Wellington - Wairarapa

Called the world’s ‘coolest little capital’ Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara) is known for its vibrant arts scene, world class café and restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. A creative, cosmopolitan city, Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital city with the warmth and personality of a village. Spectacular coastlines, big skies, wide valleys and colonial townships make up the Wairarapa, one of the country’s top wine and food destinations, with the surrounding land covered in vineyards, olive groves and beef, sheep and dairy farms. The coastline is rich in history and geology and includes two scenic lighthouses at Cape Palliser and Castlepoint while a growing range of cycling and walking routes have been developed to take in the incredible scenery. Find out more at WellingtonNZ.com and wairarapanz.com

Major Centres: 

Wellington
Porirua
Lower Hutt
Paraparaumu
Masterton

Airports: 

Wellington Domestic and International Airport Paraparaumu Domestic Airport

Ataahua Beauty Spa

+64 4 939 9203

Ataahua Beauty Spa offers massage, spa treatment, manicure, pedicure, makeup, waxing, electrolysis, lashes, wraps, beauty packages, tinting and wraps.

Kāpiti Four x 4 Adventure

0800 368 794

Kia ora. We provide guided quad bike one to four hour adventures in the beautiful Akatarawa Forest. We are based less than an hour drive from Wellington City. Each adventure is tailored to suit your group's ability and requirements. Our professional staff will give you all the training and support needed to get out in the bush with confidence! We also offer clay bird shooting and archery. Our goal is to make your adventure as memorable as possible. Bookings are essential to let us plan your next adventure!

Kapiti Island Nature Tours

0800 527 484

Kapiti Island Nature Tours offer a unique opportunity to experience New Zealand's most highly endangered wildlife in a completely natural setting. Kapiti Island is a predator free nature reserve where visitors can get up and personal with native birds such as the Kaka, Tieke, Kiwi, Kereru and Kakariki. Kapiti Island Nature Tours offer overnight kiwi spotting tours, day tours, ferry transport & guided walks with interpretation on flora, fauna and Māori Culture.

Karaka Café is a beautiful, modern, fully licensed 100-seater café and summer bar open 7 days a week. Brought to life by the summer sun and fresh ocean sea, we boast the tastes and aromas of traditional New Zealand cuisine. Whether you're looking for casual dining for breakfast or lunch, or a delicious selection of platters and drinks for those fabulous summer afternoons and early evenings relaxing on the terraced grassed areas on Whairepo Lagoon, Karaka Cafe is where it’s at.

Kura Gallery

+64 4 802 4934

Kura is passionate about supporting the growth of contemporary Māori art and design overseas and locally. We have over 15 years experience selling and showcasing an extensive range of authentic, original and quality made Māori and New Zealand art and design. Kura has galleries in Auckland and Wellington, providing highly visible spaces in both city central locations. We showcase what is truly unique to Aotearoa.

Māori Arts Gallery

+64 4 938 9892

Māori Arts Gallery is a Māori-owned family business situated on Wellington's beautiful waterfront. We provide a unique range of traditional & contemporary Māori arts and crafts, with gifts made of Greenstone, Paua, Flax Weaving, Wood and Bone Carving. We also have a fine range of Māori Cloaks, Traditional Māori Weapons and Wall Art. We provide a free copy of the Kaupapa (meaning or symbolic significance) of each purchase to enable you to understand and take pride in your special New Zealad gift.

StoneCutter Vineyard & Winery

+64 27 555 0420

At StoneCutter Vineyard & Winery, small crops of intensely flavoured fruit from our boutique Martinborough vineyard are lovingly hand crafted into exceptional wines of distinctive character at our on-site winery. It’s a reflection of the dedication, patience and commitment to perfection that Maori used to craft their greenstone treasures. Open hours: Sat-Sun 11:00am-4:00pm, other times by appointment.

Take the opportunity to experience and share in the rich culture and history of Wellington by taking a Waka (Māori Canoe) or Walking Tour. Hear stories that relate to Māori from a Te Atiawa/Taranaki Whanui (tribe) perspective on a Hidden Treasures Walking Tour. Visit the uncovered remains of two whare ponga (buildings) with exclusive access to an excavation site not open to the public. Take a Waka Tour in a working waka, on the water with our kaihoe (paddlers) and learn traditional paddling techniques, waka calls, haka and salutes.

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