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Destination: Wellington & Wairarapa

Wellington’s slogan ‘The coolest small capital’ reflects a place where size is unimportant. Who needs a million people (Wellington approx 215,000) when your promenade showcases an amazing national museum, Te Papa with a string of cafes, boutiques and galleries each with their harbour views.

Picture postcard views are a collage of brightly painted timber houses stacked on harbour hillsides. The rich tapestry of buildings, prominent architecture and quirky public installations reflects the heritage and place of Wellington in governance Aotearoa NZ. Wellington is a bucket list destination for art and culture buffs with a plethora of galleries, museums from a film studio, Weta workshop tours & Weta Cave to Nairn Street settler cottage or Wellington Museum. You are spoiled for choice with nearby Dowse Art Gallery and the temptations of Greytwon, Wairapara emerging artists. Town and country are part and parcel of the Wellington landscape with Zealandia a premier sanctuary a Wellington suburb and the outstanding native landscapes of Otari-Wilton’s Bush Reserve a short bus stop journey from central Wellington.

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