Upcoming members’ events

There may be space on these events for non-members. If you are interested, please enquire via our email address: wgtn@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz

Saturday 28 November, 2pm (a walk) – Wellington’s 1920s motor town.

Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street were the centre of the fast growing motor industry of the 1920s. Ford cars were assembled in a nine storey building, now a hotel and the success of that enterprise funded the Hope Gibbons building. Nearby were display centres for other American and British cars.

Explore these and other reminders of a century ago on this walk, starting at 2 p.m. The tour includes afternoon tea in the building where Ford cars were assembled. Tour leader, Richard Norman, has explored this hidden history as a result of work for a centennial history of the founding of Rotary in New Zealand in Wellington in 1921. Key players in the motor industry were also founding members of Rotary.

Please RSVPby 23 November for the walk and confirm if you want to stay on for the afternoon tea at 3:30. This will be $9, which you will need to bring on the day. We need to give approximate numbers to the hotel so please be reasonably sure that you will stay on.

Image: Gordon H. Burt Ltd (studio), 1930-1932, Wellington – Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand: Chevrolet advertisement photographed in Lower Taranaki Street Wellington Probably the new premises of The NZ Automobiles Limited, Wellington “home of Buick Oldsmobile and now Chevrolet” and the building used from 1944 by Manthel Motors.


Saturday 30 January 2021, 10:30am: Island Bay history walk:  Committee member Vivienne Morrell will lead a walk around some of the suburb of Island Bay (her local suburb).

Island Bay was a “seaside resort” with a racecourse in the late 19th century. In 1900 the suburb was sparsely settled but by 1910 had grown considerably. We will look at how that happened and see some of the buildings from that decade, plus a few others.


Saturday 6 March, 10am Ōtaki visit – Children’s Health Camp and more

More details to come.