Fodor's Expert Review Civic Square
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 (one of the nation's finest), 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 place to enjoy a picnic or just sit down and dream.