Fuel your camper holiday with fantastic coffee, a taste of craft beer culture, a dash of creative flair and a good dose of nature
Whether you’re planning your first visit to Wellington, or you’re familiar with this vibrant city, there’s always more to discover in the Wellington region. Many North Island motorhome journeys start or end here because of the ferry services that carry cars, passengers and freight between the North and South islands.
Wellington is the home to New Zealand’s Parliament, a thriving arts scene, a foodie culture to write home about and Weta Workshop – a movie magic making empire that‘s more than just Hobbits. Park up and wander the city by foot – it’s actually one of the better ways to navigate the inner city which is made up of many one way streets.
On the waterfront, you’ll find many restaurants and cafes as well as a few museums including Te Papa – New Zealand’s museum – which is well worth two or three hours to visit, and If you have a small campervan (less than 6.5 metres long), you can use the paid outdoor parking there.
Nature is very much to the fore in this vibrant city. Wellington is blessed with a beautiful harbour (keep an eye out for dolphin pods and, if you’re very lucky, whale flukes) and is surrounded by forested hills rich in birdsong thanks to the presence of two nearby eco-sanctuaries – one close to the city, and one on Kapiti Island.
The greater Wellington region offers some beautiful walking trails in regional forest parks, quaint seaside towns (enjoy fish and chips on the beach at Petone, Titahi Bay or Days Bay) and plenty of artisan shops to wander around. Mountain bikers will be thrilled with the many rewarding trails including Makara Peak.
On the south coast, a stroll away from the famous Red Rocks beach (take photos of the resident seals, but keep your distance), self contained campervans can stay in the carpark at Owhiro Bay which is just a short drive away from the ferry terminals – ideal for catching the early sailings to the South Island.
If you’re heading north from here, you may choose to head over the eastern hills and discover the world-famous wine region of Wairarapa, or perhaps drive the stunning Kapiti coast road.
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Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park
You will find this peaceful retreat just 15km from the centre of Wellington. There is plenty of space for the entire family, or perfect for a couples retreat. Enjoy all the incredible facilities and park your campervan up for 1 night or 5!
If you're searching for a cosy campsite, but near the city centre, then Camp Wellington is perfect for you.
For those who enjoy the arts and nature, there is plenty of great walking tracks, biking and kayaking. The campground also has a cosy lounge, kitchen and is just a 15-minute drive to the city.
There are plenty of sites to choose from including powered and non-powered sites. This campsite offers a perfectly unique experience.
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