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Waitangi Park
Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Project Team

Lead Consultants – Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture (Wraight + Associates Ltd and Athfield Architects Ltd)
Environmental Engineering – Ecological Engineers
Landscape architecture – Government Architect’s Office Sydney
Civil + Structural Engineering – Spencer Holmes
Skate Park Development – Justin Wright
Illustration – Stantiall Studio
Client : Wellington Waterfront Limited
Project Status: Completed

Project Objectives

  • Create a world-class urban park
  • Harness the harbourside location
  • Provide amenity and multifaceted activity

Key Features

  • A high level of mixed recreational uses for a diverse range of users;
  • Sophisticated and effective environmentally sustainable design focussed on Water Sensitive Urban Design;
  • Connectivity to the urban framework within which the waterfront site is positioned; and
  • Amplification of the park’s physical components by woven narratives pertinent to the Wellington region, referencing both the natural and cultural heritage of the site.
  • Five (5) operative zones the promenades; activity zone (skate park, playground, petanque and half-court); cultural and ecological overlays; the field and environmental infrastructure.


Waitangi Park created a benchmark for sustainable landscape design in the Wellington Region. The park’s environmentally sustainable design and the water sensitive urban design strategy not only contributes to improved water quality but also contributes to the visual appeal of the park generating a unique character for the place. Sustainability features incorporated into Waitangi Park include:

  • Water conservation (daylighting + cleaning of Waitangi Stream, collection and treatment of storm-water, harvesting of storm-water for irrigation);
  • Quality improvement of urban storm water runoff (no net increase of pollution in natural water
  • Bio-diversity, cultivation and use of native species that were sourced locally;
  • Use of renewable energy (wind/solar power) and thereby the reduction of greenhouse gases.


Waitangi Park redefines the concept of the urban park for Wellington and displays innovations across a wide spectrum, from design and engineering to sustainability and interpretation.


Cultural narrative and histories are central to the design concept, with interpretation and including a waharoa and pou carved by local artists. Other interpretive elements of the design include the graving dock, powhiri mound and waka landing areas. Since its opening Waitangi Park has hosted numerous travelling exhibitions, performances and events and provided a valuable public outdoor arena for Wellington to showcase the arts.

Arts based activities are also integral to the daily life of the park expressed through the constantly changing aerosol art on specially installed screens associated with the skate park.



  • Supreme Winner – Wellington Civic Trust Award – Waitangi Park, Wellington
  • NZILA Sustainability Award of Excellence – Waitangi Park, Wellington

    • Supreme Award – NZ Institute of Architects – Waitangi Park, Wellington
    • National Urban Design Award – NZ Institute of Architects – Waitangi Park, Wellington
    • Award Mention – Torsanlorenzo, Italy – Waitangi Park, Wellington