Explore the Wellington Region
The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is a compact and interesting city surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline. It boasts a stunning harbour and is renowned cultural centre. It is not only the place to see performing arts, it is also home to Te Papa, the ground-breaking interactive Museum of New Zealand and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi and Katherine Mansfield's Birthplace.
Dining in Wellington
There is an abundance of fabulous cafés and restaurants in Wellington, offering sophisticated, inventive and tasty cuisine. The waterfront area is a popular place to hang out with plenty to satisfy most everyone’s interests.
Rent a car from RaD Car Hire Wellington
and take a drive up Mount Victoria to take in the spectacular views or venture further afield along the Kapiti Coast where just off shore sits the bird sanctuary of Kapiti Island. Here the road hugs the rugged coastline and provides spectacular views. There are unique bed & breakfasts to be found that allow you to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of this area. Paraparaumu is the main town on the Kapiti Coast and if you love old cars and memorabilia the local Southward Car Museum is a must see, with one of the largest collections in Australasia on show.
If you are after something more adventurous, the Hutt Valley, just north of Wellington, is home to an array of outdoor activities including bush and coastal walks, mountain biking, golf and fishing.
Carry on over the Rimutaka Ranges and drop down into the beautiful Wairarapa Region. Here you can explore the stunning towns of Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown and Carterton. This region has an abundance of fantastic eateries, boutique vineyards and quaint accommodation options including luxurious bed and breakfasts. Take a drive out to Cape Palliser or the Castlepoint Lighthouse for absolutely stunning views. This area is very popular as a weekend escape, so do book in advance!
Cycling through the vines in Martinborough - a great way to spend a weekend, not far from Wellington.