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Rangitikei River Adventures
hours north of Wellington there are two river adventures of one hour and three
hour duration, and a white water jaunt. Experienced guides who provide
instruction and safety gear accompany all trips. Also overnight camps in New
Zealand's most beautiful canyons. If the rafting is not enough then a bungy drop
into the canyon or a quick jet boat spin will provide an adrenalin filled
Khandallah Summer Pool
+64 4 479
bush picnic, a park and a pool - what more could you want? Set in 60 acres of
native bush in the affluent suburb of Khandallah you will find these two outdoor
pools. The main pool is 30 meters long and the small children's pool is 30
centimeters deep. This unique facility includes walking tracks, picnic areas,
streams and a children's play area. Changing rooms and a small shop are onsite
and lifeguards patrol the pool during the summer open season. Admission and
parking areas are free.
Marine Education Center
64 4 383
Wellington's marine life without getting your feet wet. The laboratory has
indoor and outdoor tanks enabling you to learn about, see and touch the marine
wildlife in a safe learning environment. Have the kids pick up the spider
starfish (yes like it sounds: long black legs and black body), 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.
+64 4 802
known to Wellington visitors but favored by locals, Mt Kaukau 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. This treat is also part of
the Northern Walkway.
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 like
the North American bison, the Nepalese red panda and the Sitatunga antelope.
+64 4 920
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.
Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand)
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Te Papa is
New Zealandâ€™s national museum, offering visitors a unique and authentic
experience of this countryâ€™s 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.
is a forum for the nation to present, explore, and preserve the heritage of its
cultures and knowledge of the natural environment in order to better understand
and treasure the past, enrich the present, and meet the challenges of the
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.