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Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand)
Number 04 381 7000¬† Friday to Wednesday 10am - 6pm
10am - 9pm.
Introductory Te Papa Tour provides an overview of the Museum in 45 minutes, and
runs daily at 10.15am and 2pm, ¬†more frequently during the high season (November
Te Papa is
New Zealand‚Äôs national museum, offering visitors a unique and authentic
experience of this country‚Äôs treasures and stories. Prepare to be engaged,
stimulated, and surprised!¬† At the heart of Te Papa are the stunning long-term
exhibitions. They are enhanced by diverse short-term exhibitions and a
captivating and distinctive events program - performances, talks, lectures,
entertainments, and more.
Original Settlers of Wellington:¬† The Maori People
people define themselves by their iwi (tribe), hapu (sub-tribe),
maunga (mountain) and awa (river). Whanau is the name given
to family - the term embraces immediate family, in-laws and all those connected
by blood ties.
years, the introduction of Maori language nests (kohanga reo) has revived
the Maori language. At kohanga reo, preschool children are encouraged to
speak in Maori. Primary and secondary schools build on this early immersion by
including Maori in the curriculum.¬†
¬†¬†Top of Mt Victoria
lookout point along Wellington's Southern Walkway gives visitors a spectacular
view of the city and its surroundings.
Beehive Parliamentary House and Library
Lambton Quay and Molesworth Streets
hours:¬† 10 am to 4 pm (last tours depart at 4 pm), Weekend hours:¬† Saturdays 10
- 3 pm, Sundays 12 - 3 pm (last tours depart at 3 pm), Closed:¬† New Year's Day &
2 January, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Christmas & Boxing Day.¬† Private tours (10
or more) can be pre-booked by arrangement. Free guided tours leave on the hour.
A visit to
the Capital City would not be complete without a visit to New Zealand's
beautifully refurbished Parliament Buildings. Located in the historic suburb of
Thorndon, the complex is made up of three architecturally distinctive buildings:
the Edwardian neo-classical Parliament House, the Victorian Gothic Parliamentary
Library and the unique 1970‚Äôs style Beehive building. Free entry. ¬†These
buildings are a prime example of New Zealand art and an outlet to the world of
politics in Wellington.
Katherine Mansfield Birthplace
7268¬† 04 473-7268
(except Monday) 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, Good Friday.
childhood home of New Zealand's most celebrated author and one of the world's
best-known short story writers. Nestled on historic Tinakori Road, the
exquisitely restored house and the heritage garden provide an excellent
background to Mansfield's writing and give a unique opportunity to experience
New Zealand society of the time. (Number 1 in the Thorndon Heritage Trail).
Wellington City & Sea
downtown Wellington at "The Bond Store", In front of Queen's Wharf
Monday to Sunday 10am - 5pm
restored Historic Places Trust Category One building, originally an 1892 Bond
Store (customs house), utilizes traditional museum techniques combined with
holographic special effects, re-creations, interactive exhibits, and a giant
cinema screen to take visitors on a journey through Wellington's past, present
and future.¬† The heritage of Wellington is displayed through exhibits that cover
the city's Maori roots to its modern times.¬† Tours available
Zealand‚Äôs oldest Zoo, Wellington Zoo offers unique experiences in an interactive
and exciting environment of conservation, learning and fun.
‚ÄúClose Encounter‚ÄĚ ¬†and interact with Tigers, Lions, Red Pandas, Giraffes and
many other engaging animals.
1906, Wellington's zoological gardens have all the traditional attractions. Zoo
management has recently extended and upgraded the facilities to include such
features as the Tropical River Trail, New Zealand's newest and largest habitat
exhibit. Zoo inhabitants include New Zealand natives such as the kiwi, the giant
weta, the black stilt and the tuatara, as well as the more exotic species such
as ¬†the North American bison, the Nepalese red panda and the Sitatunga antelope.
At the End
of Waiapu Road
Wellington in the City Suburbs
2222¬† or ¬†04 920 9200
day (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 5pm (or 10am to 4pm on weekdays during
April to Nov).¬† Visitor Centre is at the end of Waiapu Road, Karori (first left
after the Karori tunnel).¬† Waiapu Road junction is on Bus routes 12, 17, 18, 21,
22 and 23.
Sanctuary is a world first conservation attraction where a unique protected
natural area is being faithfully restored. Some of New Zealand's rarest and most
endangered wildlife has been released inside the Sanctuary such as the little
spotted kiwi, saddleback, stitchbird and kaka.
leisurely stroll around natural bush, lakes and historical buildings or book a
guided tour during the day or night. You can walk across a unique historic dam,
see a 19th century goldmine carved deep into the hillside, and take a scenic
ride on an electric boat or picnic on the lawns by the wetlands.
Wildlife Sanctuary is an ambitious 250 hectare project intended to restore and
protect native flora and fauna within the city environment. A ground-breaking
fence to deter predators has been especially designed and constructed and a weka
breeding program is well established. Kiwis were recently released in the area.
The secluded inner city valley will eventually incorporate educational
facilities and a network of tracks.
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waves by board, or just jumping in them is what you like, ¬†then this is the
beach for you. With a breakwater at one end to create waves for riding, rocks at
the other end for clambering over and safe swimming in between, this beach will
keep you amused for hours. Watch the ferries pass by while you relax on the
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rewards those who take the time to conquer its steep slopes, with stunning 360
degree panoramic views of the Wellington harbor basin and Cook Strait beyond. If
ever you are likely to see the South Island, it will be from here. Entry points
at Simla Crescent, Ngaio and Woodmancote Streets, Khandallah.
Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street
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Up to 3
people are strapped into an open capsule which is connected to two bungy cords
winched to two 40m towers. The capsule is then catapulted 55m into the air at
speeds of up to 160km per hour in less than two seconds, experiencing 5gs.
adventure is situated right in the entertainment sector of town.¬† It is
controlled by an electric console, and all safety features are observed. If you
have ever wanted the bungy experience without jumping, this could be the thrill
Circular Bus Route
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distinctive yellow double-decker bus stops at the city's ten top spots. For a
modest fare you can do the circuit and get a feel for the town's layout and
attractions. Then decide at which downtown highlight you will start:¬† Te Papa,
Kirkcaldie's, the Cable Car, or maybe the Parliament Buildings. Buses leave
every 10 minutes from the Railway Station. They then continue ¬†to the
Customhouse and Jervois Quay and the top of Oriental Parade. The return trip
travels along Courtenay Place and down the shopping mile at Lambton Quay.
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Evening Post ferry, operated by this company, provides commuter and leisure
transport to the Eastern bays. A day excursion is highly recommended for a
unique perspective on the city, harbor and its environs. Watch out for dolphins.
The ferry departs from Queens Wharf and stops (subject to demand) at Somes
Island before continuing to lovely Days Bay.
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something completely different, why not take a trip on Wellington's beautifully
restored flaming red cable car! A vital commuter link between Lambton Quay and
the leafy inner-city suburb of Kelburn, this route has been operating since
1902. This is a popular form of transport for the thousands of students
attending Victoria University and is a favorite inclusion in the typical
Wellington itinerary providing easy access to the Botanic Gardens and sweeping
panoramic views of the city
Marine Education Center
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laboratory has indoor and outdoor tanks enabling you to learn about, see and
touch the marine wildlife in a safe learning environment. Children can pick up
the spider starfish, ¬†feel the sea cucumber, and handle a hermit crab. Admire
the large array of seahorses the laboratory breeds. The crayfish are abundant
too, although not for eating.
Attractions outside Wellington
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the far south-eastern coast of the Wairarapa and the wind-swept bays of Cape
Palliser, is a different world, that of Cape Palliser. Climb the 250 steps to
the lighthouse for 360 degree views! The North Island's largest breeding seal
colony is situated below. Do not get too close as they move fast and have been
known to bite. Visit the fishing village of Ngawi with its houses nestling under
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drive up Wellington's lovely "Gold coast", is the largest collection of cars and
motorbikes in New Zealand. Once the largest private collection of cars (now a
charitable trust) the Southwards car museum holds more than 200 cars and 125
motorbikes. With cars dating from an early (1890s) Benz, the collection is