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Castlepoint, Wairarapa.

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Food and drink

Eat and drink your way around Wellington City

With a stellar collection of superb cafés and restaurants, most within easy walking distance, plus an abundance of boutique brew bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Wellington.  Read the story . . . 

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Queen Elizabeth Park: family-friendly fun

Explore one of New Zealand’s best family-friendly parks in Masterton.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: North Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Check out our Must-Do's guide to find attractions, activities, experiences and accommodation on your next North Island road trip. Read the story . . . 

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South Wairarapa: cobblestones and charm

Greytown is so picture-perfect with its mantle of frothy spring blossoms, it’s like walking onto a well-dressed movie set. Read the story . . . 

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Find Wellington’s largest fur seal colony at Turakirae Head

Wellington’s Turakirae Head at the southern end of the Remutaka Range is a unique habitat for native birds, reptiles and most notably kekeno, or New Zealand fur seals. Read the story . . . 

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Cycle the vines in Martinborough

Flat country roads make the perfect terrain for easy cycling in between vineyards – no lycra required! Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Wellington

Wellington city, with its mix of art, culture, entertainment and thriving gastronomic scene is a great spot for a weekend escape.  Read the story . . . 

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Castlepoint Scenic Reserve: the views, the views, the views

Castlepoint has long, languorous beaches, exquisite sunrises, sheltered lagoons and fossil-rich reefs... and of course the prettiest lighthouse. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Kāpiti Island: birds of paradise

Lying only 15 minutes off Paraparaumu by boat and only 90 minutes north of Wellington by road, Kāpiti Island is New Zealand’s most accessible offshore wildlife sanctuary. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Indulge: food and drink in Wairarapa

Martinborough is renowned for its vineyards, but there is also a thriving food scene in the Wairarapa region to explore.  Read the story . . . 

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Matiu / Somes Island: New Zealand’s Alcatraz

Visit the intriguing Matiu/Somes island in the middle of Wellington Harbour. Read the story . . . 

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Discover the ‘badlands erosion’ of Putangirua Pinnacles

Ancient gravels and millions of years of erosion have created one of New Zealand’s most spectacular geological sites at the Putangirua Pinnacles.  Read the story . . . 

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