Story: Wellington region

The last glaciation

The last glaciation

During the last glacial period, about 18,000–20,000 years ago, Wellington had no harbour, and the mainland had not separated into two islands. Cook Strait was already in its present position as a deep gulf.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 June 2023)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015