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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From $135
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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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Things to do

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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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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The Thorndon Wellington Visit website

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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Natural attractions

Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cook Strait crossing

Enjoy the 70-kilometre rite of passage for any Kiwi through the Roaring Forties and one of the world’s roughest and most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Read the story . . . 

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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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Activities

Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand

Explore this waharoa to our natural and cultural heritage, home to three rugby fields' worth of beautifully crafted space, untold treasures and fascinating stories. Read the story . . . 

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Hydrabad Holiday Park Visit website

Hydrabad Holiday Park is a quiet family park at the popular Waitarere Beach. We have a swimming pool, trampolines and a play area. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve: an accessible island sanctuary

Reckon on a kākā landing on your shoulder or a weka scurrying over your feet, all to the calls of kākāriki, bellbird, robin and saddleback. 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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Natural attractions

Zealandia: the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary

Explore the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with more than 30 kilometres of walking tracks and ample opportunities to spot tuatara, kiwi, hihi, saddleback and tūī. Read the story . . . 

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Rowena's City Lodge Visit website

Our aim is to make your stay in Wellington a pleasant one with affordable and comfortable hostel accommodation and camping facilities and parking for small . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings: the heart of Aotearoa's government

Get to the nub of it at all and join a free guided tour into the heart of New Zealand’s government at the Beehive in the parliamentary precinct. 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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Events and festivals

Homegrown: serving up local musical treats for a decade

You’ve wandered among the wildlife at Zealandia, you’ve soaked up the citylife along the waterfront, observed bustling bureaucracy at the Beehive: now, you are ready to rock! Read the story . . . 

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