Wellington and the Wairarapa

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Wellington and the Wairarapa - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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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. National Library of New Zealand


    Opposite the Parliament Buildings is the country's national library. The Alexander Turnbull Library, a "library within a library," specializes in archival materials about New Zealand...Read More

  • 4. Patuna Chasm Walk

    Explore true backcountry New Zealand on a half-day trek. This four-hour hike starts with a typical Kiwi trail through native forest, before descending to the...Read More

  • 5. Poppies Martinborough

    Wine-lovers flock to Poppies for the stunning wines, picturesque views, and relaxed ambience. Their wines, crafted by old-world techniques, celebrate the beauty of simplicity and...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. The Wine Bank

    For an all-weather, all-season exploration of Martinborough's vineyards, look no further than The Wine Bank. The Bank has an ATM-style automatic wine dispensary, a small...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

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