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Your guide to exploring New Zealand's Capital
In the busy capital of a beautiful nation, there are tons of things for you to enjoy and explore in Wellington! And, by having a hire car, you get to experience them with complete convenience and freedom. But where should you start? Check out our travel guide to the very best Wellington activities, accommodations, and restaurants below.





001.png THINGS TO DO

Staglands Wildlife Reserve 

0car.png Address: Akatarawa Valley RD2 Upper Hutt, Wellington

Visit this unique wildlife reserve where you can easily feed local animals and interact with wildlife. Staglands Wildlife Reserve is located in Akatarawa Vally in Upper Hutt. This is a must-see tourist attraction, ideal for families and all types of tourists who love nature. You can also have a picnic, BBQ or dine in at their cozy cafe.

Hours: open daily 9:30am – 5.00pm (Except Christmas Day)

Gourmet Wine Tour

0car.png Address: Martinborough, New Zealand 

Visit the award-winning Martinborough wineries, taste fine local wines and have an exquisite gourmet meal. Tranzit Tours offers this incredible Gourmet Wine Tour with a small group departing from Wellington every day. This is an all inclusive tour that includes visits to four boutique vineyards, lunch in the picturesque Martinborough village, sweets, a cheese platter, local coffee and your transportation. You can choose to depart from Wellington by train, with scenic views of Wellington harbour and the Wairarapa valley, or you can depart from any Wairarapa town.

Wellington Zoo

0car.png Address: 200 Daniell St,Newtown, Wellington

The name speaks for itself. Expect to feel one with nature as you stroll through the zoo, viewing many exotic and endangered animals. It is a great day out for young and old and with ample parking for your hire car available, you'll have plenty of time to spare for exactly what you want to see! 
Hours: 9.30am–5.00pm (last entry 4.15pm) Every day except Dec. 25th

Te Papa Museum 

0car.png Address: 55 Cable St, Wellington

Crowned the world leader in interactive and visitor-focused displays, this national museum takes you on a journey through history, art and science. Apart from having to pay for parking if you drive your rental car to this museum, you won't have to pay an admission fee. But you may have to pay for some unique activities & exhibitions.

Hours: 10am-6pm everyday & 10am-9pm on Thursdays

Cuba Street District 
0car.png Address: Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

Cuba Street is THE place to be if you have an adventurous pallet. With the two most recent winners of the Cuisine New Zealand Restaurant of the Year Supreme Award, it is a foodie's dream come true. It is also arguably the coolest street in New Zealand, being the creative heart of Wellington. With its boutique shops and Bohemian feel, it attracts emerging artists, creatives, and coffee addicts alike. 

The Weta Cave

0car.png Address: 1 Weka St, Miramar, Wellington

After the great success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it would be a travesty for Lord of the Rings fans to visit Wellington and not see where all of the 'magic' happened. With a trove of different film paraphernalia related to the vast collection of movies that Weta workshops have worked on, it would be a shame to miss out on this piece of cinematic gold.

Hours: 9am-5.30pm 7 days

City Gallery 

0car.png Address: 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

Located in Civic Square, this is a must see for those art lovers visiting the City of Wellington. With a constant stream of new exhibitions and local artists' work, it really is a local source of pride and expression that simply cannot be missed. Parking your car at one of the many car parks around the city will also give you the opportunity to walk up Cuba Street to the Bowen Galleries or Enjoy Art Gallery.



CQ Wellington 

0car.png Address: 223 Cuba Street, Wellington

CQ Wellington is a an award-winning and charming hotel located in the heart of the bustling Cuba Street District. It is close to Wellington main attractions such as the Wellington waterfront and Te Papa, restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel offers double and twin accommodation, exclusive suites, executive apartments, along with conference facilities, swimming pool, restaurant, cafe and bar. It is an ideal place for leisure or business travellers, and all of them can expect to encounter a relaxed atmosphere. 


Museum Art Hotel

0car.png Address: 90 Cable Street, Wellington

Recipient of Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2014 and featured in Freckle magazine, this accommodation offers a hotel experience unlike any other. From its somber black exterior with street-side brass sculpture to its invigorating interior, you will be taken on a journey through the mind of amazing NZ artists. 


004.jpg The Dwellington

8 Halswell St. Thorndon, Wellington

Want somewhere to stay that's classy and won't break the bank? Then Wellington's finest hostel is for you.
 
With modern kitchen and bathroom facilities, spacious, clean rooms and friendly staff; you'll feel right at home.

Check out a range of Wellington accommodation on Wotif.co.nz to compare and book all outstanding hotels in Wellington.





Pizza Pomodoro

0car.png Address: 24/13 Leeds St, Te Aro, Wellington

Pizza Pomodoro was the first place to open on Leeds Street in September 2000. They pride themselves on offering the best classic Italian pizzas with unique and original creations, using local and international ingredients. All pizzas are baked in a wood-fired pizza oven, which gives them a unique and delectable flavour. The venue is usually open for takeaways, so take your Pizza Pomodoro and go around to explore this bustling area.

Hours: Wednesday to Friday: 12am to 2pm | Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 9pm | Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Ortega Fish Shack

0car.png Address: 16 Majoribanks St, Wellington

Ranked #1 of 636 Restaurants in Wellington, recipient of Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2014 and Awarded One Hat - NZ Good Food Awards 2014 "Cuisine Magazine", this fresh New Zealand seafood cuisine experience is a once in a life time opportunity that won't disappoint. 

Hours:  5.30pm til late, Tue-Sat
For reservations call: 04 382 9559



The White House Restaurant

0car.png Address: 232 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington

Consistently one of the top ranking restaurants in the city, this has been in smooth operation for over 20 years. This fine dining restaurant is set on the waterfront of Oriental bay offers not only the finest view over the harbour, but also a menu rich in fresh local ingredients and elegance.







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