Kapiti Gateway Motel

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

Cnr Main Road (SH1) and Martin Street, Waikanae, , North Island, New Zealand
Kapiti Gateway Motel
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Satisfaction Excellent
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs about the same, but rated 21% higher than other 2.5 star hotels

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Forum Posts

For a first time visitor

by Stephanie557

I'm from Singapore and planning on going to NZ for holiday with a friend. Its our first time visiting New Zealand and we've decided on Wellington.

-> For a first time visit to New Zealand on a budget trip, is Wellington realisticly the best idea or do you recommend another city in New Zealand?

-> Our budget for this trip (6days) is 1,028.14 NZD per person. Is that enough for a simple 6 day stay in Wellington?

-> Whats the weather like in Wellington toward end March?

-> We do not know anyone in NZ so basically we have to find our way around on our own. Is it relatively safe and easy to find our way in and around Wellington?

Please help, thanx. =)

RE: For a first time visitor

by hollyday

I think you will manage quite nicely in Wellington on $1,000 per person for a week. Check out www.wotif.com for some discounted hotel rates, you should find plenty there to suit your budget especially if two or more are able to share a room or apartment.

Wellington is quite a small city and is easy to get around on foot. There are plenty of buses and trains to take you further afield if needed.

The weather in New Zealand is always a gamble, this summer has been very erratic with freezing cold days and then sweltering hot days. Just be sure to bring something warm just in case the weather turns cold during your visit but otherwise expect it to be warm enough for t-shirts & jeans during the daylight hours and a bit cooler at night.

New Zealand is a relatively safe destination but don't forget to use your usual safety precautions, there is crime here so don't be lulled into a false sense of security.

RE: For a first time visitor

by doverox

I spent 2 weeks on the North Island in November and only spent $1000 US including accomodations. Wellington was awesome and less expensive than Auckland by far.

RE: For a first time visitor

by amariel

I lived in Wellington for a year. Wellington is a safe and easy city, you should not have any problems getting around. However, the weather is usually questionable. There are several backpacker hostels in the city, I would suggest Rosemere, it is inexpensive and you will meet many other travelers there looking to see the city. Make sure to spend some time looking in the shops on Cuba street, Manners mall, Courtenay place and Lambton Quay. You should also visit Te Papa- the national museum. I would also encourage you to go to the Botanical Gardens- they are magnificent.
As for your budget, I believe it will suffice. You should be warned, though, that Wellington is one of the absolute most expensive cities in New Zealand. Food and drink is very expensive. So are taxis. Don't be afraid to use the bus system and the cable car. If I were you, I would stop in at a Star Mart and buy a week's bus pass. That way, you can get around the city cheaply and easily. There are bus stops everywhere, and at every bus stop is a timetable and course route.
Best of luck!

Travel Tips for Wellington

Courtenay Place - Entertainment, Food and Fun

by Kakapo2

I never stay awake long enough to see the ugly face of such places like Courtenay Place which is not a place in the meaning of: square, but a street which is the centre of Wellington’s dining and café scene. At its eastern end is the Embassy Theatre. It is just two or three blocks from the Waterfront and Te Papa, so you will always get there at some point.

There are talks to convert Courtenay Place into a square – which I think would be fantastic. Police would also praise this as a fantastic idea as it could help to solve the problem of car hoons cruising the street on weekends and endangering the thousands of people who are only out there for dinner or a drink and having fun. (Not to talk of what happens in the early morning hours when most revellers are drunken and the rate of violent encounters raises dramatically…)

There are some great Italian places at Courtenay Place, some with nice outdoor seating. Great to watch other people ;-)

Quite a Desk

by craic

Perhaps you know of the NZ writer Janet Frame (recently deceased, alas.) Jane Campion made a movie of her autobio called An Angel At My Table.
You probably don't know of Charles Brasch, NZ poet and editor of Landfall for many years.
Anyway, he used to layout Landfall on this table, then he gave it to Janet.
So now it is called the Landfall/Janet Frame Desk and is housed in the lobby of the International Institute of Modern Letters which is part of Victoria University.
It's not official or anything, well not that I know of, but if you want to make a pilgrimage and view it - I am sure you can just pop in and see it. People coming and going all the time.
Official address is 16 Waiteata Road, Kelburn. But a quicker, easier way is through the campus, just behind the library. Saves climbing a lot of steps.

How is this a local custom? Well - it is a custom of the locals to revere their very good writers.

Palliser Beach - Southernmost point on North Isl.

by hethbill

Palliser Beach is definitely not one of the more well visited places on North Island- inhabited by more sea lions than people with a lighthouse up on a bluff. The whole area makes for some great photographs and a quiet relaxing afternoon.

If you look on a map east of Wellington, you'll see there's only one road that goes out there, and it dead-ends at Palliser so it's easy to find.

Serious walking in Wellington

by craic

I got a swag of booklets at the info centre in Civic Square for the more serious tramping type of walking.
Like there is the Skyline Track and the Southern and Northern Walkways.
There is a map so you are not just wandering aimlessly.
Mind you when I was out wandering on Mt Victoria today I kept coming upon signs directing me to the Southern Walkway. (And also to filming locations for Lord Of The Rings.) So it was hard to be aimless and get lost.
I would very much like to do the Eastern Walkway out Seatoun way by the Pass of Branda and get to see the Ataturk memorial.

Mind you, most walking in Wellington is of a fairly serious nature. Not a stroll in the park sort of city. As I was descending to Oriental Bay today it was just like walking to Portofino (see my San Fruttuoso page). Walking to Portofino has become a catchcry in my family for an extraordinary walk. "It was like walking to Portofino!" Today Wellington was just as beautiful - and steep.

There is a plan afoot to get a walkway system (the Te Araroa Walkway) from Cape Reinga to the Bluff (except for Cook Strait of course LOL) and I believe extensive stretches of it are completed.


by fishandchips about Malthouse

The Malthouse has recently moved from Willis St to its new location on Courtenay place between Tory & Allen sts. The bar is on the smaller side but has plenty of seating and is a great place to have a beer or two. Behind the bar is a vast, vast array of international beers from all over the globe. Added to this is a few local beers on tap including a couple of exceptional brew - the Tuatara Pilsner & the Monk's Habit from the Cock & Bull brewery. The latter is a 7% alcohol beer so you need to be careful!!

Service here was great and nothing was a problem. Open 'til quite late most nights the Malthouse is a good spot to sample a few ales. If you are a homesick visitor or a local who hasn't experienced the wonders of international brews the Malthouse is the right place to go. Casual is the thing here with the punters in the bar wearing everthing from jeans & tee shirts to expensice suits. You should fit in no matter what you are in!!


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