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Stop 4

Old Bank Arcade

Old Bank Arcade @chelebanks Old Bank Arcade @chelebanks
Old Bank Arcade Edwardian interior now an upmarket shopping centre Old Bank Arcade Edwardian interior now an upmarket shopping centre

Old Bank Arcade, built in 1901 by Thomas Turnbull, now has a great food court and upmarket stores is located on Lambton Quay. The Arcade is unmissable due to its elaborate nineteenth century facade.  The Old Bank Arcade is part of the intriguing story of the Plimmer’s Ark. The remains of the hull timbers of the ship Inconstant were discovered during renovations. The vessel had foundered at the entrance of Wellington Harbour in 1849. Businessman John Plimmer had salvaged it and beached it at the southern end of Lambton Quay. It became a warehouse and was soon dubbed Plimmer’s Ark. The ship’s remains were a major find that captured the public’s imagination. A piece of history was restored.

The Old Bank Arcade is the place to visit to get some retail therapy, re energize at the food court and admire the city’s most exquisite mechanical clock.  You cannot miss the massive clock situated in the main old entrance.  Your day finishes in the heart of Wellington.

You are in the vicinity of Wellington’s transport networks. The train system connects to the Hutt Valley, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast, the public bus. Perhaps an evening meal in Cuba Street again as you didn’t have room for the delicious looking Mexican stall as you were indulging in Middle Eastern kebabs the night before.

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