Wellington and the Wairarapa Travel Guide
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."
Accommodations in Wellington range from no-frills backpacker hostels and motel units, to classic bed-and-breakfasts in... read more
In Wellington, restaurants, cafés, and sports bars have been springing up overnight like mushrooms. Although we'll never be... read more
Things To Do in Wellington and the Wairarapa
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Arts and Culture: The national symphony, ballet, and opera are headquartered here. And the biennial New Zealand International Arts... Read more
A drive up the West Coast from Wellington is not to be missed. State Highway 1 takes you north, and about a half hour out of the city you... Read more
Winding through the steep bush-clad hills north of Wellington, the narrow road to the Akatarawa Valley (in the Māori language, Akatarawa... Read more
A wonderful place to spend a day walking and exploring, the Matiu Island Scientific and Historic Reserve lies in Wellington Harbour... Read more
Pick up a map of the area vineyards at Martinborough's visitor center, then hit the road to sample some of the country's best... Read more
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