Ten great places to explore in Wellington

From hilltop vistas to intriguing islands, urban laneways, a fascinating planetarium and a truly artistic drinking fountain – there is...


Wellington City sunrise. © Sulthan Auliya

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Natural attractions

Nelson Lakes National Park: New Zealand’s Lakes District

Nelson Lakes National Park lies at the head of the Southern Alps and features majestic mountain ranges and the breathtaking lakes of Rotoroa and Rotoiti at its very heart. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Remote Southland: the quirk and the sublime

There's a great deal to love in the emptiness and wildness of Curio and Porpoise bays. Particularly when you're looking for uncrowded waves to ride. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tongariro Northern Circuit: alpine heartland

The Tongariro Northern Circuit explores a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views, with craters, explosion pits and lava flows aplenty. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Surf Highway 45: New Plymouth to Hāwera

Taranaki's hemispherical coastline between Fitzroy and Hāwera is home to 180 degrees of ocean swell where you can almost be certain of solid, pumping surf. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Loved by the locals: Kāpiti

Do what the locals do in the Kāpiti Coast District. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Wellington Waterfront: where writers' words are cast

Did you know that Wellington's world-class Waterfront is home to the words of some New Zealand's most famous writers? Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Our marine reserves: treasures under the sea

In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

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Our isolated marine reserves

Alongside New Zealand's mainland marine reserves, there are four remote reserves which can only be accessed via boat and some require special permits... Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Rēinga

This epic roadie connects the little coves, beaches and bays of the east and the immense dunes wild coastline and vast, sweeping harbours out west. Read the story . . . 

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