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: 

Lower Hutt


Wellington Domestic and International Airport Paraparaumu Domestic Airport

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.

Neighbourhood Coffee House

+64 6 306 6378

4 Memorial Square

Martinborough is the home of Neighbourhood Coffee House and In The Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters. We are a micro roaster, coffee house, and retailer. We offer an exciting range of cabinet food from freshly baked rustic pastries, slices and cakes to super-food smoothies, and gluten free delights, our bakers whip up a fine batch of cheese scones every morning, voted the best in NZ by the crew at Radio Live NZ, we’re pretty super excited about that! We also scoop up NZ favourite Tip Top Ice cream from our Hood Ice cream Bar.  In The Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters deliver freshly roasted Coffee to the Wairarapa every day.  We are open 6am – 4pm, 7 Days a week

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.

Waka Kapiti

+64 204 153 5732

Join us for the experience of a lifetime on the stunning Kapiti Coast. Right on the doorstep of Kapiti Island, sailing and paddling a holopuni on the Kapiti Marine Reserve will leave you spellbound!

The holopuni – meaning to venture everywhere  is a unique sailing craft, a fusion of modern and traditional Hawaiian outrigger design. Built to harness the wind and current, our experienced holopuni skippers provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all ages and ability. 

For the freedom of solitary adventure, book our solo tour or share the moment with a couple or group booking.  

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