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Wellington Attractions

Carterton - Carterton is situated at the convergence of the Waiohine and Ruamahanga Rivers. Created to house road workers in 1857, the quaint historic town is known for its antiques and collectables.

Featherston - Close to Lake Wairarapa, Featherston's expansive wetlands attract many native and migratory birds. The town was the site of a prison camp for Japanese prisoners of war during World War II.

Greytown - Greytown has the most complete set of preserved colonial buildings in New Zealand. There are many fine antique, craft and gift shops to explore.

Trentham - Trentham is one of New Zealand's most famous horse racing venues. Enjoy a day at the races with a win or place on your favourite. Afterwards you can soak up the atmosphere and fine cuisine in the township.

Waikanae, Paraparaumu - Waikanae used to be a retirement retreat, but is now attracting a new influx of young families to its beach setting. Paraparaumu is set on a beautiful coast in full view of Kapiti Island.

Paekakariki - Paekakariki has become a favourite spot for artists and craftspeople. Take a tram ride or have a picnic in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Petone - The Petone Settlers Museum is a living museum that offers a fascinating insight to the past through theatre and lecture.

Wellington’s Lambton Quay up to the Botanic Gardens, then stroll along the paths or visit the observatory.

Somes/Matiu Island, a former quarantine and prisoner of war island.

Parliament Buildings and Old St Paul’s Cathedral, a magnificent Gothic-style church .

Mt Victoria for stunning 360-degree views.

Lower Hutt , the Orongorongo track in the Rimutaka Forest Park is one of New Zealand’s most popular walks, and there are various tracks and breathtaking views in Belmont Regional Park and along the Hutt River Trail.

Rimutaka Range, which separates Wellington from the Wairarapa. (This road is sometimes closed in winter.)

Waikawa, Hokio and Foxton Beaches.

Kapiti Island is a wildlife sanctuary that protects some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds. Launch trips leave from Paraparaumu Beach.

Nikau Gardens and Butterfly House on the Kapiti Coast are an excellent example of a coastal rainforest. The gardens have a special enclosure for New Zealand butterflies and the giant weta.

Paekakariki Hill – there are views to the Marlborough Sounds to the south and Mount Taranaki to the North.

Porirua is a great place for fishing, boating, windsurfing, scuba diving and swimming. There are also numerous reserves and parks for walking and mountain biking.