NZ Bush Tip No. 7

Bring the best pair of binoculars you can afford and have them with you at all times.

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The Capital city has undergone a huge transformation over the past decade or so from quiet government town to buzzing mini-metropolis. Wellington enjoys a beautiful harbour setting, with houses perched on the surrounding hillsides. The entire waterfront has been opened out with a boulevard to the water's edge, packed with trendy bars, restaurants and contemporary artworks on display to the public. It's also worth venturing further afield to the award-wining Pinot Noir vineyards of Martinborough, and the wildlife reserve of Kapiti Island.

Must experience:

  • Visit Te Papa museum - it's a must do!
  • Ride the cable car for the views up Mt Victoria
  • Stop and smell the roses at Lady Norwood rose garden in the Botanic Gardens
  • Enjoy a night out at the orchestra, ballet or theatre
  • Go seal watching at Red Rocks
  • Spot takahe and kiwi on Kapiti Island
  • Check out Wellington's legendary café scene
  • Walk to the top of Mount Kaukau for the most amazing 360° view
  • Stroll along the waterfront and take in the harbour restaurants

Facts at a glance

  • Wellington has 550 more sunshine hours than London and less rainfall than Auckland.
  • As a region, Wellington has a diverse range of landscapes including 50,000 hectares of regional parks and forests.
  • Nearly all Wellington residents are within 3 km of the coastline, and the city has 109 parks and playgrounds.


The Martinborough Hotel was described as “one of the finest hostelries ever erected in any inland town in New Zealand
When it was built in 1882, the Martinborough Hotel was described as “one of the finest hostelries ever erected in any inland town in New Zealand”. From here you can walk to the vineyards that have helped to put Martinborough on the gourmet map of New Zealand

Boomrock has eight kilometres of stunning coastline
Boomrock has eight kilometres of stunning coastline, some of the world's most exciting and innovative activities, stylish cuisine and impeccable hospitality

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