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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Tauranga: the perfect blend of city and laid-back lifestyle

Fast-growing Tauranga is becoming a city to be reckoned with, comprising the perfect blend of city and laidback lifestyle. Read the story . . . 

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South Auckland stroll

The best way to introduce yourself to a new area is to take a stroll with a local. The tips and places you will visit will depend on that local’s personal experience Read the story . . . 

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Central Auckland: bustling, beautiful, always beguiling

Auckland. Our diverse and buzzing supercity attracts lovers of good food, good beaches and hearty adventures in the great outdoors. Read the story . . . 

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Waitomo Caves: one of the wonders of the world

Set in a weird and wonderful landscape where weathered limestone and marble outcrops form outlandish shapes on the surface, the caves are one of the wonders of the world. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Clutha

From beautiful beaches to cycle trails, campsites, conservation projects and quirky art attractions, there is plenty to see and do in Otago's Clutha District. Read the story . . . 

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Ulva Island: birdwatchers’ paradise

Reached on a short boat trip from Stewart Island, Ulva Island is administered as an ‘open sanctuary’ by the Department of Conservation making it a birdwatchers’ paradise. Read the story . . . 

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Wainui Beach: sunrises without peer

Wainui is a beautiful stretch of white sand that receives a nice, clean Pacific swell in westerly weather – and happily, the prevailing winds are from the westerly quarter.  Read the story . . . 

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Queenstown: aboard the TSS Earnslaw

The TSS Earnslaw has plied the glassy waters of Lake Wakatipu for over 90 years; her graceful lines and plume of coal smoke as much part of the scenery as the Remarkables. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

The Forgotten World Highway

There are no traffic jams here. The road from Stratford to Taumaranui is not called the Forgotten World Highway for nothing. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland Sky Tower

Opening in 1997, the Sky Tower was, at 326 metres, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. It’s still the twelfth tallest tower in the world. Read the story . . . 

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The Chasm Walk

Enjoy dramatic views of powerful waterfalls and water-sculpted shapes in the rocks on this easy-access walk near Milford Sound.  Read the story . . . 

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Te Matua Ngāhere Walk

Take a 20-minute walk through the beautiful native bush in Waipōua Forest to view the world’s second largest living kauri Te Matua Ngāhere. Read the story . . . 

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Tasman Glacier walking tracks

The Tasman Glacier, 29km long and up to 3km wide, can be viewed from the short walks that start at the Blue Lakes Shelter. Read the story . . . 

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Tāne Mahuta Walk

Visit the famous Tāne Mahuta, Lord of the Forest – New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree, located in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

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Sentinel Rock Walk, Franz Josef

Enjoy impressive views of the Franz Josef Glacier, the valley and Waiho River from the summit of this short steady climb. Read the story . . . 

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