Wellington and the Wairarapa Sights


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Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

A 15-minute drive north of Wellington on State Highway 2—with magnificent harbor views all the way—leads you to the Hutt Valley and its namesake river. Start exploring it by paying a visit to pretty Petone. The Petone Esplanade, on the eastern side of the harbor, has good fishing from the wharf and is overlooked by houses clinging to steep bush-clad hills. While on the waterfront, visit the small but interesting Petone Settlers Museum; it's open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 4. Housed in the historic Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial building, the free museum stands near the 1840 landing site of New Zealand's first organized European settlement.

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Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand


04-568–8373 -museum

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  • Free

Published 08/30/2016


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