Wellington Region Things to Do

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Wellington Region Things to Do

  • Parliament Buildings & Beehive

    Wellington Things to Do

    Take a guided tour and learn about how New Zealand's government works. You'll see how laws are passed. Bills are introduced into the democratically elected House of Representatives, who then vote on them. When a Bill is passed, it then becomes an Act. New Zealand remains a constitutional monarchy, officially under the Queen, represented by the...

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  • Beehive & Parliament Buildings

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    Free tours of Parliament Buildings operate every day, on the hour. Tour duration is 1hr. Weekdays commencing 10am, last tour 4pm; Saturdays and most public holidays commencing 10am, last tour 3pm; Sundays 12noon, last tour 3pm. Contact the tour desk, ground floor, Parliament House.

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  • Wellington Cable Car

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    With over 110 years of service to the City of Wellington, the Wellington Cable Car allows easy access for pedestrians between Lambton Quay (downtown Wellington) and the Botanic Garden and Kelburn lookout where great views can be enjoyed over Wellington. There are three intermediate stops which allow easy access to local residences and business...

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  • Wellington Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    Wellington zoo increasingly focuses on 'preserving and breeding endangered animals', which is why they house a very special resident, the famous kiwi. The birds live in a dark walk-through area and if you stick around long enough you will see them foraging for food and perhaps hear their shrill call (and jump a mile!). The Kiwi's literally roam...

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  • Mt Victoria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    If Wellington is like San Francisco, then Mt Victoria is like Twin Peaks. It's the best place within the city to enjoy a panoramic overview of the harbour, the city centre, and the nearby suburbs. Incidentally, the slopes of this hill provided one of the settings for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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  • Te Papa Museum

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    New Zealand's Te Papa Mueseum opened on the 14 February 1998. The Museum is located in Wellington the capital city. With waterfront views and a unique architectural design, Te Papa is one of the city's most visted attractions. Te Papa challenges the concept of what museums should be. Many of the exhibits celebrate & educate what it means to be a...

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  • Wellington Botanic Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    Wellington Botanic Gardens is lcoated in 25ha of unique landscape. It has protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, set with great views over Wellington city. Classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, it is also an Historic Places Trust...

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  • Cable Car

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions. The journey begins at Lambton Quay, in the heart of the city. The cable car runs past the university and Kelburn Park to the top of the Botanic Gardens where the Cable Car Museum, Carter Observatory and the Planetarium are to be found. The views span out over the harbour from the Hutt Valley to...

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  • Te Papa National Museum

    Wellington Things to Do

    this marvellous building shows the (natural, cultural) history of New Zealand. We started at the top, the 6th floor and worked our way down. It is bit oversized, but will gradually fill up. The only drawback is the lunch: so we decided to go outside and returned for the second part later. Also has a very good museum store.

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  • Kapiti Coast

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    FISHING ON OPEN SEA Interesting??? Ah the whole experience was interesting. From the fact that I never ever fished in my entire life. Graham took me out with his big boat around the Kapiti Island (a protected island on the Kapiti Coast). But before I say took me out...I had to work as well: 1. You pick up the boat with your 4-wheed drive car....

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  • Waterfront

    Wellington Things to Do

    This is the best place to learn all about Wellington's past, especially the maritime history. It's full of ship models, sea memorabilia, and exhibits on local life in the past. Of particular interest are exhibits from the ill-fated inter-island ferry T.E.V. Wahine, which was lost at sea with heavy loss of life. Note: The waters off Wellington are...

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  • Lambton Quay & Downtown

    Wellington Things to Do

    Lambton Quay crosses Wellington downtown and shops (international chains and local activities) line up on both sides of the road. While shopping and window-shopping also take a look at some "old" buildings around you and rest from the sun under their shadows.

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  • ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    Zealandia received two takahe birds in January 2011 from Mana Island, to add variety to the existing birdlife. Takahe are an endangered species, and in fact were thought to be extinct before a colony of them were discovered in Fiordland, South Island, in 1948. There are now around 250 birds in existence, thanks to a captive breeding programme in...

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  • Wellington Zoo

    Wellington Things to Do

    I have spent a lot of time at the Wellington Zoo because I grew up in this city. And I have seen it change from lions and tigers in tiny concrete cages to something way more animal friendly. Back in my day we had pony cart rides, elephant rides, and gondola rides. Yes, that is right, gondola ride around the duck pond. Someone had donated a genuine...

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  • The National War Memorial

    Wellington Things to Do

    The National War Memorial and Carillon commemorates all the New Zealanders who served and died in the Boer War, World War I, World War II, and the wars in Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam. It is one of the principle War Memorials in New Zealand.

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  • Zootastic

    Wellington zoo increasingly focuses on 'preserving and breeding endangered animals', which is why they house a very special resident, the famous kiwi. The birds live in a dark walk-through area and if you stick around long enough you will see them foraging for food and perhaps hear their shrill call (and jump a mile!). The Kiwi's literally roam...

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  • SOUTHWARD MUSEUM TRUST

    This is located not that far from Wellington at Paraparaumu on Highway 1, north of Porirua city. The Southward Car Museum has a collection of over 350 vehicles, as well as three aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, fire engine etc. There is also a display of other Heritage items and Traction Engines.The car museum's collection includes Marlene...

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  • Rugby!

    Let me put it this way: My US collegue who joined me for the trip thought that American Football was the best game in the world. But after attending a Rugby game in Wellington, he had problems going home to the US. He felt a little ashamed, because he realized that American Football was for wusses, and once he was past that feeling - where would he...

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  • Go see the real Kiwis

    Wellington Zoo is small but has a good collection of animals to see and interact with, from lions to tigers to giraffes. There are also chimpanzees, lemurs, bears, meercats and of course, kiwis. But it's tricky seeing the kiwis, even in their new Nocturnal House, because it's a bit dark!Photo of the lions by Anne from Norway, one of the 42 exchange...

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  • National Museum

    New Zealand's Te Papa Mueseum opened on the 14 February 1998. The Museum is located in Wellington the capital city. With waterfront views and a unique architectural design, Te Papa is one of the city's most visted attractions. Te Papa challenges the concept of what museums should be. Many of the exhibits celebrate & educate what it means to be a...

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  • Parliament Buildings: Beehive

    Free tours of Parliament Buildings operate every day, on the hour. Tour duration is 1hr. Weekdays commencing 10am, last tour 4pm; Saturdays and most public holidays commencing 10am, last tour 3pm; Sundays 12noon, last tour 3pm. Contact the tour desk, ground floor, Parliament House.

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  • TE PAPA (New Zealand's National Museum)

    This interactive museum tells the stories of New Zealand's past, present and future. Discover our unique natural environment, explore the diverse history and experience the warmth and vitality of Maori culture. Try a virtual bungy jump, or experience New Zealand's past and future in the Time Warp. This is serious fun! Free entry. Audio guides...

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  • Wellington Cable Car

    One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions. The journey begins at Lambton Quay, in the heart of the city. The cable car runs past the university and Kelburn Park to the top of the Botanic Gardens where the Cable Car Museum, Carter Observatory and the Planetarium are to be found. The views span out over the harbour from the Hutt Valley to...

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  • The Beehive

    The Executive Wing of the Parliamentary complex is commonly referred to as the 'Beehive' due to its external shape.

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  • Take the cable car to the...

    Take the cable car to the Botanical Gardens from Lambton Quay. Good fun for a stroll and it gives a beautiful view over the city.

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  • The Parliament buildings are...

    The Parliament buildings are worth a visit. Especially the Beehive, the executive wing of the parliamentery complex, is quite special.

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  • Visit Te Papa, the national...

    Visit Te Papa, the national museum. If the Wellington weather is at it's notorious worst, Te Papa is a great place to spend a couple of hours.Here the story of New Zealand unfolds from beginning to today.Lots of interesting exhibits makes this a worthwhile visit.

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  • If you can, try to visit...

    If you can, try to visit Wellington at the end of February and the beginning of March. This is when the Arts Festival and the Fringe Festival is in full swing. The streets, theatres, playhouses are alive with entertainment for three weeks.

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  • When in Wellington, one of the...

    When in Wellington, one of the many places you should go and see has to be Te Papa, our new national museum, in the heart of downtown Wellington. It is open every day and lots of fun to walk around and explore at your own leisure.There are plenty of 'hand on' things to do, and so many delights, I can't mention them all here.

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  • Visitors to Wellington should...

    Visitors to Wellington should not miss the Te Papa Museum. The translation of which is Our Place. It is a wonderful museum which shows the art, culture and history of our land. A place for every age group. A place to see on a rainy day, or two because you will spend hours here and and wonder where the time went.Enjoy

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  • Wellington Bungy Extreme

    This is one of those reverse-bungy contraptions that looks like a slingshot and hurls you into the sky and then lets you plunge back down. The ride shoots you from zero to 160 KHP in under 2 seconds. Very exciting, but I would seriously recommend doing this before spending a few hours at the local bars as opposed to after!

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  • Stroll around Oriental Bay...

    Stroll around Oriental Bay waterfront by day or by night. By day, there are lots of lovely cafes to stop in for a coffee or bite to eat, families fishing off the wharves, ferry coming and going. By night, admire the lights of the city, and pop in for a refreshing beer at one of the bars.

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  • floss1's Things to Do Tip

    This is an art deco building built in the early 1930's. It is very impressive, it is now a trendy pub.

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  • floss1's Things to Do Tip

    The cinema is typically art deco. You can see the new street lights have been designed to complement the buildings in Hastings.

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  • floss1's Things to Do Tip

    Hastings Clock Tower. The architect was Sydney Chaplin. He won the contract to design the tower in a competition, and he won 25 Guineas (about £15). The bells in the clock tower came from the old post office tower which collapsed during the earthquake. Note, the railway tracks running in front of the tower. Trains run straight through the center of...

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  • floss1's Things to Do Tip

    Westermans Building was built in 1932 to replace another department store destroyed in the 1931 quake. It is of typical art deco style that you will find in Hastings and Napier.

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  • Architecture

    This is the Hastings Municipal Theatre, built in 1915, inspired by the Spanish mission style. It was extensively damaged by the 1931 earthquake, but they rebuilt it in the original style.

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  • Orchards

    Hawkes Bay is famous for the fruit, especially apples. If you are driving around you will see orchards everywhere. Lots of orchards have a little shop where you can buy fruit at a very reasonable price. As I used to live in Hastings, I used to work on orchards, picking apples. Lots of travellers come to Hawkes Bay around picking season, Feb - May,...

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  • Bradshaw Estate Winery

    Hawkes Bay is a great place for wine lovers. When I was there, I only went to two, but at the moment there are 29 of them. At most you can do wine tasting, walk around the winery and some of them have restaurants. At Bradshaw, I brought a very fine bottle of red wine. Highly recommendable thing to do.

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  • Hawkes Bay Museum

    This is an excellent museum. It gives you a good insight into the earthquake, and also into early settlement of the region. They also have a cinema and a very good art collection. It is a highly recommendable place to visit.

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  • Te Papa National Museum and...

    Te Papa National Museum and Art Gallery What makes Te Papa unique ? well it has to be one of the most up to date interactive museums in the world . covering most of the natural history and more of New Zealand and the Pacific region

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  • Maritime Museum Queens Wharf...

    Maritime Museum Queens Wharf Wellington City A unique interactive history of the maritime activities connected with Wellington Harbour, which is the main access to and from the Wellington region , (prior to the commercial airlines of course)a deep water port offering shelter from the rugged cook strait which seperates the two main Islands that make...

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  • Early Morning, on the...

    Early Morning, on the Harbour's about this city, Whenther walking , riding or driving in the early morning fantastic view's are available for the traveller and keen photgrapher.The clear omcomplicated atmosphere of new Zealand and the serene nature of the water, is what makes our water ways so attractive for the tourist

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  • The Beehive.

    So called because of its structure I am sure you can see why. It houses the Ministerial Offieces of the New Zealand Paliament.

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  • Take the ferry to Picton...

    Take the ferry to Picton across the Cook Strait. .I can´t remember how long it took (about 2 or 3 hours maybe?). It´s soooooooooo beautiful passing through the fjords of the southern island. I guess Wellington to Picton is much better than Picton to Wellington

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