Project West Wind is a wind farm situated at New Zealand’s largest and oldest sheep stations known as Terawhiti Station and Makara Farm west of Wellington, New Zealand. Project West Wind, wind farm is the first wind farm in Wellington. In September 2007, the construction of Project West Wind, wind farm started and was completed in late 2009. In April 2009, Prime Minister John Key turned on the first 15 turbines of the wind farm and it was officially opened during that time. It is operated and owned by Meridian Energy. This wind farm is Meridian Energy’s third wind farm which utilizes strong winds; a valuable resource of Wellington.
On an annual basis this wind farm has capacity to generate electricity that can be used by 70,000 homes of New Zealand at the same time. This is equivalent to power all the homes in Wellington.
There are 62 wind turbines in this wind farm. In April 2009, the first 15 turbines became operational and in October 2009, the remaining 47 turbines became operational. All the turbines of this wind farm are connected to the national grid.
Accommodations at Wellington: -
Mercure Wellington –
345 The Terrace, Wellington
Mercure Wellington offers spacious rooms which are equipped with satellite TV, air- conditioner and all modern amenities. The facilities include sauna, gymnasium, car parking, business centre and stylish lobby bar.
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor –
147 The Terrace,
Located in the heart of Wellington, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor offers 24-hour room service, ironing facilities, in-house movie system, sky TV and Wi-Fi. It has comfortable and modern rooms, some with beautiful city and harbour views.
Ibis Wellington –
153 Featherston Street,
The spacious guest rooms at Ibis Wellington are equipped with a spacious workspace. Ibis Wellington provides a well-equipped business centre for corporate guests.
Museum Hotel –
90 Cable Street,
At Museum Hotel, one can view stunning views of Wellington waterfront as it is situated opposite Te Papa. There is a choice of spacious rooms and elegant suites. This Hotel features spa pool and an indoor swimming pool.
Trinity Hotel –
166, Willis Street,
This 3.5 star rated property is centrally located at Wellington’s key entertainment and commercial facilities. It is situated just two minutes from the 24-hour stores, banks and central information centres. Trinity Hotel provides stylish accommodation and hospitality at a reasonable price.
Things to do in Wellington: -
Wellington Zoo: -
Wellington Zoo is an ideal place to observe, interact and enjoy with variety of animals.
Wellington Botanic Garden: -
Wellington Botanic Garden encompasses gorgeous specialist gardens, colorful floral displays, native bush, exotic forests and unique landscape.
Parliament Buildings: -
There is an hour long guided tours of Parliament every day and trained guides help the tourists to watch vital parts of Parliament’s Buildings.
New Zealand Portrait Gallery: -
The aim of New Zealand’s Portrait Gallery is to provide a continuous sequence of exhibitions devoted to the history and the personalities of New Zealand. It is a place which depicts pictorial biography of New Zealand’s prominent public figures, politicians, tangata whenua, settlers, explorers and ancestors.
Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre: -
It is a beautiful wildlife park where one can view rare New Zealand birds.