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Home to New Zealand’s capital city, a centre for arts and culture, and the rolling vineyards of the Wairarapa, the southern portion of the North Island is a delight.

Wellington harbour is the docking point for the Interislander ferry, which plies the waters of the Cook Strait, bringing visitors across from the South Island.

Wellington & around

Wellington is resplendent in all its eccentricity. Housing New Zealand’s Parliament, Victoria University and the famed Te Papa Museum, as well as a host of theatres and galleries, there is plenty to see and do.

Surrounding the city are rolling hills and rugged coastlines, networked with walking and biking trails and hiding secluded bays; an easy escape if the pace of the vibrant city becomes too much.


Northwest from Wellington life gets quieter. Historic Greytown is lined with renovated colonial cottages and boutique stores. With its rich soils, this is a lush and fertile farming area.

Lake Wairarapa & Martinborough

Lake Wairarapa is a vast wetland region south of Featherston, and the town of Martinborough offers a relaxed country lifestyle on the doorstep of the Wairarapa wine region, home to some of the best wine producers in New Zealand.

As you journey through this ‘land of glistening waters’, each place you visit adds to the overall picture of peaceful, fecund living.


Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.

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