and quickly became an internet sensation, gaining international media attention and viewed by millions worldwide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quickstats about Mt Victoria West
  2. ^ "Manuscripts and Pictorial". Alexander Turnbull Library. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "St Gerard's Church". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "St Gerard's Monastery". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Brodie, Ian (2003). The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook. Harper Collins. ISBN 1-86950-491-7. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°17′46″S 174°47′40″E / 41.2961553°S 174.7944786°E / -41.2961553; 174.7944786