Wellington has been named ‘the coolest little capital’ by Lonely Planet, and it’s easy to see why; here you’ll find an abundance of culture, plenty of activities, a beautiful seaside setting and a laidback atmosphere. Spend your time here relaxing on the city’s golden beach, wander the many excellent galleries and museums, or get the adrenaline pumping with some of New Zealand’s famous adventure activities – from kayaking to mountain biking.
To immerse yourself in this country’s amazing culture, visit Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum, and explore six storeys of fascinating exhibits and artefacts. For enjoying the best views of this lovely city, we recommend hopping aboard the historic cable car or heading to the Mount Victoria lookout, some 196 metres above the metropolis.
Nearby, Wairarapa offers even more scenic views and an array of ways to spend your time – from touring some of New Zealand’s finest vineyards and wine cellars in Martinborough to venturing across Waiohine Gorge’s suspension bridge or strolling along the sands at Cape Palliser. Masterton is an ideal stop for all the family, featuring a miniature train and mini golf.
Spend an afternoon browsing the boutique shops in beautiful Greytown, or go hiking, climbing, canoeing or fishing in Tararua Forest Park.