With more than 400,000 residents, Wellington stands proudly as the capital city of New Zealand and the second most-populated urban region in the country. One of Wellington’s more interesting claims to fame is the fact that meteorologists recognise it as the windiest city on Earth. Top wind speeds have been clocked at 248 kph. Wellington uses this geographic anomaly to its advantage as a multitude of wind turbines generate the city’s electricity. Meanwhile, air pollution is nonexistent as any smog or fumes are literally blown away. The film and special effects industries are very popular in Wellington, with the famous Weta Workshop being based here. Director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed in New Zealand with Wellington front and center. Several key scenes were filmed at Mount Victoria which is within walking distance of the city. But these are just a few of the wonders of Wellington. No matter what your interest, Wellington has a rich and varied buffet of winter tourism activities sure to please one and all. The best was to see Wellington is from the comfort of your motorhome, so hire a campervan with Mighway and let the journey unfold!
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‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ literally means ‘container of treasures’. Discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people under one roof.
Enjoy six floors of engaging, interactive displays. Encounter Māori and Pacific cultural treasures, New Zealand’s extraordinary natural life, its most important works of art, and its unique history. Get shaken up in the Earthquake House or come face to face with a colossal squid, then explore its life through 3D animation.
With a combination of the latest technology and classic story-telling, Te Papa educates, entertains, and inspires.
Walk up to the turbine at the top of Brooklyn Hill for spectacular breathtaking views of the Wellington region, Cook Strait and in the distance, the South Island.
Master film-maker, Sir Peter Jackson, with the support of ANZ, has recreated the global story of the First World War at The Great War Exhibition. A stunning array of movie-like sets depict the war; scene by scene; year by year. From the massive 10-tonne tank and 11-tonne gun to the 5,000 tiny hand-painted figurines which re-enact the battle of Chunuk Bair, the artefacts are rare and thought provoking.
But perhaps it is the hundreds of photographs from the era, which have been painstakingly colourised, that really melt away the last 100 years.
This is truly a world-class exhibition, acclaimed by international visitors and New Zealanders alike. It shows the hardship and bravery of those who lived through this pivotal time in history – the horrors of war as well as the bravery and spirit which endured.
Housed within the beautiful Pukeahu National War Memorial Park it is a must-see.
Visit the Duck Pond, Begonia House, award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Treehouse Visitor Information Centre, Sundial of Human Involvement, Children's Play Area and the historic Bolton Street Memorial Park, where many of the city's pioneers are buried.
Gardens open daily sunrise to sunset. Free entry. Garden tours are available by prior booking or prior request.
Step out of your car and immerse yourself in the ancient rainforest of Kaitoke Regional Park. With its ideal location set amid the backdrop of ageless Rata and Rimu (some estimated to be over 1200 years old!) it’s no wonder it was chosen as the home of the elves in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Less than an hour from the Wellington CBD, Kaitoke Regional Park is a family friendly location, open to all abilities. It boasts walking, swimming, picnicking, mountain biking and kayaking amid an iconic landscape. From the experienced hiker to the day tripper there are activities to suit all ages including tracks that are completely accessible and buggy friendly.
Transport yourself to Middle Earth and picnic amongst the beauty of the ‘Rivendell’ film location from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Discover the Elvish Archway replica amid the home of the elves.
Extend your stay with a relaxed evening in our campground surrounded by beautiful, natural bush to explore all that the Park can offer.
Make the journey and discover why Kaitoke Regional Park has over 200,000 visits a year!
Matiu/Somes Island is a predator-free scientific reserve. It is also a historic reserve with a rich multicultural history. Matiu Somes Island is owned by local iwi (Te Atiawa) following a Treaty settlement. It is governed by a Kaitiaki Board and managed by DOC. Matiu/Somes Island Campsite is a small, low key site suitable for small groups and individuals. It is located in a sheep paddock surrounded by historical buildings. The historic ova transplant building from the maximum security quarantine station provides the campsite facilities. A maximum of 12 campers in total are permitted to campVisit Matiu/Somes Island
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