Wellington and the Wairarapa

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  • 1. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

    Museum/Gallery

    Te Papa Tongarewa (the Māori translation is "container of treasures") provides an essential introduction to the country's people, cultures,...Read More

  • 2. Pukaha Mount Bruce

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Head 30 km (19 miles) north of Masterton for a fine introduction to the country's wildlife—particularly its endangered birds. An easy trail...Read More

  • 3. Southward Car Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housing the southern hemisphere's largest private car collection, this museum has more than 400 automobiles and 140 motorcycles, plus aircraft...Read More

  • 4. Staglands Wildlife Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Staglands offers visitors the opportunity to feed and freely interact with wildlife in a beautiful natural environment. As you wander around...Read More

  • 5. 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 home turf...Read More

  • 6. Archives New Zealand

    Thorndon | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 7. Ascot Street

    Thorndon | Neighborhood/Street

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

  • 8. 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...Read More

  • 9. 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 on-site...Read More

  • 10. Bluebank Blueberry and Emu Farm

    Farm/Ranch

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

  • 11. Blueberry Farm

    Farm/Ranch

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

  • 12. Cape Palliser

    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 erected in...Read More

  • 13. Castlepoint

    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 most...Read More

  • 14. City Gallery Wellington

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 15. 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 social hub...Read More

  • 16. Coney Wines

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Have lunch here for a view over vines that produce a terrific Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris plus a rosé you can get only on-site. ...Read More

  • 17. Dry Creek Quarry

    Local Interest–Sight

    Heading north from Petone on State Highway 2, you can enjoy views of the distant Tararua Ranges, which are snow covered in winter. If you're...Read More

  • 18. Eastbourne

    Town/Village

    From Petone, a winding road leads south about 10 km (6 miles) to the suburb of Eastbourne. Have an alfresco bite in its tiny shopping area before...Read More

  • 19. Fell Locomotive Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The tiny town of Featherston is worth a stop for the Fell Locomotive Museum. Along with photos, models, and memorabilia, it has the last remaining...Read More

  • 20. Government Buildings Historic Reserve

    Educational Institution

    The second-largest wooden structure in the world is now home to Victoria University's law faculty. After the earthquakes of 1848 and 1855, it...Read More

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