Wellington and the Wairarapa: Places to Explore


  • Akatarawa Valley

    Winding through the steep bush-clad hills north of Wellington, the narrow road to the Akatarawa Valley (in the Māori language, Akatarawa means "place of tangled vines") requires a degree of...

  • Kapiti Coast

    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 hit the coast at Paremata. From here you can follow South...

  • Kapiti Island

    Paraparaumu is the departure point for one of Wellington's best-kept secrets: Kapiti Island. The island has been a protected reserve since 1897 and is a fantastic place to hike. All pests have...

  • Martinborough

    The pleasant town of Martinborough embodies the changes that have taken place in the Wairarapa as a result of the burgeoning wine industry. The town gets its name from its founder, John Martin,...

  • Masterton and Environs

    Masterton is Wairarapa's major population center, and like Martinborough to the south, it's in a developing wine region. There's not much to do in the town, but it's a handy gateway for hiking in...

  • Palliser Bay and Cape Palliser

  • Wellington

    Wellington, the seat of government since 1865, is between the sea and towering hillsides that form a natural arena with the harbor as the stage. The ferries carve patterns on the green water while...


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