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Wellington, New Zealand


New Zealand's capital delights

Things to do in Wellington


New Zealand's capital is a quarter the size of Auckland, yet has gained a reputation for being one of the country's most sparkling cities, despite its small-town feel. It's home to a creative assortment of media types, and it's also where you'll find some of the country's finest museum and galleries. Meanwhile, the small and charming town of Martinborough, just a short drive away, hosts a cluster of superb wineries.

Explore Wellington

Tucked between lush green hills and a magnificent harbour, New Zealand's unassuming capital is arguably the country's most fashionable city, an energetic metropolitan hub. It's home to a wide and wonderful selection of restaurants, microbreweries, cafes, art galleries and museums, including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa – known commonly as Te Papa, which roughly translates as 'Our Place'. It's the most visited museum in Oceania and features everything from science and the arts to exhibits on Maori culture.

The Wellington cable car

Visit Martinborough

Just outside Wellington, Martinborough was founded in the late 19th century by John Martin, who bought a local sheep station and then set about developing the land into a small town. With street names such as Venice, Panama and Ohio, it's laid out in the formation of a Union Jack to reflect its founders love of travel. Today, however, it's best known for its small collection of 20-or-so wineries, which make the most of the sheltered conditions and warm weather to produce some of New Zealand's finest vintages.  

Martinborough vineyards


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Top itineraries in Wellington

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,790 pp incl. flights

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,630 pp incl. flights

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand.

Best of New Zealand's North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,150 pp incl. flights

Between stunning volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical beaches and world-class wineries, this fly-drive holiday showcases the best of New Zealand's North Island.

Maui Ultima Elite

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £4,685 pp incl. flights

With its spectacular driving routes linking gorgeous coastlines and vast national parks, and plenty of gorgeous locations to pull up and park, find out why New Zealand is tailor-made for a motorhome holiday.

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Top places to stay in Wellington

The Martinborough Hotel bedroom and ensuite, New Zealand

The Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough

Historic hotel

With world-famous wineries brushing up against the hotel’s doorstep, this is a change to stay among a slice of viticulture history.

Amora Hotel

Amora Hotel, Wellington


The Amora is right in the centre of Wellington, overlooking the harbour. All chic neutral guestrooms have stunning views over the harbour, perfect for viewing the spectacular sunrise on a clear day.

Intercontinental Wellington

The InterContinental Wellington

Contemporary hotel

This city centre offering has just undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, mixing a flawlessly contemporary style to five star service.

QT Museum, Wellington

QT Museum Wellington

Contemporary hotel

This latest addition to the QT Hotels and Resorts collection is a city centre masterpiece, complete with art galleries and fine dining experiences.

When to go to Wellington

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