Wellington and the Wairarapa

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  • 1. 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,...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. The Parliament Buildings

    Government Building

    These buildings include Parliament House with its Debating Chamber, a copy of the one in the British House of Commons right down to the Speakers...Read More

  • 10. Wellington Botanic Garden


    In the hills overlooking downtown is a concentration of splendidly varied terrain. Woodland gardens under native and exotic trees fill the valleys...Read More

  • 11. Wellington Museum


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

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