Story: Wellington places

Hazardous route

Hazardous route

Hemmed in by hills, the main routes out of Wellington city run along the narrow western edge of the harbour, beside the Wellington Fault. In a major earthquake, the city could be cut off from help, with drastic consequences. Recognition of this led to the strengthening of the motorway flyover (foreground) in the 1990s.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington places - Wellington City', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Mar 2016