Allow ninety minutes for the drive to Wellington, the coolest little capital in the world. New Zealand’s compact capital city known for its vibrant arts and cultural scene and rich heritage.
Day 4 - Wairarapa to Wellington
Described as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world, you can get from Wellington to Marlborough by ferry through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds via the Interislander or Bluebridge. Alternatively if you are limited for time, you get get there by air in just 25 minutes with Air New Zealand, Sounds Air or Picton Floatplane Service.
- Tour and discover boutique family-owned vineyards and artisan food producers in Martinborough, Greytown, Gladstone and Masterton.
- Collect a Wairarapa Wine Trail from the local i-SITE visitor centre or cellar doors when you arrive in the region.
- Explore the vineyards of Martinborough on foot and by cycle.
- Drive to Cape Palliser where you will find a variety of adventures. Walk to the intriguing Putanguirua Pinnacles, see the fishing settlement of Ngawi, spy on the North Island’s largest colony of fur seals, and walk the 258 steps of the historic Cape Palliser lighthouse for an incredible view.
- Eat fish and chips at the Lake Ferry Hotel with views across Lake Onoke.
- One day isn’t really enough to do the city justice, but if that’s all you have, strap on some comfortable shoes because the best way to discover Wellington’s magic is on foot.
- Discover New Zealand’s stories and history at Te Papa Tongarewa one of the best interactive museums in the world.
- Book a nocturnal tour at Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience and try spotting New Zealand's national bird, the kiwi. Zealandia is a predator-proof safe haven for endangered native birds and other wildlife, just 10 minutes from downtown Wellington.
- Check out the boutique shopping along Lambton Quay and Cuba Street. Wellington is well known for its café life – take time out from the shops for coffee and cake.
- Catch the historic cable car from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Garden. Check out the Cable Car Museum at the top, then stroll through the Wellington Botanic Gardens.
- This is award-winning director Peter Jackson's hometown. Take a film tour to learn more about the making of movies including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, as well as Tin Tin, Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
- Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, the culinary capital caters for everything from quick bites to long nights.
- Courtenay Place is the nightlife capital of New Zealand, packed with restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and theatres. Choose from ethnic eats to some of the best fine dining restaurants in New Zealand and follow it up with a walk along Cuba Street for live music, a late night wine bar or cocktails.
On the way to Wairarapa, Visit historic Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka. Tour the brewery, then taste your way through the selection of ales. Check out the museum, shop and café. Then stop off at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, a nationally and internationally recognised captive breeding facility for a number of threatened bird species including kiwi.
- Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre featuring Sir Peter Jackson's own collection of WWI aircraft and artifacts, brought to life in sensational sets created by the internationally acclaimed talent of WingNut Films and Weta Workshop.
- Enjoy a casual meal of fish 'n' chips on the Picton Foreshore or dine at one of the local cafes, board a twilight cruise over the summer season or visit a winery restaurant for a decadent treat.
- Overnight in one of the many accommodation options in the Marlborough Sounds from a lodge, to a vineyard cottage or a luxurious hotel.
- No trip to Marlborough would be complete without visiting at least one of the 36 cellar doors to taste award-winning wines. The beautiful Marlborough Sounds also offer the perfect setting to enjoy freshly caught seafood washed down with a glass of the region's finest, whether it is on a cruise or in a secluded bay after walking the Queen Charlotte Track.
- Tour the wineries sampling New Zealand’s internationally-acclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Catch a helicopter for a wine tour with a difference. Hire a bike and cycle around the wineries, gathering a few bottles as you go.