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Gentleman's guide to Wellington

Gents looking for a touch of luxury are well catered for in Wellington, from custom suits to whiskey experiences.

Tailor made

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Refresh your wardrobe with custom tailor-made suits by Wellington designers and tailors. Rembrandt, who have clothed stylish men since 1946, offer off-the-rack and made-to-measure in their Wellington store. Ghuznee Street's Mandatory make excellent menswear designed to last, from wedding and formal attire to t-shirts. 

Whiskey bars


If you fancy a dram, look no further. Wellington's got plenty of gentlemen's lounges and speakeasies where you can wet your whistle.

Head up the unmarked staircase to Hawthorn Lounge, where nattily attired bartenders will mix a cocktail to your tastes or recommend your new favourite whiskey.

Portlander restaurant might be most famous for its steak, but it has over 100 whiskeys to choose from, from Scottish, Irish, Japanese and and American bourbons to a selection of rare New Zealand drops. 

Tee up

With an impressive array of 27 golf courses, from stunning marquee courses to charming community clubs, Wellington is the ultimate golf destination. Head to Royal Wellington Golf Club, a spectacular private members' 27-hole championship course that's often called the 'home of New Zealand golf', and take a helicopter transfer to Wharekauhau Country Estate for a world-class meal afterwards.

Or visit the beautiful Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club - this traditional links is rated as the top golf course in New Zealand and amongst the top 100 in the world.

Find out more about Wellington's golf courses.


New Zealand's most extreme day retreat, Boomrock Lodge, is situated on a stretch of stunning untouched coastline and perched on 250m cliffs with breathtaking views. The retreat offers activities from claybird shooting to all-terrain 4WD, hot laps in a Mercedes Benz to flying a helicopter, plus whiskey and wine experiences.