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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Archives New Zealand

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History buffs should make a beeline here, as the national archives are a gold mine of documents, photographs, and maps. Records of New...

Ascot Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

Built in the 1870s, the little doll-like cottages along Ascot remain the finest example of a 19th-century streetscape in Wellington.

Ata Rangi Vineyard

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

This family-owned and family-managed winery makes exceptional Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Célèbre (a Cabernet-Merlot-Shiraz...

Awaiti Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Registered as a garden of regional significance, this tranquil 6-acre property has walkways, dovecotes, and a waterwheel. There’s an...

Bluebank Blueberry and Emu Farm

  • Farm/Ranch

This property produces delicious blueberries and raises the large flightless emus. ...

Blueberry Farm

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Pick your own blueberries (January to March), or go for a swim in the river. ...

Cape Palliser

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Named by Captain Cook, Cape Palliser marks the eastern end of Palliser Bay. You can’t miss its lighthouse, a candy-striped classic...


  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

An hour's drive east of Masterton along Te Ore-ore Road (which turns into the Masterton–Castlepoint Road), Castlepoint is perhaps the...

City Gallery Wellington

  • Museum/Gallery

This gallery offers world-class exhibitions of contemporary New Zealand and international art with specific programs dedicated to local...

Civic Square

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Wellington's Civic Square is reminiscent of an Italian piazza; its outdoor cafés, benches, lawns, and harbor viewpoints make both a...