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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.  

 

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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 delicacies.

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 and crew.

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.

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