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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Tararua Forest Park

  • Forest

For enjoyable bushwalks in gorgeous forests laced with streams, come to Tararua Forest Park. The Mt. Holdsworth area at the east end...

The Dowse Art Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Near Petone, this museum stages a changing array of exhibitions—including ones focused on extraordinary jewelry, fashion, photography,...

The Parliament Buildings

  • Government Building

These buildings include Parliament House with its Debating Chamber, a copy of the one in the British House of Commons right down to the...

The Rimutaka Incline

  • Trail/Path

Operating from 1878 until 1955, the Rimutaka Incline Railway connected Wellington and the Wairarapa. Special locomotives known as Fell...

Tinakori Road

  • Neighborhood/Street

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

  • Festival–Sight

Devoted to the hedonist's holy trinity, this festival occurs on the third Sunday of November. Tickets cost NZ$70, and thousands of them...

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...

Wellington Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

You can smell the burlap sacks, hear the gulls, and see the (mechanical) rats scuttling around in this refurbished 1892 bond store, now...

Weta Cave & Workshop

  • Museum/Gallery

The innovative designers and effects wizards at Weta have brought many high-profile movies to life, so it’s no surprise that their...

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...