WELLINGTON/WAIRARAPA - NEW ZEALAND
The Wellington region is located at the centre of New Zealand and includes New Zealand 's capital city— Wellington . The population is approximately 370,000.
The capital of New Zealand , Wellington is surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline, and boasts a stunning harbour .
Wellington is also a cultural centre —home to Te Papa, the ground-breaking interactive Museum of New Zealand , the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi and Katherine Mansfield's Birthplace.
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NZstays - Hightlights of Wellington
Before the wine industry came along, Marlborough`s fame lay with its sounds—sunken valleys that are home to all kinds of wonderful bird and sea life, including terns, shags, blue penguins, dolphins and seals. Queen Charlotte , Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds can be explored by boat—ferry, runabout, luxury charter launch or kayak. Admire the spectacular scenery where bush and mountains rise straight from the sea, and secret coves beckon you for a swim.
Queen Charlotte Track is another way to appreciate the intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. The 67 kilometre track passes through lush coastal forest, around coves and inlets, and along skyline ridges offering breathtaking views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.
Guided trout fishing and hunting tours are other ways to appreciate the beauty of the Marlborough landscape. The average brown trout in this region weighs between one to three kilograms, depending on the fishing ground.
NZstays - Main Centres in Wellington
Wellington city - capital of New Zealand
Porirua - a major retail centre and home to Pataka - museum of Pacific art and culture
Hutt City - across the harbour from Wellington city
Upper Hutt - at the base of the Rimutaka hills
Kapiti Coast - with its warm, relaxed climate
NZstays - Wellington/Wairapa Region
Whether you want to dabble in history or indulge at divine restaurants, Wellington is a capital city with a great deal of style. Enjoy!
Kapiti Island is a nature reserve that protects some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered birds. Launch trips leave from Paraparaumu Beach.
Lower Hutt’s riverside location makes it attractive in any season. Enjoy excellent museums and art galleries or drive the bays to Eastbourne.
From the rural town of Otaki you can plan expeditions into the Tararua Forest Park, where there are great hiking and hunting opportunities.
Golf, gourmet foods and scenic flights are three reasons to spend some time in Paraparaumu. This sunny coastal town promises plenty to do.
The harbour city of Porirua is just 15 minutes north of Wellington. It’s the home of Pataka, one of New Zealand’s most important museums.
Upper Hutt is a city for fresh air and outdoor fun. Hike or bike in the hills, fish in the river and stroll some of the 50 parks and reserves.
Take a break in Waikanae to discover the nature reserve. Pathways allow you to explore the swamp forest habitat and the eels are fed at 2pm.
Carterton is known for its daffodils, antique shops and historic cottages, or you can delve into the wilderness of the Tararua Forest Park.
The settlement of Eketahuna is situated on the banks of the Makakahi River. In kiwi slang, Eketahuna represents the archetypal small country town.
If you’re a railway or military enthusiast, you’ll want to visit Featherston. This historic Wairarapa town is known for seriously good museums.
The main street of Greytown is memorable for its carefully restored Victorian wooden buildings. Charming cafes and restaurants are a strong point too.
Martinborough is all about food, wine and having a fine time. Park yourself in a character cottage and discover the vineyards and restaurants on foot.
In Masterton every March, sheep shearing is hailed as an art form. This town is the main shopping and service centre for the rural Wairarapa region.
If you like to fossick around antique shops, spend a few hours in Woodville. Hunt for china, collectables and authentic New Zealand knick knacks.