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Capital of New Zealand, Wellington is also the cultural centre - being
home to Te Papa, the ground-breaking interactive Museum of New Zealand,
the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and national treasures such as the
original Treaty of Waitangi.
It's a pretty
city with a thriving café culture, trendy bars and over 400 great
restaurants. Wellington quite compact, and therefore one of the best ways
to get around is on foot. The new state of the art sports and entertainment
Stadium is just a short walk from downtown.
Made up of
four quarters each with their own distinct mix of shopping, cafes, transport,
accommodation, Wellington's intense urban experience is unrivalled in
city and enter a contemporary style of country life that fully embraces
the pleasures of fine wine and good food. In and around Martinborough
wine village, famed for its award-winning Pinot Noir, you'll discover
a host of welcoming vineyards.
suggested itineraries that include Wellington
and Martinborough, please click here.
For a video preview of the Wellington region, please click here.
will love the boutiques lining Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Manners
- For an
evening of culture, Wellington is home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet,
the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the National Opera.
the Parliament Buildings (and drop into the Backbencher Pub and Café
in Molesworth Street, the other hangout for politicians).
Te Papa, one of the world's finest museums (open every day, entry is
free with a charge for virtual reality and motion simulator rides).
- Fly By
Wire solo in a tethered plane up to 200km per hour at Paekakariki (Kapiti
- Get in
a round of golf.
- Cape Palliser
has the North Island's most accessible seal colony.
- Take a
harbour discovery tour
- Wine trails
and tastings are available at over 32 vineyards in the Wairarapa region
- 26 of them are in the Martinborough area. Take a tour of the new wine
centre in Martinborough village.
garden visits and tours. Wairarapa is a garden lovers paradise with
many open to the public
country museums and heritage attractions are a Wairarapa specialty.
Spend an hour or two walking one of the region's eight town heritage