Wellington & Martinborough
Arts, culture, fine dining and breathtaking scenery - that's
what Wellington's all about. New Zealand's capital city is
nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour and has a
vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot.
Visit the galleries. Go and see the World-class New
Zealand Symphony Orchestra or the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Keep an eye out for the public sculptures - there are many
interesting and contemporary pieces around the city - or follow the
Writer's Walk along the waterfront. The city is home to Te
Papa Tongarewa. Te Papa, as it's colloquially known, means
'Our Place' and is the National museum, which tells the story of
New Zealand's history through bold and interractive exhibits.
The city also has a humming nightlife. Known as the
culinary capital, famous for tucked away bars, quirky cafes, award
winning restaurants and really great coffee. Enjoy a
cocktail down one of the alleys, followed by dinner at one of a
number of award-winning restaurants the city boasts.
Head over the nearby Rimutaka Ranges and after a short drive a
haven of gourmet food and wine awaits you in Martinborough and the
Wairarapa region. This is one of New Zealand's top food and
wine destinations, the region is at the heart of the Classic New
Zealand Wine Trail with Martinborough at its centre. With
over 36 wineries nestled around the square in the central boutique
town, it's the place for those with a palate for fine wine, food,
exploring and relaxing. And if its boutique shopping you
want, then look no further than uber-chic Greytown village.
A day visit or an overnight stay is the perfect complement to
your visit to Wellington.
Capture the essence of the city on foot with a walking tour of
the central city. Take in all the gourmet delights, locally
brewed coffee and hidden gems that abound.
Learn about New Zealand and its relatively recent, but
fascinating, history. Take time to experience our National
museum and its exhibits.
Take a trip across to Martinborough. Indulge in a day of
wine tasting and gourmet olive oils and locally grown
In the hometown of the Weta Workshop, partake in a Middle Earth
experience. Visit Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film
locations and have your guide tell you of the antics of the cast
Take a ride on the Wellington cable car, a local icon. It
runs from Lambton Quay and takes you up to Kelburn. At the
top you can take in the stunning panoramic views, visit the
wonderful Carter Observatory, planetarium and museum. Walk
back down through the botanical gardens and take in the exotic
forest, native bush and floral displays.