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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Best Western Wellington

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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Kapiti Marine Reserve

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

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ASURE 83 By The Sea Motor Lodge

LOWER HUTT / PETONE MOTEL Accommodation , Great location easy walking to cafes, restaurants and Petone shopping and immediately adjacent to beach. . . . 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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Finn's Paekakariki

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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The Beehive and Parliament Buildings

By the standards of contemporary architecture, you might think Parliament Buildings are pretty fancy. All that Takaka 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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Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park

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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Manawatu: off the main drag

Adventurer, photographer and author Nick Allen explores the Manawatu and finds that John Cleese was very, very wrong about the place.  Read the story . . . 

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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) offers budget accommodation in the centre of Wellington, the hostel features a 24-hour guest kitchen, self-service laundry facilities . . . More . . . 

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Kapiti Coast: from frowning bluffs to ancient rivers

Kapiti Coast is more than just a place to die writes John McCrystal. Read the story . . . 

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Foreshore Motor Lodge

15 units, serviced daily: 11 studio (sleep 1-4, 4th by prior request), 4 x 1-bedroom (sleep 2-5, 5th by prior request) with fully equipped kitchen. . . . More . . . 

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Horowhenua: where the earth moves

Horowhenua once used to have a slogan that advertised the district as ‘the feel of real New Zealand.’ This was probably once accurate, assuming you consider New Zealand to be pretty mushy, overall writes John McCrystal. Read the story . . . 

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Cottage Park Motor Lodge & Conference Centre

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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Camellia Court Motel

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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New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Film critic Sarah Watt explores how movies put New Zealand on the map — and how it can be something of a blessing and a curse that, nowadays, most people immediately think of The Lord of the Rings when it comes to local cinema. Read the story . . . 

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