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Get amazing views across Wellington Harbour to Pencarrow and down to the south coast from the Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout.
Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout (formerly Tinakori Hill) is a significant Wellington landmark and part of the Town Belt. It is also important historically to Māori and European settlement. From the lookout, you can get amazing views across Wellington Harbour to Pencarrow and down to the south coast. There are a number of walking tracks from the lookout and a picnic area.
Before European settlement, the entire ridgeline was known as Te Ahumairangi. When Europeans settled, one of the first roads constructed ran along the foot of the range. The story goes that Māori workmen were annoyed that they had to work without (kahore - meaning 'none') stopping for lunch - or dinner ('tina').
The phrase stuck, although anglicised, and both the road and the ridge were called Tinakore, and later, Tinakori.
Te Ahumairangi Hill also had an important part to play in Wellington's communications history. At its peak, Wellington Radio's 45 transmitting aerials sprawled across the 38-hectare length of the hill. The receiving station, demolished in 1975, stood on the site of the lookout.