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Wellington is New Zealand's capital city, at the bottom of the North Island. It's a compact city that bursts with culture, and hosts many events. It gets bad press for its strong winds, but a common saying is, 'You can't beat Wellington on a good day.' It's also the transit point for the inter-island ferry service between the North and South Island, across the Cook Strait.
Things you should know before booking your next car hire
With so many different pickup locations to choose from, VroomVroomVroom will not only help you book a great car in Wellington, but also in over 30 locations throughout New Zealand. Flying in? You can pick up your rental car from Wellington Airport. Having your own transport will allow you to view the city from every angle, on your own schedule. Here are some other bonuses for booking with VroomVroomVroom
Book with the major suppliers - Such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, and enjoy the ability to compare and book rental cars from the diverse fleets on offer. Having such a range of cars means we will be able to find the perfect car for your needs, from an economical compact for city driving, to a van for your sports team.
Book in advance when you plan your trip to New Zealand, and save money by securing the cheapest rental car deal. By booking before you arrive in New Zealand, you will find the best deal available for your travel period. As they say, the early bird catches the worm.
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See New Zealand's capital city in style
Sights, beaches, culture and events: It's all easier in a rental car.
In the busy capital of a beautiful nation, there are tons of things for you to enjoy and explore in Wellington! 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.
Things to Do
Te Papa Museum
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 paying for parking if you drive your rental car to Te Papa, you won't have to open your wallet for anything else, as admission is free. Until 2018, Te Papa is host to a ground breaking exhibition, 'Gallipoli - the scale of our War.' The exhibition combines the creativity of Weta Workshop, and the research expertise of our national museum, to remember the Gallipoli landings as never before.
Hours: 10am-6pm everyday & 10am-9pm on Thursdays
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Address: Akatarawa Valley RD2 Upper Hutt, Wellington
Visit this unique wildlife reserve where you can easily feed local animals and interact with the wildlife. Staglands Wildlife Reserve is located in Akatarawa Valley, 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 cosy cafe.
Hours: open daily 9:30am – 5:00pm (Except Christmas Day)
Address: 200 Daniell St, Newtown, Wellington
A modern zoo with a range of exotic and native animals. Take the young ones to the newest attraction, He Tuku Aroha, a walk-through area that is a love story to New Zealand. They can see native animals such as the Korora/ little blue penguin, and introduced animals such as the kunekune pigs. There are barefoot and vegetable gardens to explore. It's 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
Cuba Street District
Address: Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington
Cuba Street is THE place to be if you have an adventurous palate. Having 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
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, don't miss out on this piece of cinematic gold. The Weta Cave is free to visit, and is the hub for Weta Workshop's guided studio tours.
Hours: 9am-5.30pm 7 days
Address: 101 Wakefield St, Wellington
Located in Civic Square, this is a must see for those art lovers visiting the city of Wellington. There's ever changing exhibitions in a range of media, workshops, and special late night events.
Gourmet Wine Tour
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.
Places to Stay
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 can expect to experience a relaxed atmosphere.
Museum Art Hotel
Address: 90 Cable Street, Wellington
Recipient of Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 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.
Address: 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.
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 order your Pizza Pomodoro and continue on 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
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
Address: 232 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
Consistently one of the top ranking restaurants in the city, and in smooth operation for over 20 years. This fine dining restaurant is set in the most expensive real estate area in wellington. Located on Oriental Bay waterfront, The Whitehouse Restaurant offers not only the finest view over the harbour, but also a menu rich in fresh local ingredients and elegance.
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Annual events to experience while in Wellington
Sky Show - 5 November
Leave the rental car at your accommodation, and walk, cycle or bus to the waterfront for Wellington's annual fireworks display to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day.
Catch football action when the Wellington Phoenix plays home games in the Hyundai A-League. Games at the Westpac Stadium are full of atmosphere, as the Phoenix supporters, 'Yellow Fever' are a lively bunch! Season runs from October to April.
Toast Martinborough - 20 November
Head over the hills, out of the city to the world class wine village of Martinborough for this one day food and wine festival.