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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Castlepoint

    An hour's drive east of Masterton along Te Ore-ore Road (which turns into the Masterton–Castlepoint Road), Castlepoint is perhaps the most spectacular site on the...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Mount Victoria

    Wellington Central

    Placed atop a historic and trendy suburb is a stunning vantage point to watch the city both day and night. You can take a short,...Read More

  • 10. Odlins Plaza

    Wellington Central

    As the heart of the waterfront, the beat of Odlins drum depends on the season. In summer, the plaza is lined with market stalls and...Read More

  • 11. Paekākāriki Escarpment Track

    This 9.1 km (5.7 miles) cliffside trail has breathtaking views of the coast. With its step-climbs and swing bridges, this track is a little different...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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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