By Julian Apse
Wellington is the gateway to the South Island and home to the nation's capital - a place brimming with arts & culture. Explore towns in Wellington below.
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 hosting some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds. Its protected waters are home to an abundance of marine life.
Pause in Levin for beach walks and bargains. At Waitarere Beach you can walk to a shipwreck; around town there are factory outlet shops to browse.
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.