Wellington: the coolest capital

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


Reflections of the Wellington waterfront. © Bernd Hildebrandt

Hydrabad Holiday Park Visit website

Hydrabad Holiday Park is a quiet family park at the popular Waitarere Beach. We have a swimming pool, trampolines and a play area. . . . 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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Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay Visit website

Located on Wellington's premier street, Oriental Parade, the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay overlooks one of the most beautiful harbours in the world Located on . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

Foxton Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Friendly Family oriented coastal camp, adjacent to Manawatu Estuary, wetland and bird watching area. 200-plus large power sites and tent sites. . . . 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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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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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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Camellia Court Motel Visit website

Camellia Court offers superior comfort and excellent service in modern, centrally located surroundings. Our 15 quiet fully self-contained studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units are . . . 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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Celtic Motel Visit website

Celtic Motel - Foxton's Quietest Accommodation Nestled amongst rural landscapes in the sunny Horowhenua township of Foxton, Celtic Motel is where comfort and friendly hospitality . . . 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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Wallaceville Motor Lodge Visit website

History, serenity and privacy. From the moment you arrive, Wallaceville House will delight you. The surrounding bush provides a natural amphitheatre, the peace and tranquillity . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

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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