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Experience fantastic day trips from Wellington city and see the best New Zealand has to offer. Explore the great outdoors, shop till you drop through boutique shopping streets, sample culinary delights, and wander picturesque vineyards.
From the Hutt River to the bush-clad hills, Hutt Valley is home to some of the region's best walking and mountain biking trails. Add to that the picturesque seaside communities of Petone and Eastbourne, and a bustling collection of unique cafes, restaurants and shops - all just a short drive from downtown Wellington.
Escape to Kāpiti for it's unspoilt beaches and warm, coastal climate. Swim, sail and surf... or just relax on the sand, take in the view and eat some local fish and chips. Go on a trip to the renowned nature reserve, Kāpiti Island, for its unique birdlife and native bush or try walking and cycling on one of the coastal tracks.
Tucked alongside two beautiful harbours and a rugged coastline, Porirua offers breathtaking surroundings. Just 20 minutes north of Wellington, the region showcases contemporary New Zealand and Maori art at Pataka Art + Museum, while outdoor action includes a bounty of beautiful walks and cycleways.
Get a taste for fine cuisine and relaxation at one of the country's top food and wine destinations, Wairarapa. The region is at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail and blends country charm with luxury retreats, boutique vineyards, award-winning restaurants and great shopping. And it's all just an hour north of Wellington by car or train.