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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The Rimutaka Incline

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Operating from 1878 until 1955, the Rimutaka Incline Railway connected 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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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

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

Wellington Museum

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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

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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

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

Hetet Art Space

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


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Step back to the 1890s to a working mill where wool from an ancient breed of gray sheep, together with alpaca, is woven on 100-year-old...


Liz and Keith Budd lead two-day walks through the Akatarawa Valley for active groups of up to six. The walks, which take five–six hours,...


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