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New Zealand's capital is a cosmopolitan blend of urban amenities and outdoor pursuits all situated picturesquely on an impressive horseshoe-shaped harbour. While the city provides endless fashionable shopping and dining experiences it's only a short drive to the wild south coast where seals live amid rugged rocks. The CBD provides numerous cultural and heritage attractions including museums, galleries and theatres, and you can head inland and explore the forested hills of the Hutt Valley or drive to Porirua on the west coast and hit the beaches.
There's plenty to entertain visitors to the Kapiti Coast. Not only does it possess beautiful white sandy beaches, an excellent cafe scene and unique shopping opportunities, it's also just a short trip away from Kapiti Island, one of New Zealand's most accessible island nature reserves. The region is rich in Maori history and boasts some excellent walks, plus it's home to the largest private collection of vintage cars in the southern hemisphere. And then there's the ice cream.
To the east of the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges, the Wairarapa region embraces all the land from Eketahuna in the north to Cape Palliser at the North Island's southernmost point. Attractions are many and varied, and include Martinborough wineries, Cape Palliser's Maori heritage sites and fur seal colony, the daffodil spring festival, sheep shearing and even a fabulous toy museum. Try the nine-hole golf course at Riversdale Beach, where you can also find great fishing, snorkelling and cray fishing.
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