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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Foreshore Motor Lodge Visit website

15 ground floor units, serviced daily: 11 studio (sleep 1-3) with kitchenette, 4 x 1-bedroom (sleep 2-6, 5th & 6th by prior request) with fully . . . 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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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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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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ASURE 83 By The Sea Motor Lodge Visit website

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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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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Bucket Tree Lodge Visit website

The Bucket Tree Lodge is Tawa's only Motel and is situated in Willowbank Reserve occupying a site of historical significance in 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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Brentwood Hotel Visit website

Brentwood Hotel where you will experience a warm friendly welcome is conveniently located in a quiet urban setting nestled in Kilbirnie. . . . 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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Apollo Lodge Motel Visit website

Apollo Lodge Motel is situated in the heart of the entertainment district with Courtenay Place a minute's walk; here you will find restaurants, cafes and . . . 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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Camellia Court Motel Visit website

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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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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Adelaide Motel Visit website

Comfortable, affordable studios and 1-bedroom units. Conveniently situated for city centre, Airport, Interislander ferries, Westpac Stadium and Te Papa Museum. Walking distance to Wellington Hospital, . . . 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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