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Dominion Observatory


32 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington

Built in 1907 to track New Zealand standard time, the Dominion Observatory kept the country on time and played an international role as part of a global network of timekeeping observatories.

From 1916 the first official seismological observations from within New Zealand were recorded here. Automated equipment continues to measure local seismological activity.

This Edwardian Baroque style building has an unusual orientation because it was built over the magazine of the Garden Battery (1896). The battery’s underground concrete bunker remains intact and was adapted to house seismological equipment.

Take a walk through the Botanic Gardens or catch the cable car up to the Observatory where you will be rewarded with fantastic views over Wellington City and Harbour. Pack a picnic or stop at the nearby café. While there why not take the opportunity to view the nearby Garden Battery.

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