From the vibrance of the 'coolest little capital' to scenic sounds, here's what you must not miss when visiting Wellington and Marlborough.
Jump on a Capital Craft Beer Tour and indulge in the latest seasonal brews from some of Wellington's award-winning breweries. Or, test your beer knowledge at the Craft Beer College with a blind tasting session designed for those wanting to match Kiwi beers against their international counterparts.
With an abundance of native bush and wildlife the Queen Charlotte Track offers walking and cycling trails with panoramic views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. Stretching more than 70km the track can be completed in five days on foot or three days by bike.
Wellington is home to a thriving coffee scene that puts New Zealand on the map for its brews and beans. Some of the local favourites include Flight Coffee’s The Hangar, Havana Coffee Works, Caffe L’affare, and Leeds Street Bakery where you can grab a fresh sourdough loaf for lunch and a salted caramel cookie for later.
With most of the country’s sauvignon blanc plantings, Marlborough is New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc capital. Offering more than 150 vineyards and 37 cellar doors, thriving vines can be seen as far as the eye can see. Guided tours are available for those in search of the perfect drop.
Take a twilight cruise through Queen Charlotte Sounds with the Seafood Odyssea Cruise. Enjoy the views alongside a seafood feast, featuring Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams, Greenshell mussels and a suitable pairing of Marlborough sauvignon blanc.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at The Lord of the Rings, Hobbit and Avatar movies sets in Wellington with Weta Workshop, known for their award-winning design and effects for these films. Jump on a There and Back Again: The Full Experience tour to get an up-close look at weapons and costumes from the films.
More than 1500km of New Zealand’s coastline make up Marlborough Sounds, the perfect destination to relax and unwind. For the active relaxer there is no shortage of activities including walking, tramping, kayaking and fishing. Marlborough's waterfront offers a great range of ‘rooms with a view’ including luxury apartments.
Take a walk down Hannah’s Laneway and treat your taste buds to local flavours from residents of the lane including Wellington Chocolate Factory, Shepherd, Fix & Fogg and Golding’s Free Dive. The lane is also home to great shops to pick up a souvenir in memory of time spent in the capital.
Accessible only by boat, Marlborough Sounds is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque coastlines. Jump on a local cruise to explore the isolated bays and meet wildife that live in and around the Sounds including fur seals, little blue penguins, dolphins the rare Rowi kiwi, tuatara and weka.