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Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington

New Zealand's capital delights

Visit Wellington

Introduction

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.

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

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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Special offers in Wellington

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,085 pp incl. flights

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Free Singapore stopover

Flight offer – Save up to £165 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

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.

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New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £2,715 pp incl. flights

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From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand

Ultimate New Zealand

22-day small-group tour from £6,880 pp incl. flights

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A spectacular small-group tour combining luxury coach and railway journeys, lake and fjord cruises, taking in everything from city slicking and quaint township sophistication to New Zealand’s stunning natural world.

Top itineraries in Wellington

Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

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 the North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,870 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

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

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,510 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

Mountain picnic, Queenstown, New Zealand

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,320 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

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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

Accommodation

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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