Oriental Bay was originally known as Duppa, after the first and only resident at the time, George Duppa who later renamed the area Oriental Bay after the ship that he arrived in New Zealand on in 1840. The area was originally farm land and was used as a quarantine with a nurse and tent on the beach and by whalers, which resulted in a pungent odor from the boiled whale blubber. Settlement of the area started in the 1880s and was expanded with the development of public amenities in the early 1900s such as the Te Aro Baths and the Band Rotunda in 1918. While Mount Victoria provides stunning 360 degree views of Wellington City, the harbour and the ocean to the south. Mount Victoria is part of the Wellington Town Belt, land set aside in 1841 by the colonial New Zealand Company for a "public recreation ground for the inhabitants of Wellington".
Wellington view of Oriental Bay & Mount Victoria
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