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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ASURE 83 By The Sea Motor Lodge Visit website

LOWER HUTT / PETONE MOTEL Accommodation , Great location easy walking to cafes, restaurants and Petone shopping and immediately adjacent to beach. . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Kāpiti Marine Reserve

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

Weta Workshop Visit website

The WETA CAVE WORKSHOP TOUR is a movie based visitor experience in the heart of Miramar, Wellington. A 45 minute guided tour starts and finishes . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers Visit website

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) offers budget accommodation in the centre of Wellington, the hostel features a 24-hour guest kitchen, self-service laundry facilities . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cook Strait crossing

Enjoy the 70-kilometre rite of passage for any Kiwi through the Roaring Forties and one of the world’s roughest and most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Read the story . . . 

Omega Rental Cars, Wellington Airport Visit website

Omega Rental Cars Wellington has depots nationwide providing quality vehicles ?and first-class service. Our modern fleet of hire cars include sedans, 4WD ?stationwagons and MPVs . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand

Explore this waharoa to our natural and cultural heritage, home to three rugby fields' worth of beautifully crafted space, untold treasures and fascinating stories. 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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Activities

Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve: an accessible island sanctuary

Reckon on a kākā landing on your shoulder or a weka scurrying over your feet, all to the calls of kākāriki, bellbird, robin and saddleback. Read the story . . . 

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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Natural attractions

Zealandia: the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary

Explore the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with more than 30 kilometres of walking tracks and ample opportunities to spot tuatara, kiwi, hihi, saddleback and tūī. 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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Heritage and history

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings: the heart of Aotearoa's government

Get to the nub of it at all and join a free guided tour into the heart of New Zealand’s government at the Beehive in the parliamentary precinct. Read the story . . . 

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Newlands Court Motel Visit website

Brand new set up with Mordern bathroom, kitchen and comfortable bed. We are conveniently located just 300m off SH 1 and set back from Newlands Road. . . . More . . . 

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Events and festivals

Homegrown: serving up local musical treats for a decade

You’ve wandered among the wildlife at Zealandia, you’ve soaked up the citylife along the waterfront, observed bustling bureaucracy at the Beehive: now, you are ready to rock! Read the story . . . 

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