Wellington Region Off The Beaten Path

  • Look for plaques.
    Look for plaques.
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  • Shopping!
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  • Canopy Walkway to the Visitor Centre.
    Canopy Walkway to the Visitor Centre.
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Wellington Region Off The Beaten Path

  • Glow worms!

    Our local guide took us wading through an underground river to get us to a cave. He turned off the flash light while we were still knee high in water, and to our amazement, tiny lights in the ceiling revealed that the cave was full of glow worms. The sight was absolutely amazing. When asked why this wasn't a huge tourist attraction, our local guide...

  • Cuba Mall is one of the main...

    Cuba Mall is one of the main shopping and dining areas in Wellington. It is closed to traffic and is a pleasant part of town to wander around. If you walk out of the Civic Square, head south down Willis St., and then turn left into Dixon St. you'll get there (its about 5 miutes walk). There are lots of nice pubs, restaurants, coffee houses and arts...

  • Kapiti Island is a native bird...

    Kapiti Island is a native bird reserve which can only be accessed by chartered boat with a special permit issued by the government. There is one caretaker stationed on the Island which is some 5km off shore from the beach resort town of Paraparaumu.This photo is taken of Kapiti from our home.

  • Ok, if you are into bush...

    Ok, if you are into bush walks, Wellington supports quite a number of those within the area. One in particular is around a 20 minute drive from downtown Wellington, to another little city within Wellington, called Porirua. We have a walkway through bush called 'Colonial Knob' which to me would be just for the fit, I have only seen it, but many a...

  • This is a memorial in a...

    This is a memorial in a cemetary of most of the people who died in earthquake of 1931. It is a very interesting cemetary. It is on top of a hill and is called Island Park Cemetary. There is a very good view from there of Napier. It is about 10 minutes drive from Napier, to Taradale.

  • Steam Train buff's The...

    Steam Train buff's The Mainline Steam Museum and Workshops at Paekakariki are a must. Also a few miles north of Wellington but for the enthralled in this ancient form of rail a wonderful experience , at certain times one is able to drive the steam engines , for a donation of course. The engine sheds and workshops plus the yards are full of the...

  • Remember the days of the Trams...

    Remember the days of the Trams , the Clang of the brake bell the hustle of the comuters scrambling to and from from the steps of the trams all rushing to work and home again , well re-live that experience without the crush , at the Queens Elizabeth Park Tram Museum , just North Of Paekakariki, Where sevral working trams run a 3 Kilometer line out...

  • Titahi Bay Beach , in the...

    Titahi Bay Beach , in the Northern city of Porirua, a jewel in the sun , no more than 30 ks North of the city a tranquil beach , catering for all coastal activities , from swimming , surfing, rock climbing , walking tracks encompassing fantastic vista's of the South Island and Mana Island. Also fishing , diving and all manner of water sports , a...

  • The Open Air markets , like...

    The Open Air markets , like very where in the world New Zealand have the Markets. the One picture one of two on Saturdays in the wellington Area, in the grounds of the Porirua hospital, running from about 7.30 till 11am all manner of activites and products maybe found there, from McDonalds toys to Muisc tapes.Known as the second chance Market the...

  • Not off the beaten track but a...

    Not off the beaten track but a must to see and do , as all roads east head there, The Wine growing region of Martinborough over the Rimutuka Hill and in the Wiarappa , several world class vineyards, have established themselves in the rich river flat valley, Bus companies run day tours there , or you can take you car and do your own thing ,...

  • Kaitoke Regional Park - This...

    Kaitoke Regional Park - This is only for LOTR fans, as the park was used in the film as the location of Rivendell, the Last Homely House of Lord Elrond. Of course, there is nothing left of the film scenes.... but the park is nice and with a little imagination, you may even see elves behind the trees :-).The Park is close to Upper Hutt, about half...

  • Wellington's Botanic Gardens,...

    Wellington's Botanic Gardens, established in 1868, are well worth a half day or even a full day visit.Covering 26 hectares the Gardens may be accessed from the top of the Cable Car or Tinakori Road

  • These things are more things...

    These things are more things that depend on your interests as to whether you'd like them or not:RAINBOW'S END - it's our one and ONLY theme park people. I only really like 3 or 4 rides there, been there TOO much but it's nice for kids etc. and if you miss roller coasters etc.! If you go DO check out the Flume Ride, very nice!CAMERON POOLS: Sauna,...

  • Near Matamata (in the...

    Near Matamata (in the foothills of the Kaimai ranges) in the east of the Waikato, about 2 or 3 hours south of Auckland, is a camping group with a restaurant with the unique hangi pie which is cooked based on the traditional Maori style and also offers a range of other foods. The link is http://www.pnbfoods.co.nz/restrnt.html and the people who run...

  • MOTAT is Museum of Transport...

    MOTAT is Museum of Transport And Technology and is near Western Springs Park which you can walk around, also near the Speedway (in Summer) So several possibilities there. Haven't been to MOTAT for a while but great for especially transport enthusists! You can also ride in trams! Well you COULD!

  • Wellington is close to a...

    Wellington is close to a number of other activities including: rimataka incline (mountain bikers) 45mins, tararua national park (hiking) 90mins, car museum 60mins, kapiti cheese & icecream factory 60mins, Other activies in Wellington: James Caberet for comedy & shows, Old St James for shows, Rialto for movies (or Penthouse in Brooklyn).

  • Mt. Victoria, just on the west...

    Mt. Victoria, just on the west side of the city. You will find several walking and riding tracks, suberb sights of the city (both sides) and some lookout points (reachable also by car). Have some breath while 'climbing' up!

  • Take a walk up the paths to...

    Take a walk up the paths to the top of Mount Victoria. Great views of the city and a really nice hike up there too. If you can get hold of a mountain bike take it up because the paths up there are superb for biking and cater for riders of all levels.


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