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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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

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

City Gallery Wellington

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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...

Dry Creek Quarry

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


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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...

Government Buildings Historic Reserve

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

Hutt River Trail

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Starting at Hikoikoi Reserve on Petone Marine Parade, near the Hutt River mouth, this scenic trail follows the river for more than 32...

Kaitoke Regional Park

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From Upper Hutt, continuing north on State Highway 2 takes you to the Wairarapa region. But if you have time to spare, stop into Kaitoke...

Katherine Mansfield House & Garden

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The writer, born in 1888, lived the first five years of her life here. Katherine Mansfield (née Kathleen Beauchamp) left to pursue her...


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