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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Martinborough 9

Masterton and Environs 6

Akatarawa Valley 4

Palliser Bay and Cape Palliser 3

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Archives New Zealand

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

Ascot Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

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

Carter Observatory

  • Observatory/Planetarium

In the Planetarium lie back and watch an almost limitless range of virtual space journeys. On clear nights view the heavens through the...

City Gallery Wellington

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Civic Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

Government Buildings Historic Reserve

  • Educational Institution

This second-largest wooden structure in the world is now home to Victoria University's law faculty. After the earthquakes of 1848 and...

Hetet Art Space

  • Tour–Sight

For an authentic personal experience of Māori people, travel 20 mins from central Wellington to meet with the Hetets, a family renowned...

Kaitoke Regional Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

From Upper Hutt, continuing north on State Highway 2 leads to the Wairarapa region, but just beyond Upper Hutt, look for Kaitoke Regional...

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Here the writer, née Kathleen Beauchamp, came into the world (1888) and lived the first five years of her life. Mansfield left to pursue...

Kelburn Cable Car

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

The Swiss-built funicular railway makes a short-but-sharp climb to Kelburn Terminal, from which there are great views across parks and...