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Wellington's great outdoors

Leap into Wellington's outdoor playground and take advantage of the city's most prized summer locations. The vast landscape of Wellington’s green belt and blue belt provides the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.

Nature & wildlife

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The true essence of Wellington’s wild existence can be found hidden within its natural surroundings. The motley landscape of Wellington’s green belt and blue belt provides an interesting domain for those in search of native fauna. Wellington provides a combination of paid and unpaid experiences that show off its habitat, everything from coastal walks to Wellington's very own wildlife sanctuary - Zealandia.


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If you feel hearty enough to pursue Wellington's wild winds then why not give sailing a whirl. From dinghies to keel-boats, Wellington has a range of sailing options to suit all levels. The Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club is one of many sailing destinations around Wellington Harbour, providing learn to sail courses, racing courses, cruising courses and even corporate team building exercises.


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Wellington’s diverse landscape provides a wide range of outdoor swimming options for those that love to cool their heels throughout the scorching summer period. Whether you prefer soaking in the rays at Oriental Bay’s golden beach or throwing on a wetsuit and hitting the surf at Lyall Bay, Wellington has you covered with a variety of swimming hot-spots.


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Located just seconds from the roadside, dive locations in Wellington are not your usual PADI paradise, however the infestation of marine wildlife make them an appealing prospect. Whether its scouring the surface or plunging deep into the depths of the ocean, Wellington's diving scene can be a real treat for marine lovers. Contact Dive Wellington or Dive & Ski HQ for diver expertise and all your diving requirements.

Walking trails


Whether you are training for a marathon or simply feel it’s time to dust off those sneakers then Wellington has the most scenically stunning walking trails to help you do just that. Strolling down Wellington waterfront or testing your limit on the Skyline Walkway, there are almost an endless range of walks to keep everyone on their toes.


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Very few places in the world are able to match Wellington’s aptitude for providing an exhilarating assortment of riding trails. From the grade three Peak Flow track at Makara, to the grade five V track at Mt Victoria, there is certainly no shortage of options for the thrill seeker. For those mid-centric types planning a slower journey, Wellington region boasts one of New Zealand’s great rides - the Rimutaka Cycle Trail.


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Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is one outdoor trend that everyone should be splashing out for on a sizzling Wellington day. Make your way down to Wellington’s radiant harbour and enjoy what it feels like to float on top of the water, rather than feel its full embrace. For those that lack stability, kayaking may be your preferred choice. Whatever the case there are plenty of alternatives to keep you above water this summer.

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