Queen Elizabeth Park on the Kapiti Coast

Regional Park: celebrating the past.

Queen Elizabeth Park on the Kapiti Coast is blessed with a rich natural, historical and cultural heritage.

Greater Wellington Regional Council engaged our landscape architects to develop the concept of a decentralised heritage precinct as a way of recognising heritage across the 650-hectare regional park.

“It was an exciting opportunity to look at the overall park, identify its key values and bring into focus the range of experiences and stories it offers that touch on many different periods of its history,” says landscape architect Marc Tomes.

Building upon the Council’s prior research and consultation work, the Queen Elizabeth Park Heritage Framework was developed based upon five key themes: natural, Ma-ori, farming, military and park history. The framework, including a spatial plan of heritage trails, hubs and nodes, will assist in planning the park’s future and highlighting opportunities for the public to be involved in celebrating Queen Elizabeth Park’s past and protecting its future.

Specific implementation actions are also listed, beginning with the development of the proposed MacKays Crossing Entrance Hub. The hub, which we designed as part of the project, is to include a proposed interpretation and visitors’ centre.

1 November 2012