Top Choice Gardens in Wellington

Wellington Botanic Gardens

These hilly, 25-hectare botanic gardens can be almost effortlessly visited via the Wellington Cable Car (nice bit of planning, eh?), although there are several other entrances hidden in the hillsides. The gardens bo…
Top Choice Museum in Wellington

Te Papa

Te Papa is Wellington's 'must-see' attraction, for reasons well beyond the fact that it's New Zealand's national museum. It's highly interactive, fun, and full of surprises: aptly, ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ loosely transl…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Wellington


This groundbreaking eco-sanctuary is hidden in the hills about 2km west of town: the Karori bus (No 3) passes nearby, or see the Zealandia website for info on the free shuttle. Living wild within the fenced valley a…
Top Choice Gallery in Wellington

City Gallery Wellington

Housed in the monumental old library in Civic Sq, Wellington’s much-loved City Gallery does a cracking job of securing acclaimed contemporary international exhibitions, as well as unearthing up-and-comers and suppor…
Top Choice Park in Paekakariki

Queen Elizabeth Park

One of the last relatively unchanged areas of dune and wetland along the Kapiti Coast, this undulating 650-hectare beachside park offers swimming, walking, cycling and picnicking opportunities, as well as a tram mus…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Masterton & Around

Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre

About 30km north of Masterton, the 10-sq-km Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre is one of NZ's most successful wildlife and captive breeding centres. The scenic 1½-hour loop walk gives a good overview. There's …
Top Choice Viewpoint in Wellington

Mt Victoria Lookout

The city's most accessible view point is atop 196m-high Mt Victoria, east of the city centre. You can take the No 20 bus most of the way up, but the rite of passage is to sweat it out on the walk (ask a local for di…
Top Choice Winery in Martinborough

Poppies Martinborough

Delectable handcrafted wines served by the label's passionate winemaking and viticulturalist duo. Savour their wines alongside a well-matched platter in the stylishly simple cellar door.
Top Choice Brewery in Martinborough

Martinborough Brewery

It's hard to go anywhere in NZ these days and not find a craft brewery bubbling away in the corner. Martinborough is no exception; the brewery counters the town's prevailing wine vibe with its range of meaty brews (…
Gallery in Wellington

Academy Galleries

The showcase of the estimable New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (founded 1882), the Academy Galleries presents frequently changing exhibitions by NZ artists, from canvases to ceramics to photography.