Travel trade toolkit

Self-drive itinerary: Two to three nights in Wellington

Day one — arriving in Wellington

Allow at least half a day for your clients to travel to Wellington. Those travelling on State Highway 1 from Taupō, may like to stop on the stunning Kāpiti Coast to enjoy lunch by the sea. Those travelling from Hawke’s Bay, along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail on State Highway 2, may wish to enjoy lunch among the vines in Wairarapa.

In the afternoon, your clients can check in to their central city accommodation, leave their car behind and explore Wellington city on foot. Let them get their bearings by riding the iconic Wellington Cable Car to a lookout overlooking the city. From here, they can wander down through the beautiful Wellington Botanic Garden to Parliament Buildings and the city.

In the evening, after an early dinner, your clients can head off in search of a little spotted kiwi in the wild on a Zealandia by Night tour.

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Day two — a full day to sightsee

If your clients want to discover the magic of moviemaking in Wellington, they can drive 15 minutes to Miramar and visit Wētā Cave. Book them on a Wētā Workshop Experience Tour to go behind-the-scenes and learn about movie effects, costumes, props and more. They can pop next door to The Larder for lunch, before checking out the panoramic views at Mt Victoria Lookout on the way back to the city.

A visit to New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa is a must for any visit to Wellington. Start your clients’ visit with a Te Papa Highlights Tour followed by free time to explore the six storeys of interactive exhibitions.

To finish a big day of exploring, your clients can relax over dinner and drinks at one of New Zealand’s top restaurants before heading to a show at one of the city’s top venues.

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Day three — explore beyond the city

If your clients have time to stay for an additional night, we highly recommend they explore the wider Wellington region.

They can drive to the Kāpiti Coast and catch a ferry to Kapiti Island, one of New Zealand’s oldest and most important nature reserves, and a place rich in Māori history. Book them on an Overnight Kiwi Spotting Tour with Kapiti Island Nature Tours and they can enjoy a night on the island.

Alternatively, they could drive an hour to Wairarapa and join a tour of the region’s boutique wineries with Green Jersey Cycle Tours. If they are planning to drink, book them to stay in Martinborough so they don’t have to drive; there is a wide range of accommodation options to choose from.

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Day four — safe travels

Whether your clients have spent the night on Kapiti Island or in the Wairarapa region, let them enjoy a relaxed morning before they drive to their next New Zealand destination.

Do they want to stay in Wellington longer?

If your clients would like to extend their stay in the city, there are plenty more things to see and do. Here are some additional products you could include in their itinerary: