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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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

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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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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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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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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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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Marksman Motor Inn Visit website

Located in central CBD and adjacent to Basin Reserve, easy walk (500m) to Courtenay Place, restaurants, theatres and hospitals. 19 self-contained ground-floor and first-floor studio . . . 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 . . . 

Omega Rental Cars, Wellington Visit website

Omega Rental Cars Wellington has depots nationwide providing quality vehicles and first-class service. Our modern fleet of hire cars include sedans, 4WD stationwagons and MPVs . . . 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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Willis Wellington Hotel Visit website

Located centrally on Willis Street in the funky, cosmopolitan Cuba Quarter, the Willis Wellington hotel is just a short walk from the CBD and is . . . 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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Kapiti Lindale Motel & Conference Centre Visit website

Kapiti Lindale Motel is centrally located on Kapiti Coast. Just a few minutes to shops, restaurants, cafes, clubs and museum. 10 minutes from the Paraparaumu . . . 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 . . . 

Southgate Motor Inn Visit website

Southgate Motor Inn - affordable and luxurious - adding another dimension of style and sophistication to Wellington's accommodation scene. Situated opposite Wellington Hospital and set . . . 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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