Wellington & Wairarapa
New Zealand’s capital city and gateway between the North and South Islands, Wellington offers an unforgettable urban experience in a stunning natural location.
This vibrant city is home to more than 300 cafés, bars and restaurants and it rivals the world’s top culinary destinations for flavour and variety.
Together with an abundance of art and culture, Wellington is also home of Te Papa Tongarewa, the country’s interactive and innovative national museum and New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings which are open for all to see with free tours.
Head out of the city for a day exploring the hidden gems of the Wairarapa, only an hour’s drive north of Wellington.
A rural area with an off-the-beaten-track charm, Wairarapa has plenty to offer visitors. Spend a day exploring the vineyards and artisans of Martinborough or visit Cape Palliser, the southernmost point of the North Island. Head up to the Waiohine Gorge at the foot of the Tararuas and a swing bridge is your gateway to tramping tracks into the ranges.
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Zealandia is the world’s first fully-fenced urban eco sanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state.
The 225 hectare eco sanctuary is a ground-breaking conservation project that has reintroduced over 20 species of native wildlife back into the area, some of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.
Te Papa National Museum
Whether you’re a fan of museums or not, Te Papa is unlike any other museum you will have visited before, it’s far from the more traditional expectations of dusty old buildings filled with old ‘things’. Te Papa tells the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand through innovative and interactive exhibitions that are fascinating and fun for curious minds of any age.
Te Papa takes you on a journey explaining our fascinating geological origin and the world’s Youngest Country, the origin of our native species as well as our human history. And, what’s more, entry if free so go on, step inside and take your time, don’t rush, simply enjoy.