Wilton, New Zealand

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Wilton is located in New Zealand Wellington
Basic information
Local authorityWellington City
Land area246 ha (0.95 sq mi)[1]
Coordinates41°16′05″S 174°45′25″E / 41.26816°S 174.756944°E / -41.26816; 174.756944Coordinates: 41°16′05″S 174°45′25″E / 41.26816°S 174.756944°E / -41.26816; 174.756944
Population2,052[1] (2013)
NorthCrofton Downs
EastWadestown, Thorndon

Wilton is a small suburb in Wellington. It is best known for Otari-Wilton's Bush, a large reserve that is situated in the suburb. Otari-Wilton's bush is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. It features 14 km of walking tracks and a 'canopy walkway'. The canopy walkway is a raised walkway that provides a unique chance to view life in, and from, the top level of trees such as mature tawa, rewarewa and hinau.


School enrollment zone[edit]

Wilton is within the enrollment zones for Wellington College, Wellington Girls College, Wellington High School, Onslow College, St Oran's College and the Otari School.[2]

Primary schools[edit]

Otari School (Te Kura o Otari) is a decile 10[3] state-funded full-primary school nestled next to the Otari-Wilton’s Bush. The school encompass's three teaching styles. Montessori, Maori Immersion and the standard New Zealand curriculum. In 2014 it had a roll of 211.[4]

Cardinal McKeefry Catholic Primary School (which opened in 1970, but has origins back to 1876) is a decile 10[3] co-educational primary school for Year 1 to Year 8 (5 to 13 years old). In 2014 it had a roll of 100.[4]


Job Wilton was a sheep farmer; in 1861 he had a flock of 165 sheep, to be washed in the Kaiwharawhara Stream before shearing.[5] He subdivided his farm in 1915, but Wilton was semi-rural to the 1930s with little housing development until after World War II. A Sunday trip to Wilton’s Bush and Chapman’s Gardens (now the Otari Plant Museum) required walking from the Wadestown tram terminus. From 1944 a feeder bus ran from the terminus. A school opened in 1956. Wilton House in Blackbridge Road was built for Courtenay Place chemist Mr O'Connor and his sister in 1925.[6]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bremner, Julie (1983). Wellington’s Northern Suburbs 1840-1918. Wellington: Millwood Press. ISBN 0-908582-59-5.
  • Bremner, Julie (1987). Wellington’s Northern Suburbs 1919-1945. Wellington: Millwood Press. ISBN 0-908582-80-3.


  1. ^ a b "Community Profile: Wilton". Wellington City Council.
  2. ^ "eLearning Schools Search". Ministry of Education.
  3. ^ a b "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Ministry of Education School Rolls". Ministry of Education.
  5. ^ Bremner 1983, p. 28.
  6. ^ Bremner 1987, pp. 22,36,67.