Wellington and the Wairarapa

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  • 1. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

    Museum/Gallery

    Te Papa Tongarewa (the Māori translation is "container of treasures") provides an essential introduction to the country's people, cultures,...Read More

  • 2. Southward Car Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housing the southern hemisphere's largest private car collection, this museum has more than 400 automobiles and 140 motorcycles, plus aircraft...Read More

  • 3. Weta Cave & Workshop

    Museum/Gallery

    The innovative designers and effects wizards at Weta have brought many high-profile movies to life, so it’s no surprise that their home turf...Read More

  • 4. Archives New Zealand

    Thorndon | Museum/Gallery

    History buffs should make a beeline here, as the national archives are a gold mine of documents, photographs, and maps. Records of New Zealand...Read More

  • 5. Ascot Street

    Thorndon | Neighborhood/Street

    Built in the 1870s, the little doll-like cottages along Ascot remain the finest example of a 19th-century streetscape in Wellington. A bench...Read More

  • 6. City Gallery Wellington

    Museum/Gallery

    This gallery offers world-class exhibitions of contemporary New Zealand and international art with specific programs dedicated to local artists...Read More

  • 7. Civic Square

    Plaza/Square

    Wellington's Civic Square is reminiscent of an Italian piazza; its outdoor cafés, benches, lawns, and harbor viewpoints make both a social hub...Read More

  • 8. Dry Creek Quarry

    Other Attraction

    Heading north from Petone on State Highway 2, you can enjoy views of the distant Tararua Ranges, which are snow covered in winter. If you're...Read More

  • 9. Eastbourne

    Town/Village

    From Petone, a winding road leads south about 10 km (6 miles) to the suburb of Eastbourne. Have an alfresco bite in its tiny shopping area before...Read More

  • 10. Government Buildings Historic Reserve

    Educational Institution

    The second-largest wooden structure in the world is now home to Victoria University's law faculty. After the earthquakes of 1848 and 1855, it...Read More

  • 11. Hutt River Trail

    Trail

    Starting at Hikoikoi Reserve on Petone Marine Parade, near the Hutt River mouth, this scenic trail follows the river for more than 32 km (20...Read More

  • 12. Kaitoke Regional Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    From Upper Hutt, continuing north on State Highway 2 takes you to the Wairarapa region. But if you have time to spare, stop into Kaitoke Regional...Read More

  • 13. Katherine Mansfield House & Garden

    Thorndon | Historic Home

    The writer, born in 1888, lived the first five years of her life here. Katherine Mansfield (née Kathleen Beauchamp) left to pursue her career...Read More

  • 14. Kelburn Cable Car

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The Swiss-built funicular railway makes a short-but-sharp climb to Kelburn Terminal, from which you get great views across parks and city buildings...Read More

  • 15. Lady Norwood Rose Garden

    Garden

    On a fine summer day you couldn't find a better place to enjoy the fragrance of magnificent flowers. This rose garden is the most popular part...Read More

  • 16. Nairn Street Cottage

    Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1858 as a family home by immigrant carpenter William Wallis, this cottage is Wellington's oldest remaining building. With its steep...Read More

  • 17. National Library

    Thorndon | Library/Archive

    Opposite the Parliament Buildings is the country's national library. The Alexander Turnbull Library, a "library within a library," specializes...Read More

  • 18. Old St. Paul's Cathedral

    Thorndon | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Consecrated in 1866, the church is a splendid example of the English Gothic Revival style executed entirely in native timbers. Even the trusses...Read More

  • 19. Otari-Wilton's Bush

    Wilton | Garden

    Devoted to gathering and preserving indigenous plants, Otari's collection is the largest of its kind. With clearly marked bushwalks and landscape...Read More

  • 20. Petone

    Town/Village

    A 15-minute drive north of Wellington on State Highway 2—with magnificent harbor views all the way—leads you to the Hutt Valley and its namesake...Read More

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