Bolton Street Cemetery
+64 4 802 4860 (Visitor Information Centre)
Wellington's northern motorway, which cut a swathe through old Thorndon when it was built, also divided the historic Bolton Street cemetery and necessitated the disinterment of an astounding 3,693 graves. Despite the constant passage of traffic close by, the cemetery is a peaceful oasis of green amidst the city's bustle and is a popular spot for lunching workers on fine days. Not in the least macabre, it is also a fascinating way to spend a few hours uncovering the lives and destinies of a generation of early European settlers and their families.