A wild weekend outside the city - Explore State Highway 1

Amongst Porirua and Kāpiti's beautiful scenery and fresh sea air, you'll find a range of family-friendly adventures ranging from exhilarating to delicious

Base yourself in Wellington and take an adventure along SH1 to explore Porirua and Kāpiti Coast.

Fly through the trees at a thrilling adventure park, take a vintage ride to the beach and let your little chefs loose in the kitchen. Back in the city, explore must-do attractions and relax at one of Wellington's most family-friendly hotels.

Fly through the trees

Head north towards Porirua — about a 25-minute drive from Wellington city — where you'll find the most thrilling adventure park.  Adrenalin Forest is a safe, all-ages activity that will push your physical and mental endurance - but everyone leaves with a big grin on their face.

There are challenges across six levels. Level one is just 1.5m high, while those who make it all the way to level six will climb, jump and swing at a staggering 30m high.

If you have time, visit the nearby Aotea Lagoon playground and New Zealand Police Museum for detective activities ready to be solved and a large collection of uniforms for the family to try on.

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Take a vintage ride to the beach

Start your Saturday with a scenic 25-minute drive along the rugged coastline to Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekākāriki, where you can ride on an authentic tram at Wellington Tramway Museum. A nostalgic experience for those who remember when the trams ran in Wellington city, and for everyone else it's an interactive encounter with a slice of history. 

Don't forget to pack a picnic with you — you'll want to hop off at the end of the line so you can enjoy lunch on the beach with sweeping views of Kāpiti Island. 

Italian cooking for young chefs

Once you’re back at the car, it’s only a 15-minute drive to your next stop – Ruth Pretty Cooking School in rural Te Horo. If you've got a budding Jamie Oliver or Nadia Lim in your whānau, this is the wild idea for you.

Acclaimed Wellington chef Ruth Pretty and her team will show 8-14-year olds what to do, give them an apron and let them at it, with a patient guiding hand where needed. Everything is included and your kids get to enjoy the kai they make and take recipes home.

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Explore The Attic

Want to continue the educational experience? In a former cargo warehouse on the waterfront is Wellington Museumvoted as one of the top 50 museums in the world by The Times, in London.

Begin your exploration of the museum in The Attic, an exhibition that tells Wellington's history through an array of eclectic and fascinating objects and interactive experiences.

Family-friendly hotels

Offering spacious rooms, special amenities or fully self-contained options, these are some of Wellington's best hotels for family groups: 

  • Novotel Wellington - The family will love the friendly service and great location of this four-star-plus hotel.

  • Boulcott Suites - Their spacious suites and apartments with fully-equipped kitchens are perfect for families.

  • Quest on Johnston - Everything you need for a very comfortable stay, right in the heart of the city.

  • Rydges Wellington - With a great in-house restaurant and facilities, family-friendly Rydges is a winner.
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Your discount pass to the city

Once you're back in the city, round off the weekend with some of Wellington's best attractions and must-do activities - many of which can be found a short walk from your accommodation. Grab a City Pass for a return trip on the Cable Car and admission to your choice of two attractions - Zealandia, Space Place, Wellington Zoo, a tour of Te Papa - and other great discounts.


Your Wellington City Pass will also get you deals and discounts! To receive any of the offers simply show your Wellington City Pass.

Current offers:

  • City Gallery Wellington: Pay concession price when a charged exhibition is on; 10% discount at the Gallery store
  • Wellington Museum: 10% discount off a Ship & Chip tour or Cup of Curiosity tour
  • Nairn Street Cottage: Get two entry tickets for the price of one.

Wellington is more than just the capital. With two roads out of the city, it's a gateway to a world of adventure. Get out and explore Hutt Valley's delightful food and drink offerings and Wairarapa's boutique vineyards and stores.

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