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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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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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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Interislander Visit website

Where the journey becomes a destination. Interislander travels between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacular cruises . . . 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 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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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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The Thorndon Wellington

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges. The 3.5 star Thorndon Wellington by Rydges is located on the doorstep of the Wellington CBD, right on the . . . 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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Wellington Helicopters Visit website

Wellington Helicopters is conveniently situated on Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, downtown Wellington.The company is owned by The GCH Aviation Group which is an umbrella brand . . . 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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