From the ‘Reclamation of Wellington Harbour‘ Wikipedia article, here’s an animation by Matt Lane┬áthat shows the various stages of the city’s expansion seawards over the last century and a half.

reclamation of wellington harbour animation

The reclamation of Wellington Harbour was a phased approach (starting in the 1850s) of land reclamation from the Wellington Harbour. The original goal of the reclamation was to increase the amount of usable flat land for Wellington City. The motivation of latter reclamations in the 1960s and 1970s was as a response to container shipping (containerisation) and new cargo handling methods. Today, reclamation has added more than 155 hectares to the Wellington

[Via Miramar Mike]