Architecture / Art / New Zealand

Wellington’s Hot Zone: Cuba Street

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Just a few steps from where we’re staying is one of the coolest areas in town – Cuba Street.

It’s named after an 1840s ship that brought settlers to New Zealand, “The Cuba”, and it became the route of the Wellington Trams for many years. But with the advent of the automobile, the days of the trams were numbered. Finally, in the 1960s, the rails were taken up, part of the street was closed to traffic, and a wonderful pedestrian zone was born.

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In the past it was infamous for what went on …

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… now it’s cleaned up its act and is considered Bohemian. It’s a lively mix of architecture, merchants, galleries, eateries, and people.

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Cuba Street has it all – from A to V – acupuncture and chainsaws to tattoos and vinyl. You just never know what you’re going to find on Cuba street.

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The great pedestrian zone even has a fanciful playground for the kids, and a whimsical fountain with an unpredictable splash zone!

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And of course, no Cuba Street would be complete without Fidel’s Cafe!

Peace and Love,
Terri

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