Wellington's Civic Square is reminiscent of an Italian piazza; its outdoor cafés, benches, lawns, and harbor viewpoints make both a social hub and a delightful sanctuary from the traffic. The City Gallery, perhaps the nation's finest art space, the library, and the Town Hall concert venue are just steps apart. Architect Ian Athfield's steel sculptures of nikau palms are a marvel, and Māori artist Para Matchitt contributed the impressionistic sculptures flanking the wide wooden bridge that connects the square to the harbor. With its sweeping water views, this bridge is a popular spot for picnics or as a place to sit and dream.
Wakefield, Victoria, and Harris Sts., Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand