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.


Wellington and the Wairarapa Hotels

Accommodations in Wellington range from no-frills backpacker hostels and motel units, to classic bed-and-breakfasts in... read more


Wellington and the Wairarapa Restaurants

In Wellington, restaurants, cafés, and sports bars have been springing up overnight like mushrooms. Although we'll never be... read more

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Things To Do in Wellington and the Wairarapa

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Wellington and the Wairarapa Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Arts and Culture: The national symphony, ballet, and opera are headquartered here. And the biennial New Zealand International Arts... Read more

  • Matiu and Somes Island

    A wonderful place to spend a day walking and exploring, the Matiu Island Scientific and Historic Reserve lies in Wellington Harbour... Read more


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