Pre & post event itineraries

Make your conference or event the complete Wellington experience by offering delegates the chance to explore the Greater Wellington Region.

Treat your conference delegates and event goers to the perfect pre or post event experience: a little adventure outside the city into the Greater Wellington Region.

You'll find breathtaking views, rugged coastlines, some of the world's best wineries, and stunning landscapes – all just a short journey from Wellington's CBD. Here's four must-see destinations to explore just outside the city.


Travel time by car: 1hr | by train: 1hr 30min

Located north of Wellington, the Wairarapa is a region of spectacular coastlines, wide valleys, green pastures and eclectic villages. It's famous for its vineyards, gourmet food, walking and cycling trails – and has a vibrant arts scene and friendly community feel. Spend a day cycling the country roads of Martinborough, pausing for tastings at some of the 20-plus boutique vineyards, sample delicious cheeses at a world-class cheese deli C'est Cheese in Featherston, or head to charming Greytown for a spot of boutique shopping. Find out more about what's on offer in the Wairarapa. 


Travel time by car: 1hr | by bus: 1hr

Just 50km north of Wellington, the Kāpiti Coast is an idyllic destination featuring stunning unspoiled beaches and a warm coastal climate. Take a trip to an island nature reserve with Kapiti Island Nature Tours where you can take home memories of cheeky kākās, takahē, tuatara, gecko or spotting kiwi at night; sample local cuisine and craft beer at the Tuatara craft brewery in Paraparaumu; and hike the stunning Escarpment Track for memorable views across the region. 

Lower Hutt

Travel time by car: 20min | by train: 30min

Discover contemporary art and legends of Māori Taniwha at The Dowse Art Museum, a world-class art gallery. Spend some time in Petone, home to coffee roasters, food producers, fashion labels, craft beer and artisan products that are keeping the innovative early settler spirit alive. Relax on the Eastern shores of Wellington Harbour and soak up the sunshine at Days Bay or Eastbourne, or take in the coastal views on the journey to the iconic Pencarrow lighthouses.


Travel time by plane: 30min | by ferry: 3hr 30min

Discover the many coves of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on a day-long or overnight cruise. Cycle through the vineyards of Marlborough’s award-winning wines then stop in for a tasting or long lunch at a vineyard restaurant. A visit to Marlborough is incomparable; you'll be greeted by glorious sunshine, delicious food and luxurious resorts that make this area a job to visit. Find out more about what's on offer in Marlborough.

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