Wellington and the Wairarapa Travel Guide
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.
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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