Steeple Rock Lighthouse
Camera last updated at: 2013-05-19 05:09:05 | This image taken at: 2012-07-10 13:27
Looks north up the harbour entrance towards Eastbourne.
Wellington Harbour is an arm of Cook Strait, covering 70 kmē, with a two-km wide entrance at its southern end between Pencarrow Head and the Miramar Peninsula.
The harbour is of tectonic origin, and a major earthquake fault lies along its western shore. At the northern end of the harbour is the narrow triangular plain of the Hutt River, which largely follows the line of the earthquake fault to the north-east. The city of Lower Hutt is on this plain.
The central city suburbs spread around the hills overlooking the west and south-west of Wellington Harbour and its two large bays: Lambton Harbour and Evans Bay. Lambton Harbour is surrounded by the reclaimed land of Wellington's central business district and contains the majority of the city's port facilities. Evans Bay is an inlet between Mt Victoria and the Miramar Peninsula on the flight path to low-lying Wellington Airport. Another smaller bay popular for its beach and cafes is Oriental Bay.
To the east of the harbour are several small bays, most of which are populated by small coastal communities. The largest of these suburban settlements is Eastbourne, east of the northern tip of the Miramar Peninsula.
Three small islands are in the harbour. To the south, close to Eastbourne, is Makaro/Ward Island. Further north, close to the centre of the harbour, is the larger Matiu/Somes Island, to the north of which is the tiny Mokopuna Island.
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Greater Wellington promotes Quality for Life by ensuring our environment is protected while meeting the economic, cultural and social needs of the community.
Greater Wellington's specific responsibilities include environment management, flood protection and land management, provision of regional parks, public transport planning and funding, and metropolitan water supply.
Some facts about the Greater Wellington region:
* The region covers a land area of 813,005 hectares and a maritime area of 786,700 hectares. There are 497 kilometres of coastline.
* The population of the region is 445,400 ( Statistics NZ, estimated resident population, June 2002).
* Greater Wellington manages 320 kilometres of river channels and 280 kilometres of stopbanks. We are responsible for one of the largest flood protection schemes in New Zealand.
* Around 35 million passenger journeys are made on the region's public transport system each year.
* Greater Wellington collects, treats and delivers about 155 million litres of high quality water each day, on average, to the Wellington, Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua city councils.
* Greater Wellington manages possum control programmes on approximately 322,000 hectares of land in the region each year.
* Greater Wellington manages 50,000 hectares of regional parks and forests.