Wellington, the capital City and the seat of Government, is nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour. With a vibrant compact CBD there is a huge array of cafés, fine dining restaurants and art galleries as well as a humming nightlife and music scene boutique hotels, exclusive villas and romantic wedding venues. Home of the bold and interactive national museum Te Papa, the Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Ballet this city is a mecca of arts and culture.
An hour’s drive to the northeast lies the Wairarapa, a region of vineyards big skies, wide valleys and small character full towns such as Victorian gem Greytown, the birthplace of Arbour day. The Wairarapa Coast is bounded on one side by a wild stretch of coast, punctuated with calm beaches suitable for recreation, and on the other the Tararua Ranges, an accessible wilderness. Now an established wine-growing area the industry continues to develop and move northwards towards Masterton from Martinborough. The world’s last remaining Fell Engine is showcased in a museum at Featherston and Masterton is home to an impressive vintage Aviation Museum.
Forty minutes from Central Wellington is the Kapiti Coast with its seaside holiday settlements, Kapiti Island nature and marine reserve and a world class car museum making it a desirable visitor destination.