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Wellington and the Wairarapa Travel Guide

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Plan Your Wellington and the Wairarapa Vacation

People are finding their way to Wellington, and not merely because it's the sailing point for ferries heading south. From the windswept green heights overlooking New Zealand's capital, a crystal-clear winter morning reveals stunning views over the deceptively quiet waters of Cook Strait stretching to the snowcapped mountains of the South Island; and it's sheer heaven on a mild summer

night when a silver medallion of moon tops mysterious misty hillsides.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Arts and Culture The national symphony, ballet, and opera are headquartered here. And the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival celebrates an extensive program of drama, music, dance, and other arts events.
  2. A Wealth of Wineries Spend a day or two (or three) wine tasting your way through the Wairarapa, home to more than 30 vineyards.
  3. Eclectic Cuisine The great variety of Wellington's restaurants allows you to sample foods from dozens of cuisines, while also serving plenty of down-to-earth Kiwi fare.
  4. The Waterfront Wandering along the Wellington waterfront is one of the most pleasurable ways to spend a day. You can visit (for free!) Te Papa Tongarewa, one of the country's best museums, and the Museum of City and Sea. Or you can walk to Oriental Bay, where you can join the local residents jogging, swimming, riding a bike, or people-watching.

When To Go

When to Go

November to mid-April is the best time weather-wise in the Wellington area. Most establishments are open (apart from Christmas Day, New Year's D...

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