Wellington and the Wairarapa Travel Guide

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Plan Your Wellington and the Wairarapa Vacation

To cross the Rimutaka Ranges, which form a natural barrier between Wellington and the Wairarapa, you climb a twisting snake of a road known locally as "The Hill." Near a small plateau at the road's peak, at a height of about 1,800 feet, a footpath leads to even higher ground and spectacular views on all sides. Heading down from the summit, the road plunges through a series of hairpin turns to reach the plain that the Māori called "Land of Glistening Water."

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