Attractions

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Wellington

Zealandia

This ground-breaking ecosanctuary is hidden in the hills about 2km west of town: buses 3 and 20 stop nearby, or see the Zealandia website for info on the free shuttle. Living wild within the fenced valley are more t…
Top Choice Museum in Wellington

Wellington Museum

For an imaginative, interactive experience of Wellington’s social and maritime history, head to this beguiling little museum, housed in an 1892 bond store on the wharf. Highlights include a moving documentary on the…
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 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 Viewpoint in Wellington

Mt Victoria Lookout

The city's most impressive viewpoint is atop 196m-high Mt Victoria (Matairangi), 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 …
Top Choice Historic Building in Wellington

New Zealand Parliament

New Zealand might be a young country but it has one of the oldest continuously functioning parliaments in the world and has chalked up more than its share of firsts, including being the first to give women the vote …
Landmark in Cape Palliser

Putangirua Pinnacles

Standing like giant organ pipes, these 'hoodoos' were formed by rain washing silt and sand away, exposing the underlying bedrock. It's an eerie landscape, perfectly suited for its starring role as the approach to th…
Workshop in Wellington

Weta Cave

Academy Award-winning special-effects and props company Weta Workshop has been responsible for bringing the likes of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, District 9 and Thor: Ragnarok to life. Learn how the…
Museum in Wellington

Te Papa

New Zealand's national museum is hard to miss, taking up a sizeable chunk of the Wellington waterfront. ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ loosely translates as ‘treasure box’ and the riches inside include an amazing collection of…
Wildlife Reserve in Masterton & Around

Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre

About 30km north of Masterton, this 10-sq-km 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 also a kiwi house here and a seri…