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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Wellington TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

After spending a busy day visiting the attractions of the Wellington region, escape to Wellington's only Top 10 Holiday Park. Our spacious grounds with large . . . 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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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

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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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 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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Finn's Paekakariki Visit website

Finn's Paekakariki is a privately owned boutique hotel situated in a seaside village just off SH 1. Paekakariki Village is only 35 minutes from Wellington . . . 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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Willis Wellington Hotel Visit website

Located centrally on Willis Street in the funky, cosmopolitan Cuba Quarter, the Willis Wellington hotel is just a short walk from the CBD and is . . . 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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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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Activities

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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Ocean Motel Visit website

Ocean Motel is located on the Kapiti Coast, the closest motel to the Paraparaumu Airport and only 45 minutes from Wellington's CBD, Te Papa, Westpac . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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