Wellington and the Wairarapa Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Wellington and the Wairarapa - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Masterton and Environs 6

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Te Papa Tongarewa–Museum of New Zealand

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Te Papa Tongarewa provides an essential introduction to the country's people, cultures, landforms, flora, and fauna. Unusual exhibits...

The Colonial Cottage Museum

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Built in 1858 as a family home by immigrant carpenter William Wallis, this cottage is Wellington's oldest remaining building. With its...

The Hutt Valley

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A 10-minute drive north of Wellington on State Highway 2—with magnificent harbor views all the way—leads you to the Hutt Valley and...

The Parliament Buildings

  • Government Building

The Parliament Buildings consist of Parliament House with its Debating Chamber , a copy of the one in the British House of Commons...

The Rimutaka Incline

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The Rimutaka Incline Railway operated from 1878 until 1955, connecting Wellington and the Wairarapa. Special locomotives known as Fell...

Tinakori Road

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The lack of suitable local stone combined with the collapse of most of Wellington's brick buildings in the earthquake of 1848 ensured...

Toast Martinborough Wine, Food & Music Festival

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This festival occurs on the third Sunday of November; thousands of tickets are typically sold within hours. You can get tickets (NZ$70)...

Wellington Botanic Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

In the hills overlooking downtown is a concentration of splendidly varied terrain. Woodland gardens under native and exotic trees fill...

Weta Cave

  • Cave

Take a fascinating "behind the scenes look" around this compact but comprehensive display detailing the characters and equipment used...

Zealandia: The Ultimate Eco-Sanctuary Experience

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Just minutes from downtown Wellington, 623 acres of regenerating forest and wetland have been turned into a unique safe haven for some...