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Sheltered swimming beaches and bays make up the southern Hutt Valley along with a rugged and beautiful south coast with three lighthouses to explore.
The Māori name for Wellington, and for Wellington Harbour, is Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Long ago, as the story goes, it was a lake cut off from the sea. It was abundant in fresh water fish and native bird life. And also home to two taniwha, Ngake and Whātaitai.
Pencarrow Lighthouse was New Zealand's first permanent lighthouse, first lit in 1859 and joined by the lower lighthouse in 1906. Baring Head now has Wellington's main beacon for maritime navigation.