Wellington and the Wairarapa

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  • 1. Brewtown Upper Hutt

    This sprawling tipple-town is an embodiment of a sunny summer's afternoon feeling. Brewtown is conveniently within walking distance from Upper Hutt train station. On site...Read More

  • 2. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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

  • 3. Pūkaha Mount Bruce

    Head 30 km (19 miles) north of Masterton for a fine introduction to the country's wildlife. An easy trail through the bush (one hour, round-trip)...Read More

  • 4. Southward Car Museum

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

  • 5. Staglands Wildlife Reserve

    Staglands offers visitors the opportunity to feed and freely interact with animals in a beautiful natural environment. As you wander around its 25 peaceful acres,...Read More

  • 6. Weta Cave & Workshop

    The innovative designers and effects wizards at Weta have brought many high-profile movies to life. At Weta Cave, you get a fascinating "behind the scenes...Read More

  • 7. Zealandia


    Just minutes from downtown Wellington, more than 500 acres of forest have been transformed into a unique safe-haven for New Zealand's most endangered native species....Read More

  • 8. Bluebank Blueberry and Emu Farm

    This property produces delicious blueberries and is home to several emus, a large flightless bird. You can enter to visit the emus for free; you...Read More

  • 9. Cape Palliser

    Cape Palliser

    Named by Captain Cook, Cape Palliser marks the eastern end of Palliser Bay. You cannot miss its candy-stripe classic lighthouse, which was erected in 1897....Read More

  • 10. Eastbourne

    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...Read More

  • 11. Petone

    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 river....Read More

  • 12. Queen Elizabeth Park

    Paekākāriki's draw is the shore, but it's also the main entry point for Queen Elizabeth Park. Covering more than 1,600 acres, the park is edged...Read More

  • 13. Space Place at Carter Observatory

    Lie back and watch an almost limitless range of virtual space journeys in the planetarium, or, on a clear night, view the heavens through the...Read More

  • 14. The Dowse Art Museum

    Near Petone, this museum stages a changing array of exhibitions—including ones focused on extraordinary jewelry, fashion, photography, and ceramics—that showcase the creativity of New Zealand's...Read More

  • 15. Wellington Botanic Garden

    In the hills overlooking downtown is a concentration of splendidly varied terrain and forest. Native woodlands fill the garden's valleys, water-loving plants line its mountain...Read More

  • 16. Wellington Cable Car

    The Swiss-built funicular railway makes a short-but-sharp climb from among the shops on Lambton Quay to the highest point in the Wellington Botanic Gardens, the...Read More

  • 17. Wellington Museum

    Smell the burlap sacks, hear the gulls, and see the (mechanical) rats scuttling around in this refurbished 1892 bond store, now a museum that portrays...Read More

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