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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Zealandia

    Karori

    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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Kaitoke Regional Park

    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...Read More

  • 6. Lady Norwood Rose 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...Read More

  • 7. Ōtari-Wilton's Bush

    Wilton

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

  • 8. Putangirua Pinnacles Scenic Reserve

    Just before Lake Ferry, turn left (coming from Martinborough) at the sign for Cape Palliser and drive another 15 km (9 miles) around Palliser Bay...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Tararua Forest Park

    For enjoyable bushwalks in gorgeous forests laced with streams, come to Tararua Forest Park. The Mount Holdsworth area at the east end of the park...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Hutt River 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

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