Welcome to Wellington Region
Wellington is the crossing point between the North and South Islands, so travellers have long been passing through these parts. The likes of Te Papa and Zealandia now stop visitors in their tracks, while myriad other urban attractions reveal themselves over the course of a longer sojourn.
Less than an hour away to the north, the Kapiti Coast has a slower, beachy vibe, with Kapiti Island nature reserve a highlight. An hour away to the northeast over the Rimutaka Range, the Wairarapa plains are dotted with quaint towns and wineries, hemmed in by a rugged, wild coastline.