Wellington: the coolest capital

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


High angle view of Wellington CBD and harbour at sunrise. © Matteo Colombo

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Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

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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Kāpiti Marine Reserve

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

Upper Hutt I-SITE Visitor Information Centre Visit website

25-minute drive or 40-minute train ride from Wellington. Nestled by the Hutt River amongst bush-clad hills near forest/riverside walks. Attractions include Staglands Wildlife Reserve, H2O . . . 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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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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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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CityLife Wellington

Wellington prides itself on being not only the country's capital, but also its cultural capital - and there's no better place to soak up the . . . More . . . 

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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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Cottage Park Motor Lodge & Conference Centre Visit website

INTERISLAND FERRY STOPOVER - 55min WELLINGTON. Kapiti Coast to Otaki's newest motel complex. Walk to designer label factory shops. Private setting in 2 acres of . . . 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 . . . 

Liberty Apartment Hotel Visit website

LIBERTY APARTMENT HOTEL Centrally located in Wellington, Liberty Apartment Hotel is a serviced apartment hotel, contemporary designed and fully furnished with a unique urban style. . . . 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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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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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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88 Wallace Court Motel Visit website

Centrally situated, only 150m to Massey University and New Zealand School of Dance & Drama, close to all hospitals, central city and Te Papa. . . . 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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