Wellington Region Travel Guide

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  • 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...

  • Novotel Wellington Capital

    Wellington Hotels

    Novotel is conveniently located downtown with direct lift access to Lambton Quay, a shopping area....

  • Fishermans Table

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Restaurants

    This restaurant has a perfect location - situated at the waterfront of Oriental Bay, only a short distance to Wellingtons city center, it has a splendid view of the bay and the harbour district. The restaurant is very popular among both locals and tourists. So it is highly recommended to reserve a table in advance. Service and quality were...



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  • Nice Indian Lunch Special

    Petone Restaurants

    This places does an excellent value lunch special from $8.90 for a vegetarian curry with rice and naan bread. For meat eaters like myself it is a little more but not much more expensive.I popped in for lunch as this is very close to my work, and the place was very busy indeed, a good sign on a Tuesday lunchtime in suburban Hutt Valley.I enjoyed the...

  • A Taste of France

    Petone Restaurants

    This small delightful restaurant provides a really nice Taste of France, in the form of crepes. The chef/waiter/manager is a nice young French man, his mere accent adds to the experience. The walls are tastefully decorated with French memorabilia, making this a perfect place to eat. Savoury crepes

  • Unpretentious Chinese Fare

    Petone Restaurants

    Mr Ji's is a fairly unpretentious restaurant in Petone offering hearty Chinese fare at reasonable prices.Plenty of volume, and all in all not a bad place to have a meal. BYO. Busy even on a Monday night.


Upper Hutt

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  • Great little cafe near the library

    Upper Hutt Restaurants

    Nice little kid friendly cafe just across from the library. Top quality cafe food with an Italian theme at reasonable prices.Pizza, pasta and gelato are their specialities, although I tend to go for the all day breakfast when I visit. Recommended.

  • Stonegrill Steak

    Upper Hutt Restaurants

    7 Bar is for the most part a pub, however it does have a restaurant section, and I really enjoyed the stonegrill steaks.It is quite seldom these days that I get out for a drink, however this time my wife and I went out to have a meal there. A decent sized steak can be had for $20 with sides, and drinks are never too expensive. Worth visiting if you...

  • Golfing Options in Upper Hutt

    Upper Hutt Sports & Outdoors

    I must admit it has been a while since I have last played, but UH does have some decent and reasonably priced golf courses.As far as pricing goes, Trentham Camp Golf Club is the most reasonable, with Te Marua being the medium priced one, and Royal Wellington being the most expensive



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  • Take a trip to Otaki Forks

    Otaki Things to Do

    Otaki Forks is the primary western entrance to the tararua Forest national Park.There is a wide range of activities here including campibg sites, picnic sites, short and longer walks (1/2 hr to 3 1/2 hr's), swimming holes, and wnetrance to the forest park proper for longer tramps. Access to the many huts in the forest park can be made from here as...

  • Visit the Maori Church

    Otaki Things to Do

    Rangiâtea Church in Otaki, New Zealand was the oldest Mâori Anglican church in New Zealand. This church is well worth a visit. there are many historical facts here that make it interesting. IE :- Queen Victoria donated an alter frontal, Inia TeWiata also donated and designed one. He is actually burried in the church yardIn 1848, Te Rauparaha who...

  • Found the ancestors

    Otaki Things to Do

    It was a very moving thing for me to find the graves of my great grandparents. They died in the 30s, I never met them. And there was a plaque for a man called Dick ( a brother, maybe?) who died in the Great War in 1918. And his wife Daisy, who died two months later. Maybe in the flu pandemic?And then I found the graves of great aunts Vi and May -...



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  • Steam Train Rides

    Paekakariki Things to Do

    Located in the Paekakariki Railway Station complex is Steam Inc, which organises frequent steam train excursions to various points in the lower North Island. They do also have the odd open day as well, which we took the time to visit today.I'm really keen on doing one or two of these excursions when the time comes.

  • US Marines Memorial

    Paekakariki Favorites

    During the Second World War Paekakariki served as a major base for US Marines fighting in the Pacific Campaign. There were three main camps, all situated in or adjacent to present-day Queen Elizabeth Park. At the height of the occupation there were over 20,000 Americans stationed in the region, significantly outnumbering locals. The camps were used...

  • Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway

    Paekakariki Things to Do

    This is a short tramride from the carpark to the beach, and is done on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays by a volunteer group.The trams used are ones that were in service in Wellington up to the 1960s. Wellington no longer has any tram services, but the trams live on in the current location.$10 adult for unlimited rides during the day.


Island Bay

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  • Island Bay Lighthouse

    Island Bay Favorites

    -When you walk from Island Bay to Owhiro Bay you more or less stumble over the white-painted lighthouse on the land-side of the road (The Esplanade) along the bay.The lighthouse is used as a Bed & Breakfast, with kitchen and bathroom on the first floor, the bedroom on the middle floor, and the sitting room on the top floor. Rates are NZ$ 180 during...

  • Island Bay's Italian Influence

    Island Bay Favorites

    -When you walk through the township of Island Bay and along the shore, you do not get aware of its roots and history. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Wellington region. In the early days it was just a weekend resort – whatever that was in the 1800’s. In the early 1900’s an Italian fishing community developed there, and since then it has...

  • Be impressed by Seaside Architecture

    Island Bay Things to Do

    Such a house and wall would surely be a shocker or even considered an eyesore in other areas of the city. But I thought it is well suited to its location at the near the Happy Valley Road intersection, not only because the painting on the garage wall features Neptune and a mermaid, as well as a seagull, and advertises Fresh Fish Daily. Let’s say,...


Paraparaumu Beach


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    by craic Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    Favorite thing: But Kilbirnie is a nice enough little place with nearly everything one could desire in the way of shops and services. A lot of it is on the flat, which is a big plus in Wellington, and it is a junction for buses. The Lyall Bay, Miramar, Seatoun and Strathmore Park buses all converge here.
    I find it a pity that nearly all the old style buildings (and businesses) have gone or are about to go, imminanently, and what has been erected in its place is mostly hideous.
    The Kinema Cimema - a place I often visit in my dreams - has vanished and now there is a pokey mall.
    George & Georges - a department store which had that most exotic arrangment of paying where the shop assistants put the money in a brass cylinder and put it in a chute and it went winging across the ceiling on a wire network to the office upstairs - is now a funeral home. It is right across the road from the Rita Angus Retirement Home - which is handy. If not exactly encouraging for the old folks.
    I could go on and on.
    This whole peninsula starting from Evans Bay was not so long ago a dry area. So I was surprised on this visit to find a bar in what had been a butcher's shop.
    "That's new, that's different,' I said to myself.
    In the days of the six o'clock swill us kids would have to look lively crossing the road about 7pm as the fathers drove home for dinner from the pubs.
    Ah - the good old days. Or were they?

    Fondest memory: The picture from left to right - Strathmore, Rongotai and Rongotai Airport, Kilbirnie.
    It lies between Lyall Bay and Evans Bay.

    View from Hataitai.

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