Wellington: culture, activities and the weather

From ballet to fashion to art to birds to parliament to gardens – Wellington's got it all (just try to...


Public art in Wellington's Civic Square. © Colleen Tunnicliff

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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 most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Read the story . . . 

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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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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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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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Events and festivals

Homegrown: serving up local musical treats for a decade in Wellington

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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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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Heritage and history

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings

Discover the heritage and iconic architecture of Wellington's Beehive and historic Parliament Buildings.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Wellington: the coolest capital

If you want real drama, come here by air when Wellington’s on song. For our beloved capital city is synonymous for most Kiwis with wind. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Wellington: culture, activities and the weather

From ballet to fashion to art to birds to parliament to gardens – Wellington's got it all (just try to get it on a good day). Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Wellington Waterfront: where writers' words are cast

Did you know that Wellington's world-class Waterfront is home to the words of some New Zealand's most famous writers? Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail... Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Working at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Every day is full of surprises, along with rich and rewarding experiences when you work at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Wellington: coffee, beer and food, food, food

Wellingtonians pride themselves on being connoisseurs of all things gastronomical, fancying themselves the equivalent of the residents of New York’s Brooklyn or London’s East Side. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

From bacon butties in Dunedin to dumpling and donuts in Auckland or fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront, New Zealand's food markets are a great way to eat. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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