Wellington: the coolest capital

Whichever way you come at it, Wellington is all about drama.


Reflections of the Wellington waterfront. © Bernd Hildebrandt

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Angus Inn Hotel - Quality Inn Angus Visit website

Spacious, well-appointed rooms set in lush garden surroundings. Restaurant, bars, conference and function facilities and free onsite parking. WiFi, 24 hr Reception. . . . More . . . 

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Kāpiti Marine Reserve

Kāpiti Marine Reserve is popular for its abundant sea life, including blue moki, kingfish, seals and dolphins. Read the story . . . 

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Kapiti Lindale Motel & Conference Centre Visit website

Kapiti Lindale Motel is centrally located on Kapiti Coast. Just a few minutes to shops, restaurants, cafes, clubs and museum. 10 minutes from the Paraparaumu . . . More . . . 

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Cook Strait crossing: one of the most beautiful in the world

Anyone who has ever done a road trip of New Zealand will have indelible memories of their Cook Strait crossing. Read the story . . . 

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Best Western Wellington Visit website

Treat yourself to a relaxing stay at Johnsonville's top motel accommodation. Our friendly staff will give you a warm welcome and your spacious and modern . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings

The Parliament Buildings are pretty fancy. All that Tākaka marble, the pillars, the columns and porticoes are hardly what you’d see on an architect’s easel these days. Read the story . . . 

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Waikanae Beach Motel Visit website

Quiet, comfortable and spacious. Ideal accommodation for a short break, or business or family holiday. Garden setting overlooking golf course, 10 minutes walk to beach, . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Manawatū: off the main drag

The Manawatū is a rich and deeply characterful part of the New Zealand landscape – perfect for a road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Park Hotel Lambton Quay Visit website

WELCOME TO PARK HOTEL A place to stop, rest, relax and take time out. Centrally located for work or play, Park Hotel is a contemporary . . . More . . . 

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Kāpiti Coast: from frowning bluffs to ancient rivers

Throughout history, and still to this day, the Kāpiti Coast has remained one of the best places in New Zealand to watch the sunset. Read the story . . . 

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Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park Visit website

More than an average camping ground, Harcourt Holiday Park is a unique combination of motels, tourist flats, cabins and on-site caravans spread out in 4.5 . . . More . . . 

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Horowhenua: where the earth moves

Māori called Horowhenua ‘shaking earth.’ Historically it was a wetland – the floodplains of the Manawatū River – carpeted in flax with the odd stand of podocarp forest for variety.  Read the story . . . 

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Rowena's City Lodge Visit website

Our aim is to make your stay in Wellington a pleasant one with affordable and comfortable hostel accommodation and camping facilities and parking for small . . . More . . . 

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Porirua: the town of unintended consequences

But the best-laid plans of man and men and all that: war, economics, even Mormonism, made Porirua different and something no one had quite counted on... Read the story . . . 

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Aotea Lodge Visit website

Aotea Lodge, 35 motel units, licensed restaurant, heated indoor pool and spa. Located alongside the Royal New Zealand Police College, 200m off State Highway 1. . . . More . . . 

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New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... Read the story . . . 

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