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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Angus Inn Hotel - Quality Inn Angus Visit website

Spacious, well-appointed rooms set in lush garden surroundings. Restaurant, bars, conference and function facilities and free onsite parking. WiFi, 24 hr Reception. . . . 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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Harbour City Motor Inn Visit website

Enjoy the service and convenience of one of 23 studios, 2 x 1-bedroom units, and 1 x 3-bedroom apartment. Locate yourself in the heart of . . . 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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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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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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Copperfield Seaside Motel Visit website

Welcome to our motel on the Kapiti Coast. 2 minutes to beach and park. Conference room with balcony. Free high-speed wireless internet access in each . . . 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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Halswell Lodge Hotel/Motel Visit website

36 units - 11 x 1 and 2-bedroom studio and family units, full kitchen facilities (4 with spa bath). 6 luxury lodge rooms (4 with . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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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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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