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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Nairn Street Cottage

    Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1858 as a family home by immigrant carpenter William Wallis, this cottage is Wellington's oldest remaining building. With its steep...Read More

  • 8. The Dowse Art Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Near Petone, this museum stages a changing array of exhibitions—including ones focused on extraordinary jewelry, fashion, photography, and ceramics...Read More

  • 9. Wellington Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    You can smell the burlap sacks, hear the gulls, and see the (mechanical) rats scuttling around in this refurbished 1892 bond store, now a museum...Read More

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