With the last area of natural dunes of the Kapiti area and a mind-blowing history, the royal Queen Elizabeth Park is definitely worth a visit.
Kilometres of expanded green grassland and hills green of purple flowers: there is no way around it, Queen Elizabeth Park is beautiful. The park was created in 1953 and contains the last natural dunes of Kapiti Coast. The public garden is located on the Kapiti Coast and covers an area of 6,5 km2, which includes a pleasant beach. This all makes Queen Elizabeth Park the perfect spot to enjoy a long afternoon of swimming, fishing, hiking, cycling and of course a delicious picnic
Maori, World War II and the Queen
Along side it’s beautiful nature, the park is known for its rich and divergent history. Pā sites – fortified Maori villages – can be found at Whareroa and Wainui beaches. But that’s not all: the park was also the base of the 200.000 strong United States Army and Marines camps during World War II. And last but not least the name of the park: it was named for Queen Elizabeth II right before her coronation in 1953 and was opened during that year’s royal visit.
In the 1950’s and ‘60’s many recreation facilities were developed in New Zealand, including the camp ground and Wellington Tramway Museum near Queen Elizabeth Park. In this tram heaven you can spot historic Wellington through restored wooden trams that are displayed in a big garage. The 2km tram ride that takes you through Queen Elizabeth Park, down to the beach, is also part of the museum experience. PS: Don’t forget to treat yourself to a delicious ice-cream at the on-site ice-cream kiosk!