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KirKcaldie & StainS travel Price Kirkcaldie & Stains offers all international travellers 15% off the normal price on all merchandise store wide. To receive the Kirkcaldie & Stains Travel Price customers must show proof (e.g. tickets) that they are travelling within the next two weeks and must spend a minimum of $100. This offer is only available to the person who is travelling and named on the travel documents. The Travel Price is unavailable on purchases in Crabtree & Evelyn, dermalogica, dermalogica at essence, Mimco, Mecca Cosmetica, Scent Floral Boutique, Witchery, WitcheryMan, WitcheryKids and K&S Café and not in conjunction with any other offer. language iS no barrier at KirKcaldie & StainS. A number of languages are spoken by Kirkcaldie & Stains staff members. Please ask at Reception on the ground floor should you require assistance. 165 - 177 Lambton Quay Wellington Telephone (04) 472 5899 www.kirkcaldies.co.nz Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm. Friday 9.30am - 6pm. Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 10am - 5pm.

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Haere Mai Welcome to Wellington – New Zealand’s Cultural Capital. Set in a spectacular harbour location, Wellington has an easy way about it, mixing seaside suburbs with a city scene renown for its café culture and being the creative and political capital of New Zealand. Wellington’s compact size is ideal to explore by foot, with bush-clad hills only a few minutes’ stroll from the city centre. Make sure you get the most from your stay by keeping your copy of Jasons Wellington What’s On close at hand as you explore. See what’s on in this busy city in our events calendar, find your way around with easy-touse maps, and read up on accommodation, shopping, dining and transport information as well as plenty of ideas for sightseeing and activities.

Wellington at a Glance Wellington offers the best of city living, with fantastic shopping and dining, a nightlife that positively hums and a wealth of arts and cultural events. The city bursts with theatres, galleries, museums, shops and restaurants, making it perfect for a cosmopolitan holiday, or sample the wonderful lifestyle attractions of the surrounding region. The Hutt Valley is just 15 minutes’ drive north of Wellington. The cities of Lower and Upper Hutt make up the Hutt Valley region.

The seaside villages of Days Bay and Eastbourne in the Eastern Bays are excellent places to explore walkways and beaches, or stroll along the streets looking at the houses, village shops or grab a book and relax at any of the cafés. Nestled around the shoreline of Porirua Harbour, Porirua is an interesting blend of modern mega-stores, local produce markets, small museums and scenic reserves and parks. Enjoy your stay in Wellington – New Zealand’s Cultural Capital.

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Contents Wellington at a Glance....................................................................................2 Wellington Region........................................................................................... 4 Events Calendar................................................................................................6 Jasons Recommends What’s Hot.................................................................................................12 24 Hours in Wellington......................................................................... 16 Best of Wellington for Groups.............................................................18 Spotlight on Cuba St..................................................................................... 20 Activities........................................................................................................... 24 Vouchers......................................................................................................... 43 Bars & Pubs/Dining.......................................................................................48 Shopping......................................................................................................... 56 Health & Beauty............................................................................................. 62 Accommodation............................................................................................ 64 Transport & Rentals...................................................................................... 67 Around Wellington........................................................................................ 70 Wairarapa................................................................................................... 73 Porirua..........................................................................................................74 Hutt Valley.................................................................................................. 76 Wellington Airport......................................................................................... 78 Useful Information........................................................................................80 Wellington Maps.................................................................................4, 82-85


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Situated in the centre of New Zealand, Wellington is served by two major highways, the main trunk railway, inter-island ferries, and regular international and domestic air services. The greater Wellington region is made up of Porirua, Upper and Lower Hutt, Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. The first place of organised settlement in New Zealand, the Hutt Valley lies north of Wellington, incorporating both Lower Hutt (24km north of Wellington) and Upper Hutt (39km north of Wellington).

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Events Calendar June

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Art/Exhibitions

Warhol: Immortal

Andy Warhol’s portraits of friends, celebrities, socialites, politicians, and rock stars across multiple media. Among them are the flamboyant, repetitive portraits that made him most famous. Andy Warhol (1928–87) was a founder of pop art and one of the 20th century’s most defining artists. He blurred the boundaries between the artificial and the real, the commercial and the cultural, the noteworthy and the trite. Warhol: Immortal celebrates his enduring influence.

Te Papa Museum www.tepapa.govt.nz/warhol

Theatre

13-30 June

Festivals

Phantom of the Opera

1–3 June

Now in its 25th record-breaking year, see The Phantom like you’ve never seen it before, with a stunning new design making its international debut in Wellington.

Comics, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, anime, manga, cartoons, TV and movie stars (including stars from Game of Thrones and Alien).

St James Theatre www.ticketek.co.nz 0800 842 538

Outdoors 16 June

Traditional Māori kai plants Learn about edible native plants on a walk through Otari, then enjoy a taste! Part of ‘Meet the Curator’ sessions jointly held by Wellington Botanic Garden and OtariWilton’s Bush.

Bookings essential 04 499 1400 Otari Information Centre

Armageddon Expo

Westpac Stadium armageddonexpo.com/nz

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NZSO welcomes June Māori New Year The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra celebrate Matariki with Gustav Holst’s musical journey around the solar system, The Planets, and a new commission by New Zealand composer Eve de Castro-Robinson. Michael Fowler Centre www.ticketek.co.nz 0800 842 538

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Shortest day (Winter Solstice) Music

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Wellington Jazz Festival on Cuba

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Shane Cotton: 15 June The Hanging Sky

New Zealand’s hottest little Jazz festival in the world’s coolest little capital. International acts, homegrown super groups, relaxed afternoon sessions and riotous late-night jams.

This new exhibition is a journey through the acclaimed New Zealand artist’s distinctive airborne world across six years of energetic art-making. This is a chance to experience this period of change and transformation in the work of one of the country’s most esteemed painters.

jazzfestival.co.nz

The City Gallery Civic Square 101 Wakefield Street www.citygallery.org.nz

15–16 June

Music

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Music

29 June

Verdi’s Requiem

Direct from America, this concert spectacular brings back the unforgettable music of the 1940s and recreates the Golden Era of Swing.

Some of Australasia’s finest singing talent perform Verdi’s moving and majestic Requiem.

Michael Fowler Centre www.ticketek.co.nz

www.nzso.co.nz 0800 842 538

Exhibition

Magic Playgrounds:

7 June– 20 July

Historical Images of New Zealand Childhoods A moving-image exhibition explores the relationship between children and the natural environment. Featuring documentary footage, amateur films, feature films and rarely seen footage from the early 1900s.

The Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St. Ph: 04 499 3456. www. filmarchive. org.nz

Festival

June 1–2

Handmade 2013 A festival celebrating beautiful and creative things. It is the place for people who want to learn the skills and crafts of previous generations but in today’s context, using modern technology and style.

Various venues around Wellington. www.handmadenz.co.nz

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July

13 – 28 School Holidays Art/exhibitions

Sports

Movers and shakers

Hurricanes v Highlanders

From 27 June

Fascinating early portraits by William Beetham of rural and urban leaders; Maori and Pakeha and their families. NZ Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington waterfront

Sports

Tough Guy & Gal Challenge

6 July

It’s crunch time heading towards the business end of the super 15 rugby season. The ‘Cake Tin’ provides the battlefield for this local derby Westpac Stadium www.hurricanes.co.nz

20 July

Are you tough enough to run through water trails, crawl under barbed-wire obstacles, swamp crossings, bush trails, hill climbs and a ropebridge? A clean race is not a TG&G race! Beautiful native bush location just 10km from Lower Hutt.

Wainui Boys’ Brigade Camp, 203 Coast Rd Wainuiomata www.eventpromotions.co.nz

Festival

NZ International Film Festival NZIFF brings the best and brightest of world cinema straight from the international circuit to cinemas around Wellington. Includes the world premieres of four New Zealand films, including the stunning images of Antarctica captured by a self-taught photographer who built his own equipment to survive the harsh conditions of nine winters of the frozen continent.

Tickets on sale from Ticketek outlets from 2 July.

| Happy 60th

Theatre 2–6 July

Yes, Prime Minister Much-loved BBC television classic Yes, Prime Minister makes its New Zealand stage premiere at Wellington’s Opera House. A fastpaced and witty depiction of the deliciously awkward marriage between civil servants and politicians.

0800 842 538 www.yesprimeminister. co.nz

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Birthday Royal New Zealand Ballet!

10-13 July

Theatre/dance

K’RD STRIP

The vitalty and significance of Auckland’s Karangahape Road (K’Rd) is explored by Okareka Dance Company as six performers combine dance, theatre, music and waiata as part of the Matariki Season. Show times vary – check when booking Downstage Theatre www.downstage.co.nz

Art/exhibitions July

Art at Parliament There’s more to parliament than politics! Parliament hosts changing exhibitions at Bowen House Gallery (entrance from Lambton Quay). Art tours for groups available.

art@parliament.govt.nz

Happy 60th Birthday Royal New Zealand Ballet!

Vodafone Season of Swan Lake The Royal New Zealand Ballet present dance icon Russell Kerr’s classic production of Swan Lake. Kristian Fredrikson’s opulent designs transport the audience from ballroom to lakeside. Be caught up in the unfolding tragedy as the dancers bring their characters alive through ballet at its most illuminating.

18–27 July

St James Theatre www.nzballet.org.nz

26–28 July

Art/exhibitions

The New Zealand Art Show The largest curated art sale; a three-day visual feast for art lovers and those want to buy original New Zealand art at affordable prices – from $50–$500. TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf www.artshow.co.nz,

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From 13 July

Colour & Light: Impressionism from France & America See the work of Monet, Cézanne, Renoir and their devotees on the other side of the Atlantic in this dazzling exhibition. Te Papa

What to do. Where to stay. How to get there.

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August

COMING SOON: Dance

30 July– 4 August

STOMP 2013 Eight performers use everything from supermarket trolleys to Zippo lighters; even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm. Guaranteed foot-stamping, finger-drumming and adrenalin-rushing fun.

St James Theatre www.ticketek.co.nz

Family

Daily

Meet Sirocco the kakapo YouTube sensation Sirocco is one of just 124 of these charming flightless parrots left on the planet. Don’t miss this rare chance to meet him at Zealandia.

Venue: Zealandia, Karori, Wellington. www.visitzealandia.com

Sports

Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks vs Australia

24 August

Art/Craft/ Exhibition 10 August

Dr. Sketchy, Wellington Putting the life back into life drawing. A performer from the world of burlesque, circus or cabaret performs and poses from 4–7pm. All levels of drawing ability and experience welcomed; bring paper, a pen or pencil.

The trans-Tasman rivals play in Wellington for the first time since 35,000 fans saw the All Blacks beat the Wallabies 33-6 in 2009. Westpac Stadium, 147 Waterloo Quay www.allblacks.com

Mighty Mighty bar, Cuba St.

Festival

11–12 August Fisher & Paykel

Wellington MasterClass Top Southern Hemisphere chefs demonstrate their recipes and secrets. 0800 842 538 www.wellingtononaplate.com


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World of Wearable Art Aw  ards Show Festival

Visa Wellington on a Plate The coolest little culinary festival in the world, Visa Wellington On a Plate, is set to serve its fifth course of good times and great deals. At the time of publication, the full line-up was embargoed, but we can tell you that it looks delicious! Grab your knife and fork, fill your plate with a feast of experiences and be sure to go back for seconds.

9-10 August

www.VisaWellingtonOnaPlate. com

Music

9 August

Festival

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August Magnificent Beervana The 12 annual Beervana is a celebration of craft beer in New Zealand, last year’s festival featured Mozart 297 brews from 96 breweries and fantastic food This NZSO performance includes the celebrated Symphony No. 40 in G minor with its famous opening phrases. Michael Fowler Centre www.ticketek.co.nz 0800 842 538

from top chefs.

Westpac Stadium www.ticketek.co.nz www.beervana.co.nz

Family

Petone Winter Carnival

3 August

A day of fun, featuring carnival rides, music, workshops, food, Fire Sculptures, and fireworks! Starts at noon with the Polar Plunge – the annual winter swim in the harbour. Heaps of activities throughout the afternoon before the burning of the Fire Sculptures and the Fireshow at 7.30pm

Postponement date of 4 August in case of inclement weather. Petone Foreshore, The Espanade, Petone, Lower Hutt

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Visa Wellington On a Plate 9–25 August The coolest little culinary festival in the world, is set to serve its fifth course of good times and great deals. The festival centrepiece is DINE Wellington, a fortnight where 110 of the region’s finest eateries offer lunchtime set menus and delectable dinner deals. This year will see the return of Garage Project presents Burger Wellington – the popular ‘battle of the burger’ – and a bevy of 113 events including Beervana. Grab your knife and fork, fill your plate with a feast of experiences at www.VisaWellingtonOnaPlate.com

Wellington Cable Car Every year over one million people hop on board Wellington’s iconic Cable Car as it travels from the Lambton Quay, commercial heart of the city, under the corporate towers of The Terrace, and emerges in the hillside suburb of Kelburn. It’s the very best way to get an overview of the city, and it stops right by the Botanic Garden. Cars run every 10 minutes, seven days a week. See ad page 34

Cable Car Lane, 280 Lambton Quay, CBD Wellington.

Matariki Matariki is the Maori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. When the cluster appears on the pre-dawn eastern horizon in June, it signals new growth and the new year. Maori traditionally celebrated Matariki by gathering with whanau (family), and is now an opportunity for Maori to share their stories and culture with the wider community.

Venue: Matariki festivities start on June 10th, look for events and activities planned throughout Wellington and the country

Wellington Movie Tours Welcome to Wellywood! Climb aboard and tour the locations made famous by Lord of the Rings; The Lovely Bones, & King Kong, amongst others. Lunch at Rivendell, take a stroll through the Hobbiton Woods and visit the famous Weta Cave to learn more about the productions design, effects, props and the team that pulled it together. A must for all film fans. See ad page 46

Phone 027 419 3077 Email info@adventuresafari.co.nz www.movietours.co.nz


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See Wellington the way YOU want to! Just buy a 24 hour pass then choose whether you want to stay on the bus for a two hour scenic loop past Wellington’s key attractions, or hop off at the locations that interest you, hopping back on when you’re finished. Your dedicated guides are experts at helping you create your perfect day. Book now. See ad page 15

Phone 0800 24 68 77; www.hoponhopoff.co.nz

Warhol Immortal at Te Papa 1 June – 25 August 2013 Andy Warhol was the originator of pop art, the godfather of pop culture. Mixing commercial with cultural, he changed the concept of what art could be and what art could say. Including self-portraits spanning over 40 years, this collection brings some of the most important pieces he created to New Zealand. Bookings are essential. See ad page 41 Venue: Te Papa Tongarewa – Museum of New Zealand, 55 Cable Street, CBD Wellington. Phone: 04 381 7000 www.tepapa.govt.nz/ WhatsOn

Carter Observatory Traditionally Maori used the night sky to track time. Matariki is a time of cultural, spiritual and historical significance as it marks their new calendar year. Every year the Carter Observatory celebrates with special talks, late night viewings and interactive displays. Always fun, always interesting; it’s a wonderful way to learn about Maori traditions and their place in the world today. See ad page 25

In the Botanic Garden, 2 minutes from the Cable Car, Kelburn. Phone 04 910 3140 www.carterobservatory.org

Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience Zealandia is the world’s first fully fenced urban eco-sanctuary, home to a large range of native animals including some of the rarest. From July, Sirocco, the infamous Kakapo, who fell in love with television presenter Stephen Fry, will be at Zealandia! Usually kept on protected islands, this is a very rare chance to see a Kakapo up close. See ad page 33

End of Waipu Road, Karori, Wellington. Phone: 09 420 9200 www.visitzealandia.com

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Have you ever had a muffin with a seal? Travel with us to the ‘Seal Coast’ with wild animals and breathtaking scenery!

See New Zealand Fur seals in their natural

habitat all year round on this 4WD adventure! Departs from the i-SITE at 10.00am and 1.30pm

Freephone 0800 73 25 27 www.sealcoast.com

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John’s Hop On Hop Off City Tour See Wellington the way YOU want to! Let our dedicated guides show you the 18 best sights and attractions in Wellington! Hop on & off with a pass that lasts 24-hours, or stay on for a 2-hour scenic loop of our awesome city! Tours depart from the i-SITE at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Freephone 0800 24 68 77 www.hoponhopoff.co.nz

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24 hours Wellington

You’ve arrived in New Zealand’s premier food and culture destination, but you only have 24 hours, or less, to visit? Wellington is such a vibrant city and has so much to offer, so where should you start? Never fear, here’s our recommendations for what to see and do in the short time you’re here.

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a good breakfast at one 10.00 After of Wellington’s many cafés,

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Dockside Restaurant & Bar, situated right in the heart of Queens

Wharf. Housed in an historic waterfront shed, there are incredible views on offer. With a maritime theme throughout, Dockside’s specialty is seafood focussing on the best of what New Zealand has to offer, which is a lot! The menu changes daily with the emphasis on fresh local produce; it’s just what you need to sustain you on a busy day exploring Wellington. While you’re in the area, stop by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery at Shed 11, and get face-to-face with some history makers. Phone 04 499 9900 www.docksidenz.com

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Get an insight into the famous Weta Workshop, home of Sir Peter

Jackson’s production company. Just 15-minutes from central Wellington, the Window into Workshop tour starts every 30 minutes from 10am to 5pm, and takes approximately 45 minutes. You’ll be guided by one of the workshop staff, have the chance to watch the experts do their thing and ask them questions and hear their stories. Sorry, photography is not allowed. Once you’ve finished the tour make sure explore the Weta Cave. Full of displays and official merchandise, you can pick up everything from figurines to replica props. There is no charge to visit the Weta Cave but there is an admission fee to the Window into Workshop Tour. Phone 04 909 4000 www.wetanz.com


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“In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.” So said Andy Warhol, an avid people-watcher whose work is famous for changing the way people saw the things society valued. You can see his work up close at Te Papa Tongarewa: The Museum of New Zealand. The Warhol: Immortal exhibition features portraits of Warhol’s famous friends, his work for MTV, magazine covers, screen prints, video works and a selection of self-portraits spanning 40 years. Take some time to explore the rest of the museum; you’re welcome to the Te Papa Marae (communal meeting place), and_ don’t miss exhibition highlights – from the story of Ma ori in New Zealand to the ‘junk shop’ that transports you through 100 years kiwi history. Phone 04 381 7000 www.tepapa.govt.nz

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that’s Kirkcaldie & Stains. Situated in the heart of Wellington’s Golden Shopping Mile, Lambton Quay, Kirkcaldie & Stains has been the city’s premiere department store since 1863. With only the best local and international products on offer, the friendly staff can help you find that perfect gift, something special for yourself as well as those finds that turn your house into a home. If you’re planning on going out in the evening, perhaps you could book in a 45-minute make-up session with one of the on-hand cosmetic professionals. At Kirks, there’s even an instore café in case you need a caffeine fix. Phone 04 472 5899 www.kirkcaldies.co.nz

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The White House on beautiful Oriental Parade has stunning views over Oriental Bay and across Wellington Harbour, it’s easy to see why it’s known as being one of New Zealand’s most elegant fine dining restaurants. Operating for over 20 years, owner and Head Chef Paul Hoather is passionate about creating unique, delicious cuisine using only the best organic, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers as well as carefully selected imported ingredients. With a vast wine cellar, including very rare vintages, The White House is an exceptional restaurant well deserving of its many awards, the most recent including winner of Wellington on a Plate, silver medal in NZ Dine Out, and as a finalist in Cuisine Restaurant of the Year 2012. Bookings recommended. Phone 04 385 8555 www.whr.co.nz

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Enjoy an evening of entertainment as two of the world’s most famous productions grace the Wellington stage. Wellington Musical Theatre is staging Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at the St. James Theatre from June 13–July 6. This popular show is a tale of loss, longing and obsessive love set in Paris in the early 1900s. From July 18, the Royal New Zealand Ballet are performing Swan Lake at The St. James Theatre. The centrepiece of the company’s 60th anniversary, this production is will star Principal Guest Artist Gillian Murphy. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score played by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, this will be a truly special event. Bookings for both at www.premier.ticketek.co.nz or by visiting the St. James Theatre

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has to offer for groups All the best travel memories are those shared with friends, family or other like-minded souls. So gather your mates and loved ones together, because we’ve selected the best of what Wellington has to offer for group visits.

The New Zealand Film Archive Home to New Zealand’s moving image history, The Film archive is a fascinating place to visit, especially if it’s a wet day. They have a comfy café, gallery, cinema and a library you can explore. With regular screenings happening and the ability to set up screenings for your group, the Film Archive provides an altogether different look at New Zealand via the big screen, the small screen, advertising and music. Take a look but allow yourself at least a couple of hours. Contact Details: Phone 04 384 7647 84 Taranaki Street, CBD Wellington www.filmarchive.org.nz

Mud Cycles Not only do Mud Cycles offer a selection of mountainbikes for hire, the staff are all mountainbikers with first-hand knowledge of the local tracks. In fact, every Tuesday evening, no matter the weather, you can join them for a night ride. They can also accompany you on a ride specifically created for you and your group. For the Kids: Don’t forget to ask about rides suitable for the younger members of your group. Instruction and bespoke rides are available for them too. Contact Details: Phone: 04 476 4961 421 Karori Road, Karori, Wellington 6012 www.mudcycles.co.nz

Walk Wellington The best way to get to know Wellington is by foot, and Walk Wellington can tailor a walk especially for your group, your interests and your time restraints. Your friendly guide knows Wellington inside out and is happy to share their love of the city. A Walk Wellington tour is a great way to find out what’s happening around town and decide what else you’d like to do while you’re in Wellington. Call them to discuss your group needs. Contact Details: walkwellington@xtra.co.nz www.walkwellington.org.nz


Congratulate them – they’ve just been announced by The Times as being one of the world’s top 50 museums! Considering they’re up there with The Smithsonian Institute and The British Museum, you know they really must be exceptional. Tours can be tailored to your group’s specific needs and interests. Highlights include the Maori myths and legends show, A Millennium Ago as well as exhibits about the Wahine ferry disaster and 101 stories of Wellington life. Ask about a tour deal if you’re planning on visiting the Cable Car too. Contact Details: museumswellington@wmt.org.nz Queens Wharf, 3 Jervois Quay, CBD Wellington www.museumswellington.org.nz

HangDog Climbing Adventures Most group activities require everyone to be at the same level of fitness and skill. At HangDog indoor rock climbing, that’s not a problem. The very nature of climbing is that everyone does it to their own level at their own pace. Plus everyone usually climbs at the same time so if you’re shy you don’t feel like people are standing around watching you. With an emphasis on safety and fun, this is a great group option. Contact Details: Phone: 04 589 9181 Unit #11/ 453 Hutt Road, Alicetown, Lower Hutt 5012 www.hangdog.co.nz

Zest Food Tours Discover why Wellington is called the ‘culinary, cafe and coffee capital” with a Zest guided gourmet tour. Have one tailored to your group, or select one on offer. The Walking Gourmet introduces you to a variety of specialty stores, stylish cafes, a boutique coffee roaster and a unique chocolatier. The tour then concludes with a delicious, light, three course tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at Logan Brown, 2009 Cuisine Magazine NZ Restaurant of the Year Winner. Guides fluent in European languages available by request. Contact Details: Phone: 04 801 9198 Email: tours@zestfoodtours.co.nz www.zestfoodtours.co.nz

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It’d be easy to assume that Wellington’s hippest street was named after the Caribbean country famed for its vibrancy and energy; Cuba Street is indeed colourful in character, full of a very Wellington laid-back yet lively vibe with an eclectic mix of styles and sophistication to suit every taste. Although some of the bars, eateries, cafés, restaurants and stores may take a Cuban inspiration for their signage, name, flavour, menus and atmosphere, the inner-city street was named after an 1840 settler ship to New Zealand, the Cuba. Many buildings of historic significance line the busy pedestrian street, but it’s mostly known as a creative and cultural hub, sometimes referred to as ‘bohemian’, but let’s call it cosmopolitan. New Zealand soul-reggae-funksters Fat Freddy’s Drop recorded their first album, ‘Live at the Matterhorn’, at the popular cocktail bar named after a Swiss mountain; Fidel’s is the always busy brunch, lunch and dinner institution for many creative types (ask the staff what the most popular milkshake is, then order it and enjoy!). Olive is relaxed yet stylish with friendly staff and a reliably good menu (an evening here with live music, coffee and a dessert is a treat).

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On the other side of the street, Floriditas evokes the old world charm of a Parisian café; Scopa serves traditional pizza and legendary Italian hot chocolate. Just off Cuba Street, Havana Bar is the modern tapas and cocktail retreat that, as the lights dim, becomes the late-night sophisticated venue of choice. Wellington’s hippest quarter also has many options for cheap eats if you’re looking for good food on a budget, with vegetarian eateries, bakeries, ethnic cuisine, a food court and a range of smaller cafés and Irish bars. The area is one of the city’s oldest thoroughfares and, after a relaxing dinner, it’s just a short walk to the concert halls and theatres for a spot of nightlife. The lower end of Cuba Street ends at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Town Hall, Civic Square, and Wakefield Street.

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Cuba Street is also home to galleries, boutique and high street fashion stores, bookshops, quality vintage garments, urbanwear, pharmacies, a vinyl record hunter’s mecca, greengrocers, yoga studios; it’s a street where you can buy everything from banjos to lawn mowers. Buskers serenade shoppers and diners, parents with young kids congregate at the mini-sized children’s playground, students chat at sidewalk tables, business people have planning brunches and people of all sorts and ages stop to admire the famous bucket fountain (be sure to stand on the lee-side of the fountain on a windy day to avoid being splashed).

It’s where you can buy everything from banjos to lawn mowers

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The world’s coolest little capital makes a big splash with an exciting array of things to do, from cultural and heritage attractions to adventure activities. Wellington’s compact size makes it easy to explore on foot, and a good way to begin is to catch the city’s historic Cable Car up to the beautiful Botanic Gardens to enjoy the stunning views and surrounds. Join the locals for a stroll along Oriental Parade, catch the ferry across to the bush trails and cafés of Days Bay or discover the city’s lively maritime history at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. For a glimpse of wildlife, take a seal coast safari, visit the zoo or check out the native wildlife at ZEALANDIA in Karori. Living up its claim as New Zealand’s cultural capital, Wellington is full to bursting with theatres, galleries and museums. Discover New Zealand’s heritage and ‘Awesome Forces’ at Te Papa, sit in for a Kiwi classic film at The Film Archive, enjoy the exhibitions at City Gallery, step back in time at The Colonial Cottage. Learn about Pacific culture at PATAKA, or see the original Treaty of Waitangi at Archives New Zealand.

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Wellington has plenty to keep activity-seekers happy, choose from rock climbing, kayaking, skating, fishing, and cycling or a get a broader understanding with sightseeing tours such as scenic helicopter flights, gourmet wine and food escapes, or tours of the Lord of the Rings locations.

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NEW ZEALAND’S UNIQUE SKIES

Journey through the Universe in New Zealand’s newest digital planetarium and celebrate the stories of the Southern Skies in our amazing interactive exhibition. Located in the Wellington Botanic Garden, a 2 minute walk from the top of the Cable Car.

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Breathtakingly Beautiful! Wellington’s famous…

OLD ST PAUL’S

A New Zealand icon, this unique 1866 Gothic church is built of native New Zealand timber and features exquisite stained glass and wooden carvings.

• Guided Tours every hour • Gift Shop • Exhibition • Venue Hire 34 Mulgrave St, Thorndon Phone 04 473 6722 Fax 04 473 6422 Email oldstpauls@historic.org.nz www.oldstpauls.co.nz

Open 7 Days 9.30am-5pm

Closed Christmas Day and for short periods during special ceremonies.

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Archives New Zealand 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, phone 499 5595 Email info@archives.govt.nz www.archives.govt.nz Visit the Constitution Room, home of New Zealand’s founding documents, including the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition. The Treaty of Waitangi comprises a group of nine documents, seven on paper and two on parchment. Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Self tour available or book online www.archives.govt.nz for a guided tour which takes ½ – 1 hour.

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Bats Theatre Corner of Cuba and Dixon Streets, Wellington phone 04 802 4175 www.bats.co.nz Temporarily relocated for 2013, BATS remains New Zealand’s hottest developmental theatre. The jampacked programme is renowned for new New Zealand theatre, dance and music at affordable prices. Intimate and friendly, with a dapper new bar, Understudy, and no-fee booking service. Additional Details: Follow us on Facebook and twitter for late breaking deals and information.

Bank of New Zealand Museum  Level 1, Harbour Quays, 60 Waterloo Quay, (opposite Railway Station) phone 474 6933 museum@bnz.co.nzt Since 1861 Bank of New Zealand has been part of New Zealand’s development. Our museum provides a unique insight into the way our country has evolved socially and financially. Stories and interactive displays of the gold rush days, early bank notes and coins, advertising, technology, architecture and its people. Price: Free entry Open: Monday-Friday 9.30am-4pm, except public holidays

Cable Car Museum Top of Cable Car & Upland Road (entrance to Botanical Garden) phone 04 475 3578 www.museumswellington.org.nz Stories of our iconic cable cars. Situated within the original Winding House, the Museum has a nationally significant collection including two of the original grip cars and the historic winding machinery. Discover the unique system that has transported people between harbour and hills for over 100 years. Price: Free entry Open: Open every day 9.30am to 5pm.

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Free Entry. Open Every Day 10am-5pm www.citygallery.org.nz

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Carter Observatory Wellington Botanic Gardens, phone 04 910 3140 Two min walk from top of Cable Car www.carterobservatory.org A world-class attraction bringing Te Ikaroa, the Milky Way, to you. Journey through the Universe in New Zealand’s newest digital planetarium and celebrate the stories of the Southern Skies in our amazing interactive multimedia exhibition. Allow at least an 1.5hrs, if space is of interest to you, allow a good few hours. Open: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Tues & Saturday 10am9.30pm. Price: Adult $18.50, Child $8, under 4 free

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Circa Theatre 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington phone 04 801 7992 www.circa.co.nz Drama on the waterfront. One of New Zealand’s liveliest and most innovative professional theatres showcasing the best of theatre from New Zealand and around the world. With a fully licensed bar and restaurant, Circa has your ticket for a great night out! Price: Adults $46, Students and Senior $35, under 25s $25. Bookings: www.circa.co.nz, phone 04 801 7992 or at our box office

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City Gallery Wellington Civic Square, Wellington phone 04 801 3021. citygallery@wmt.org.nz www.citygallery.org.nz Located in the heart of Civic Square, City Gallery Wellington offers visitors sometimes challenging, always captivating art from some of the world’s most exciting artists. Specific galleries dedicated to Wellington artists and Maori and Pacific arts enables audiences to experience art in new inspiring ways. Price: Free entry. Open: Daily 10am-5pm (except Christmas Day).

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Activities Colonial Cottage Museum

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68 Nairn Street (top of Willis Street) phone 04 384 9122 www.museumswellington.org.nz Stories of a colonial family’s life. Step back in time and into Wellington’s oldest original cottage, home to the Wallis family for over a century. Built in 1858, the cottage typifies the late-Georgian architectural style. Stroll around the organic heritage garden or take a guided tour to learn more. Price: Tour & admission: Adults $8, Child $4 (5-14 years). Under 5s free. Open: Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm, cottage tours hourly at 1,2,3pm.

Downstage Cnr Courtenay Place & Cambridge Terrace phone 04 801 6946 www.downstage.co.nz On the corner of Courtenay Place since 1964, Downstage is at the heart of Wellington’s cultural nightlife. Exciting contemporary theatre from New Zealand’s top independent companies. We promise a warm welcome, fully licensed bar, and an unforgettable night at the theatre. Price: Ticket prices and performance start times vary from production to production, please visit www.downstage.co.nz for show details.

The Dowse Art Museum 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt phone 04 570 6500 www.dowse.org.nz facebook.com/thedowseartmuseum One of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art museums, just a 15 minute drive from downtown Wellington. Known for its diverse exhibition programme of local, national and international artists and designers, The Dowse hosts a lively events calendar including artist talks and monthly evening music sessions. Price: Free Open: 7 days, 10am–5pm.

Embassy Theatre 10 Kent Terrace, Wellington infoline 04 384 7657 www.deluxe.co.nz Home to both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Wellington’s iconic cinema also features fine food and drink at the beautiful Black Sparrow Bar. Built in 1924, the Embassy has been fully refurbished, offering a state of the art movie going experience. Full programme details available on our website. Price: Concessions available for students and seniors with id. Open: Daily from 9.30am until late.

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The Film Archive Cnr Ghuznee & Taranaki St Infoline 499 FILM (499 3456) phone 384 7647 www.filmarchive.org.nz The home of New Zealand’s film and television history. Come and watch your childhood television commercials, newsreels, documentaries, NZ feature films...all available to view for FREE in the Film Archive media library. Open: Film Archive: Monday-Friday 9am–5pm, medialibrary: Monday-Friday noon–5pm. Cinema: Wednesday-Saturday 7pm.

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Helipro Shed 1, Queens Wharf, Wellington www.helipro.co.nz phone 64 4 472 1550, 0800 435 477 wellington@helipro.co.nz Wellington heli tours fly over our capital’s landmarks – The Beehive, Cake Tin and Te Papa. Access more remote regions including Martinborough, the Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura Coast. Combinations include; weekend escapes, wineries and heli lunches. Additional Details: Scenic flights, weekend escapes, heli-lunches. Price: From $95 per person (minimum passenger numbers apply)

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There’s no better way to discover the history and iconic architectural landmarks of Wellington city, and the diversity of breath-taking scenery of the Wellington Region, than by joining a coach tour with Wellington’s original private sightseeing company! Five outstanding tours run daily Wellington City Tour of must-see Wellington attractions. Kapiti Coast Tour (4hrs) for panoramic views of Kapiti Island from the summit of Paekakariki Hill and Southward’s car museum. Cape Palliser Bay, Wine for close encounters with the largest seal colony in the North Island and some Lord of the Rings sites. Martinborough Wine Tour visiting up to 4 top wineries, followed by a delicious gourmet lunch. NEW Kiwi Kapiti Experience (full day) includes refreshment at Ruth Pretty, Rangiatea Historic Church, Kiwi bird at Waikanaes Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary, Southward Car Museum and lunch. Also available for Charters and Transfers.

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Freephone 0800 24 68 77. info@hoponhopoff.co.nz www.hoponhopoff.co.nz. Best Tour In Wellington! Stay on and enjoy the scenic 2-hour loop or HOP ON and HOP OFF as much as you like with your 24-hour ticket. 18 stops including Mt. Victoria Lookout, Weta Cave and Te Papa and so much more! Qualmark endorsed. Visit our website for details of where we stop. Price: Adult $45, child: $20.00 (14 & under). Duration: Our tickets are valid for 24 hours from the moment you board our vehicles.

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Hammonds Wellington Sightseeing Tours PO Box 3382, Wellington, phone 472 0869. info@wellingtonsightseeingtours.com Experience Wellington and surrounds in upmarket coaches with the most experienced and knowledgable drivers. We do smaller tours New Zealand-wide on request. You will not be disappointed. Countless of photo opportunities. Open: Wellington City & Coastline Tour departs 10am & 2pm daily. Duration: 2.5 hours. Price: Adults $55, children $27.50, under 3 free.

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Mud Cycles 421 Karori Road, Wellington phone 476 4961 mudcycles@mudcycles.co.nz www.mudcycles.co.nz Experience Wellington’s best adventure activity! Mountainbiking and bike hire. We also design rides catering for all levels. Options range from easy sightseeing adventures through to advanced technical trails for the thrill seekers! Open: Monday-Friday 8am-6:30pm, Saturday 9-5pm, Sunday 10-5pm Additional Details: Catch the #3 bus to 421 Karori Road.

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Museum Of Wellington City & Sea Queens Wharf (200m from bottom of Cable Car) phone 04 472 8904 www.museumswellington.org.nz Stories of social, cultural and maritime history. Housed in the historic 1892 waterfront Bond Store, explore Wellington’s intriguing history. Highlights include The Wahine Disaster Gallery, with captivating film, and A Millennium Ago, featuring a dramatic installation to tell Maori myths and legends. Price: Free Entry Open: Open every day 10am to 5pm.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Cable Street, Wellington phone 04 381 7000 mail@tepapa.govt.nz www.tepapa.govt.nz Experience an exquisitely carved marae, walk through living native bush, view historical and contemporary artworks, and be shaken in the Earthquake House. Come face to face with a colossal squid, then explore its life through 3D animation. Venture into OurSpace to discover a 14m satellite map or take a thrilling motion simulator ride. Price: Free entry. Charges apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities. Open: Daily from 10am−6pm (late night 9pm Thursday).

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National War Memorial Buckle Street, (200m from the Basin Reserve) phone 04 385 2496 www.nationalwarmemorial.govt.nz The magnificent National War Memorial with its Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is a must-see on any visit to the capital. The unique 50 metre Carillon tower is visible throughout much of the city. A beautiful place for personal pilgrimage. Admission: Free Open: Mon to Sat 10:30am–4:30pm, Sun 12pm–4:30pm.

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The ultimate eco-sanctuary experience SANCTUARY VALLEY Our stunning Sanctuary Valley is home to some of the rarest, most remarkable wildlife on the planet. And it’s the only place on mainland New Zealand where you will see our ‘living dinosaur’ the tuatara in the wild!

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THE EXHIBITION State-of-the-art multimedia exhibits allow you to step back in time to the day before humans arrived. Witness our effect on a paradise that had evolved in isolation for 80 million years and learn what we’re doing to put things right.

ZEALANDIA BY NIGHT This 2.5 hour tour by torchlight is a must for anyone who wants to see kiwi in the wild – we have at least 100 so the chances are pretty good! Often the glow worms are so bright you won’t need a torch! Booking is essential.

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End of Waiapu Rd, Karori. Ph 04 920 9200

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VISIT WELLINGTON AND USE THE CABLE CAR Ride the historic Cable Car from the heart of Lambton Quay to Kelburn where you can enjoy stunning views of the harbour, city and the surrounding hills. Once at the top terminal, spend time at the lookouts and the nearby area – visit the Cable Car Museum, Carter Observatory

(admission fee), Krupp Gun and the beautiful Botanic Garden with its picnic areas and great playground for children. Return on the Cable Car or take the shuttle/walk to Zealandia or one of the downhill walks through the Botanic Garden via Parliament grounds and the Beehive back to Lambton Quay.

For bookings phone (04) 472 2199 www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz New Zealand Portrait Gallery Shed 11, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington Waterfront phone 04 472 2298 www.nzportraitgallery.org.nz The Gallery is a visual archive of the faces of New Zealand from famous individuals to the everyday. Through dynamic exhibitions the Gallery records our changing social environment, illuminating our past, present and giving glimpses of our future. Price: Free admission. Open: Daily 10.30am-4.30pm.

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Old St Paul’s 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon phone 473 6722 oldstpauls@historic.org.nz www.oldstpauls.co.nz Constructed entirely of native timber in 1866, it is a unique example of Colonial Gothic architecture. With stunning wooden arches and magnificent stained glass windows, it is a treasured venue for weddings, funerals, concerts and many other events. Open: 7 days, 9.30am–5pm. Closed Christmas Day, and for special ceremonies. Guided Tours – Exhibition – Gift Shop.

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Parliament Tours phone 04 817 9503 fax 04 817 6743 tour.desk@parliament.govt.nz www.parliament.nz Free, daily, one-hour guided tours of Parliament begin on the hour at the Visitor Centre in the foyer of the Beehive (Executive Wing). Take a tour with one of our guides to visit key parts of Parliament’s buildings and learn about our parliamentary processes. Tour route/times subject to change Open: Tour duration is 1 hour. Weekdays 10am–4pm. Saturdays and most public holidays 10am–3pm. Sundays 11am–3pm.

Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures Cnr Norrie & Parumoana St, Porirua City, Wellington phone 04 237 1511 www.pataka.org.nz Pataka’s gallery and museum of art and cultures has five main galleries with over 14 major exhibitions annually, showcasing an extensive range of contemporary Maori, Pacific Island, New Zealand and international art and culture. Enjoy a coffee at the café while relaxing beside our Japanese garden. Price: Free entry to galleries Open: Monday to Saturday 10am–4:30pm. Sunday 11am–4:30pm.

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& TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR The iconic 50 metre National War Memorial and its Tomb of the Unknown Warrior are a must-see on any visit to the capital. Visitors may experience a commemorative service, view displays and exhibitions of NZ military commitment and sacrifice, and hear a recital on the 74 bells of the world’s third largest carillon. A beautiful place for personal pilgrimage. Open Mon to Sat 10:30am to 4:30pm, Sunday 12pm to 4:30pm. Admission and parking are free of charge.

Buckle Street (200m from the Basin Reserve) tel: (04) 385 2496 email: nwm@mch.govt.nz  www.nationalwarmemorial.govt.nz

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The Esplanade, Petone (end of Buick St) phone 04 568 8373 settlers@huttcity.govt.nz www.petonesettlers.org.nz Celebrate the history of the local area with this contemporary visitor experience and exhibition Tatou Tatou. The museum is situated in one of New Zealand’s most significant memorial buildings, the Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial. Price: Free Open: Wed–Sun 10am–4pm.

Positively Wellington Venues  111 Wakefield Street, Wellington phone 04 801 4231 info@pwv.co.nz www.pwv.co.nz Exceptional performance venues located in the heart of Wellington’s culture and entertainment precinct. For a superb variety of shows and events, check out our website to find out what’s entertaining Wellington today! Venues: St James Theatre, TSB Bank Arena, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Town Hall, Opera House, Shed 6 and the Academy Galleries.

The Reserve Bank Museum  2 The Terrace phone 471 3682 museum@rbnz.govt.nz www.rbnzmuseum.govt.nz The Museum celebrates and records the economic and banking history of New Zealand. Exhibits include the MONIAC hydraulic computer,iInvented in the late 1940s by talented New Zealand-born economist Bill Phillips, notes and coins, timelines, artefacts, audio-visual and interactive displays. Price: Free. Open: 9.30am-4pm weekdays, closed weekends, public holidays and for special events.

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Seal Coast Safari Freephone 0800 73 25 27. safari@sealcoast.com www.sealcoast.com Have you ever had a muffin with a seal? Well, you can on Seal Coast Safari! Let the fabulous views take your breath away as we climb over hills and farmland. We then drop down to the sea and 4WD on the beaches of Wellington’s rugged South Coast to the famous Leaning Lighthouse and its seals. Price: from $115 per person Departures: 10am & 1.30pm. Additional Details: Seals guaranteed all year! Qualmark endorsed.

Stagecraft Gryphon on Ghuznee, 22 Ghuznee Street phone 04 385 0532 www.stagecraft.co.nz Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austens’ “Pride and Prejudice” with this lively new adaptation. Set amongst the country gentry are the much loved characters of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Darcy, Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr Collins. There’ll be balls, soirees and of course dashing young men – all in want of a wife. Additional details: Season runs 26 June-13 July 2013. Book online at www.stagecraft.co.nz

Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Café 2362 Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt phone 04 526 7529 wildlife@staglands.co.nz www.staglands.co.nz Located in the beautiful Akatarawa Valley and offers a unique experience for visitors to feed and freely interact with wildlife. Wander through our forest wetlands, feed the trout and eels, greet the deer and have a ride on the old bush railway. Our magical secret garden is full of cute and cuddy creatures. Additional Details: Open daily 9.30am–5pm. Visit our website for more details. Price: Adults $20, Snrs $17, Child $8, three and under free.

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The New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata

Captures stories of New Zealanders through portraiture. Shed 11, Queen’s Wharf Wellington Waterfront Ph 04 472 2298 www.nzportraitgallery.org.nz Open Daily 10.30am - 4.30pm Free Admission

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www.walkwellington.org.nz walkwellington@xtra.co.nz A two hour guided walk through the central city learning about the history and culture of the capital city from local residents. Visit important historic sights including the Old Government Buildings, Waterfront, Archives and Old St Paul’s. Additional Details: Walks daily departing from the i-Site visitor centre at 10am. Duration: 2 hours. We walk rain or shine

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Wellington Cable Car 280 Lambton Quay phone 04 472 2199 fax 04 472 2200 www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz A great introduction to Wellington for visitors. The cars run from the heart of Lambton Quay, under the corporate towers of The Terrace, past Kelburn Park and Victoria University to the top of the Botanic Garden at Kelburn. Stunning views from the lookout of the city’s CBD and across the harbour to Hutt Valley & Eastbourne. Open: 7 days a week. Runs every 10 minutes.

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Wellington Cathedral of St Paul Cnr Hill & Molesworth Streets, Thorndon phone 04 472 0286 www.wellingtoncathedral.org.nz An awesome space in the capital precinct, the Cathedral is the flagship of the Anglican Church in the city, a place of worship, hospitality and education. Feel the size, discover the Lady Chapel, be awed by the choir, take time to pray and light a candle. Visitors welcome at all services. Open: Daily 10am–4pm. Sunday 8am, 10am, 5pm; Weekdays: 12.15pm; Thursday 5.30pm Choral Evensong (term-time).

Wellington Movie Tours phone 027 419 3077 www.movietours.co.nz See the sights of Wellington as we show you where many famous Lord of the Rings scenes were shot. Our exclusive onlocation movie clips, behind-the-scenes stories and props will add realism to your pictures. Half and full-day tours are offered and we visit the Weta Cave with an optional ‘Window into Workshop’ tour (cost extra) Additional Details: Visit our website to see details of our latest hot deal.

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Wellington Rover Tours  Phone 021 426 211. www.wellingtonrover.co.nz Departs City Hotels and Info Centre, Wakefield Street. The Lord Of The Rings Tour specialists in Wellington. Visit the Outer Shire, Rivendell, Isengard, River Anduin, Helms Deep and Minas Tirith. Our Full Day Rings Tour includes lunch, we visit the Wellywood Suburbs, Dunharrow, the Village Bree and a chance to explore the Weta Cave. Additional Details: Full and Half Day Rings tours include a souvenir map and happy hobbit-like storytelling guide.

Wellington Underground Market Under Frank Kitts Park, Wellington Waterfront www.undergroundmarket.co.nz Unearth a little treasure at Wellington’s weekly designer market. Under cover on the waterfront. Showcasing the best of Wellington’s emerging creative talent including homeware, fashion, jewellery, delicious food and live music. Take home your own piece of the Creative Capital. Open: Every Saturday 10am–4pm

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Wellington’s premiere theatre venue on the waterfront, producing world-class theatre in a relaxed environment to thrilled audiences for 37 years. 15–29 June CIRCA ONe

tu Written and directed by hone kouka Inspired by patricia grace’s novel Presented by tawata productions

A majestic story of love, redemption, whanau and brotherhood. Weaving together text and image, Tu is an epic tale set against 1940s Wellington, the battlefields of Monte Cassino and post-war Te Tairawhiti. “… my favourite, strongly performed and imaginatively staged …” — Sir Ian McKellen

6 July – 3 August CIRCA ONe

C – a musiCal Book and lyrics by paul Jenden Music by gareth Farr directed by paul Jenden

Lead by the irrepressible Jackie Clarke, five incredible artists star in this brand new show. Jenden’s ongoing treatment for cancer becomes the stepping off point for a show that celebrates the human spirit and the triumph of laughter over fear. “…a kind of dante’s Inferno but with song and dance!”

13 July – 10 August CIRCA TWO

reD By John logan directed and designed by andrew Foster

John Bach plays Mark Rothko in a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. It’s 1958 and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art. But will the struggle to accept his growing riches and praise become his ultimate undoing? “An electrifying new play” – daily Mail

right next to te papa (1 taranaki st) BOOKINGS 04 801 7992 WWW.CIRCA.CO.NZ ShOWS TueSdAy–SuNdAy encore Bar and restaurant – an exceptional waterfront location and a fresh approach to theatre dining. Come and enjoy a pre-show dinner, dessert or after-show cocktail. Please phone 801-7996 to book your table.

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New Zealand‘s stories and treasures Te Papa is New Zealand’s innovative and interactive national museum located on Wellington’s beautiful waterfront. ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’, literally means ‘container of treasures’. Discover the treasures and stories from New Zealand’s unique natural enviroment, Maori culture, dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history.

Experience an exquisitely carved marae, walk through living native bush,

view historical and contemporary artworks, and be shaken in the Earthquake House. Come face to face with a colossal squid, then explore its life through 3D animation. Venture into OurSpace to discover a 14m satellite map, put yourself on the interactive wall, or take a thrilling motion simulator ride.

Take an informative one-hour guided tour of Te Papa (adults $14, children $7). Enjoy a full range of services and facilities to make your visit comfortable from friendly hosts, cafés, shops to convenient parking. Te Papa is open daily. Free general admission. Cable St, Ph 381 7000. www.tepapa.govt.nz

Warhol: Immortal Andy Warhol immortalised everyone from beatniks to celebrities. He made the commercial artistic, and the everyday iconic. Discover portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Prince, and more, demonstrating Warhol’s mastery of media from silk screens and drawings to Polaroids and film.

1. Karakia 1977, Walters, Gorden (1919-1995), Christchurch. Purchased 1978 with Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand Funds. Te Papa. 2. ‘Krenit’ bowls, 1953-66, Denmark. Torben Orskov & Co A/S, Krenchel. Herbert. Walter C Cook Decorative Arts Collection, Gift of Walter Cook, 1992. Te Papa.

1 June–25 August 2013, Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 4. Admission charges apply.

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_ Nga Toi | Arts Te Papa is a new, dynamic programme of art from the national collection and beyond. Discover historic works and the latest acquisitions, or get creative in the art studio. On now. Level 5. Free entry.

Deep NZ: Our underwater wilderness Discover the weird and

wonderful animals that have adapted to one of the world’s most extreme environments – the deep sea.

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Experience the treasures and stories of New Zealand – our land, people, culture, art and history at Te Papa, our extraordinary and interactive national museum. Open every day 10am–6pm, and until 9pm Thursdays. FREE ENTRY.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 55 Cable Street, Wellington Phone: 04 381 7000 www.tepapa.govt.nz

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Cnr of Camperdown Road & Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington phone 04 380 9361 www.wetaNZ.com Step inside the walls of WETA, the multi Academy Award winning company whose artists and craftsmen helped bring The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, District 9, King King and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to life. Featuring an exclusive behind-the-scenes film and a mini museum. Additional Details: Free entry. Open 7 days a week, 9am–5.30pm. Closed New Years Day, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Zealandia: The Exhibition End of Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington phone 04 920 9200 www.visitzealandia.com Learn about New Zealand’s remarkable natural history at this state of the art indoor attraction. Designed by world renowned model and film makers see 1,000 years of environmental destruction and hear inspiring stories about what’s being done today to save New Zealand’s most precious native species. Open: 10am–5pm every day except Christmas day. For more information visit www.visitzealandia.com

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A unique view of New Zealand since 1861, providing insights into the way our country has evolved both socially and financially.

Explore New Zealand’s banking and economic heritage Free entry Open 9.30am–4.00pm weekdays 2 The Terrace, Wellington ph 04-471-3682 email: museum@rbnz.govt.nz www.rbnzmuseum.govt.nz

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Other tours available: • Kapiti Gold Coast • Palliser Bay with some Lord Of The Rings sites. • Martinborough wine tour. Must be booked direct or through any participating visitor info centre. Cash sales only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Phone 472 0869 www.WellingtonSightseeingTours.com EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Guided tours are held on Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays except Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Bookings recommended as tour numbers are limited. To book or for further info phone: Phone 06 377 1600 www.stonehenge-aotearoa.com EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

Present this voucher and receive 50% discount off 2nd main meal ordered. Valid Mon - Sat. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Not redeemable for cash or transferable. Bookings required. Bistro 169, Abel Tasman Hotel 169 Willis Street, Wellington Phone 04 385 1300 www.abeltasmanhotel.co.nz EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

Experience Zealandia’s state-of-the-art exhibition and join the search for little spotted kiwi in this award-winning safe haven. Bookings are essential. Minimum age 12. Cannot be used with any other offer. Waiapu Road, Wgtn Phone bookings 04 920 9200 www.visitzealandia.com EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

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Valid when a main dish is ordered, ONE voucher per table. Not to be used in conjunction with another offer. Not redeemable for cash.

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15 Blair Street, Wellington Phone 04 801 6615 www.fratelli.net.nz EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

Shed 1, Queens Wharf, Wellington Phone 0800 435 477 or 64 4 472 1550 www.helipro.co.nz EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

Present this voucher to receive one free coffee at The New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington’s most eclectic cinema. Valid when purchasing a cinema ticket to any evening screening, Wednesday-Saturday. One coffee per voucher.

Present this voucher to receive 10% off the Bungy, Giant Swing or Flying Fox. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not redeemable for cash.

Cnr Ghuznee and Taranaki St, Wellington Phone 384 7647 www.filmarchive.org.nz EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

332 Mokai Road, Taihape Phone 06 388 9109 www.gravitycanyon.co.nz EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

Present this voucher and receive free Vegetable Rice Paper Rolls with any other purchase. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not redeemable for cash.

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45 Tory St, Phone 382 8585 11 Woodward St, Phone 472 8585 www.chow.co.nz EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

45 Tory St, Phone 382 8585 11 Woodward St, Phone 472 8585 www.chow.co.nz EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

Present this voucher and receive a free spring roll when you order 2 mains. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Not redeemable for cash.

Present this voucher and receive a 10% discount at Native NZ. Our store stocks sheepskin, possum and merino knitwear, rimu woodwork and craft, paua and greenstone jewellery.

Phuthai Lanna Restaurant Cnr Tory & Vivian St, Wellington Phone 801 7771 www.phuthaiesarn.co.nz EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

267 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington Phone 385 2238 nativenz.g@gmail.com EXPIRES 31 AUG 2013

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Roll out the red carpet: go behind the scenes of Wellington’s famous movie industry. It all started with Peter Jackson’s Oscar sweeping trilogy, Lord of the Rings – now you can see the world famous locations for yourself. With Wellington Movie Tours, you’ll see the film clips as you stand on the very spot they were filmed. Wellington Rover Tours lets you follow in the footsteps of hobbits, dwarves and elves, and Flat Earth also visits Middle Earth film locations including Rivendell. All tours will share behind-thescenes stories and take you to the Weta Cave. The Weta Cave, on Miramar’s Camperdown Road, showcases movie memorabilia, collectibles and clothing, and changing exhibitions of movies Weta Workshop has helped create.

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In Petone, you can visit Experience Stansborough and try on an authentic Elven cloak or Narnia cape at the Mill where they were made. In the end, it’s all about going to the movies, so head to Wellington’s beautifully restored Embassy Theatre, world premiere theatre for Lord of the Rings.


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Wellington is said to have about as many eateries per capita as New York City. There’s certainly a tempting array of dining options from stylish sushi and Japanese whisky bars to bistros and cheap and cheerful pub grub. Wellington does food well, and one of its most acclaimed eateries is The White House Restaurant on Oriental Parade. For a stunning view as you dine, try the al fresco seafood restaurants at Queens Wharf and Oriental Parade, or the former tug boat, now a floating restaurant. Vibrant Courtenay Place has a huge range of ethnic eateries from Turkish, Thai and Greek to Indian and Italian, that sit side-by-side with some of the city’s nightlife hubs. If you’ve booked in for a theatre show, make an evening of it and book in for pre-show dinner and drinks at an eating establishment nearby. Cosmopolitan Cuba Street has every delicious treat from vegetarian eateries, small food-courts, upmarket bistros, open-til-early cafés, cosy tapas bars and decadent patisseries and chocolatiers. Treat yourself to a sophisticated dining experience in historic Thorndon, or head to Lyall Bay and watch the surf roll in as you enjoy fresh salads and delicatessen goods.

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In the Hutt Valley, you’ll find beachside dining at Days Bay and Eastbourne, ethnic options along Petone’s historic Jackson Street, and plenty of stylish cafés in Upper Hutt.

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169 Willis Street, Wellington phone 04 385 1300 www.bistro169.co.nz Bistro 169 – located on the corner of Willis and Dixon Streets. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and great value dining. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – also caters for private functions and weddings. See voucher on page 43 for our 50% off any dessert with any main meal purchased offer. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm, Sunday 7am-11am.

Chow 45 Tory Street, phone 04 382 8585 www.chow.co.nz 11 Woodward Street, phone 04 472 8585 Fresh Asian cuisine in a relaxed modern environment. Vegan and vegetarian firendly with dairy and gluten free options. Chow offers dishes with clean, crisp & fresh flavours combined with the best ingredients & skill to create a unique dining experience. Opening hours: Chow Tory St: Noon–midnight, Woodward St, Noon–late.

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Dockside Shed 3, Queens Wharf, 2-6 Jervois Quay, Wellington phone 04 499 9900 www.dockside.co.nz The Dockside Restaurant and Bar is situated in the heart of Queens Wharf, and is one of Wellington’s most diverse venues with the ability to cater to every need. Housed in a historic waterfront shed there are stunning views from all four sides and a maritime theme throughout the restaurant. Opening hours: 7 days, lunch noon–3pm, dinner 6pm till late.

Fishermans Table Restaurants Paekakariki: 1.2km South of township ph 04 2928 125 Oriental Bay: Oriental Parade, Wellington ph 04 801 7900 Relaxed and affordable dining overlooking the Kapiti Coastline or superb waterfront views from Oriental Parade. Fresh fish, steak and café style meals priced from $15.95 including “all you can eat” from the salad boat. Outside dining subject to weather, last orders 9pm. Opening hours: All day dining, licensed bar & coffee from 11.30am

Fratelli 15 Blair St, Wellington phone 04 801 6615 www.fratelli.net.nz At Fratelli the concept is fresh Italian. It takes bits of the old traditional Italian cooking styles and assembles them with new modern ideas, with a menu that changes seasonally ensuring only the freshest ingredients are used. Fratelli specialises in 100% homemade pasta, gnocchi, risotto, and pizza from the wood fired oven. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 5.30pm onwards.

The Flying Burrito Brothers Cantina and Tequileria phone 385 8811 Corner Vivian and Cuba streets, Wellington Tasty Tequila, Flying Burritos, Chocolate Chasing Maidens, Winged Horses and Smoking Guns…Sum up the fun around what we are really about! Explore the sharp, refreshing tastes in Mexican dining and if you’ve never experienced a ‘flight’ Tequila tasting session, then amigo, you must! Opening hours: 7 days from 5pm.

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Portofino Restaurant is a family owned and operated restaurant for over 32 years, that offers a fresh authentic taste of Italy. Since 1980 we have been committed to excellence in food service. Great choice of seafood, steak, pasta and pizza. Private room available for functions, weddings and groups. Sit back and enjoy the busy harbour views...situated in the heart of Queens Wharf. Open 7 days 11 – till late Lunches under $20

33 Custom House Quay Ph 499 5060www.portofino.co.nz

We present classic Thai and northern Lanna style dishes served in a traditional setting. Using the freshest local produce our chefs create exotic flavours combined with spicy and delicious scent. Cholesterol free canola oil – NO MSG – plenty of vegetarian options. Retreat into a unique dining experience in the heart of Wellington.

A true Thailand experience 2011 & 2012 Best Thai Restaurant in Wellington Award – CapTimes Readers' Survey

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Cnr Willis & Boulcott Street, Wellington phone 04 499 6001 www.thegp.co.nz Acclaimed Wellington gastropub, The General Practitioner, offers the best in NZ craft beer and wild food. The GP is an ideal spot for meals, private functions, after-work socialising, pre-theatre dining and a quick pint or a bite from our award winning menu. Opening hours: from 11am daily.

Monsoon Poon 12 Blair Street (off Courtenay Pl), Wellington phone 04 803 3555 www.monsoonpoon.co.nz Cuisine: Southeast Asian. Mains $19. A “marvelously appointed temple of delicious Southeast Asian food”. Expect “packed and buzzy in the evening” with “funky cocktails” and “a surprisingly good wine list”. Want Eatertainment? “Watch chefs in action in the open kitchen” No reservations. Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri 11–midnight Sat 5pm till late

Osteria Del Toro Cnr 60 Tory St & Holland St (off Courtenay Pl), Wellington phone 04 381 2299 www.osteriadeltoro.co.nz Mediterranean that’s full of flavour with stunning and award winning décor yet casually priced. Serving top of the line thin crust pizza, the best paella in town and Greek Saganaki cheese flamed with Ouzo at your table, we know you’ll love it! The sangria is addictive ... “bellissimo!” Opening hours: Daily 9am till late.

Phuthai Esarn Restaurant 35 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington Central phone 04 801 5006 Esarn is the name of the Northeastern region of Thailand. We serve authentic Northeastern Thai cuisine using the freshest local produce, herbs, spices and exotic flavours. We use cholesterol-free canola oil and no MSG. Plenty of vegetarian options. The atmosphere is so unique you’ll forget you’re in New Zealand. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm–2.30pm, 5pm–late, Sat-Sun 5pm–late.

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Portofino Restaurant 33 Custom House Quay, Wellington phone 499 5060 www.portofino.co.nz A family owned and operated restaurant for over 32 years, that offers a fresh authentic taste of Italy. Since 1980 we have been committed to excellence in food service.Great choice of seafood, steak, pasta and pizza. Private room available for functions, weddings and groups. Sit back and enjoy the busy harbour views ... situated in the heart of Queens Wharf. Opening hours: Open 7 days 11 – till late. Lunches under $20.

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Thai Chef’s Restaurant 1 Blair Street, Wellington phone 04 385 4535 www.thaichef.co.nz Join us at Thai Chef’s Restaurant for a refined dining experience in the Royal Thai Cuisine style. In 2013 we have received the Thai Select Label Premium Award (5 star) from the Royal Thai Government in recognition of the quality and authenticity of our cuisine. Dine in or takeaways available. Opening hours: Lunch Tuesday to Friday, dinner 7 nights from 5.30pm.

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2 Courtenay Place, Wellington phone 04 384 1159 www.thetastingroom.co.nz Renowned Wellington gastropub featuring NZ game and wildfoods paired with eclectic wine and beer matches. Extensive range of craft beers. Great outdoor seating area. No surcharge on public holidays. Visit us on Facebook to catch our latest Tasting Room events and special deals. Opening hours: From 11am for lunch & dinner, Sat & Sun 10am for brunch

The White House 232 Oriental Parade, Wellington phone 04 385 8555 email info@whr.co.nz www.whr.co.nz Specialising in local seafood, prime meat and game offering A La Carte, Degustation and Express Bistro lunch menus. Finalist Cuisine New Zealand Restaurant of the Year 2011 and 2012. Silver Medallist DineOut People’s Choice Awards 2012. Fodor’s Choice 2010 say “One of the world’s top establishments.”

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Opening hours: 7 days, 10am–5pm

The Jimmy Café & Bar St James Theatre, 77–87 Courtenay Place pwv.co.nz We believe that seriously good food is an essential ingredient to experiencing Wellington. Soak up the theatre atmosphere whilst enjoying a superb coffee and delicious lunch; or be there as the drama unfolds for pre-show dinner and drinks.

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The great thing about Wellington shopping is that everything – from designer boutiques to malls and markets – is so centrally located. Wellington’s compact downtown area makes it easy for shoppers to get around. Serious shoppers should check out The Golden Mile – the local name for Lambton Quay. This elegant inner city quarter has several small shopping centres and a wide range of boutique stores. Visit the Wellington institution, Kirkcaldie & Stains then explore the specialty shops and cafés of the Old Bank Arcade. Willis and Courtenay Streets have a good range of boutique, gift and souvenir shops, or head to Cuba Street, famed for its retro chic, markets and galleries. Just a 15-minute drive from Wellington, Hutt Valley has a great range of shopping experiences, from the galleries and specialty stores on Petone’s Jackson, to the mega-malls of Lower Hutt and Porirua, and factory outlet shopping at Tawa. For Wellingtonians, the weekends mean markets. The Hill Street Farmers’ Market in Thorndon is held every Saturday morning, rain or shine. If you’re visiting Te Papa on a Sunday morning, you’ll come across the Harbourside Market where local artisans and purveyors of coffee, cheeses, olives, condiments, deli meats, fresh fish, locally grown fruit and vegetables, organic produce and delicious hot foods.

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Bears With Attitude 119 Featherston Street, Wellington City. www.bearswithattitude.com

Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am–5.30pm, Sat 10am–4pm.

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Craftwood Souvenirs Cnr Laings Road & High Street, Lower Hutt, phone 569 2756. craftwood@woosh.co.nz www.craftwoodsouvenirs.co.nz Traditional and modern souvenirs and gifts including greenstone, bone carvings, paua jewellery, possum/merino knitwear, sheepskin boots and slippers, wood products, T-shirts, cosmetics, toys and much more. Super Goldcard Business Partner. Open: 7 days.

Dress-Smart Factory Outlet Shopping Centre 24 Main Road, Tawa phone 232 0226 Offers genuine savings on popular national and international names in fashion, footwear, sportswear, accessories, music and childrenswear. At Dress-Smart you’ll find 36 separate stores as well as a BB’s café and Chipmunks adventure playground on site. Close to the Takapu Road train station, Paraparaumu line. Plenty of free parking available. Open: 7 days 10am–5pm

Kirkcaldie & Stains 165-177 Lambton Quay, Wellington, phone 472 5899 www.kirkcaldies.co.nz When in Wellington a visit to New Zealand’s premier department store is essential. You’ll find both local and imported merchandise. Ask about the Travel Price offer available to international travellers. A number of languages are spoken by Kirkcaldie & Stains staff members. Please ask at Reception on the ground floor should you require assistance.

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Old Bank Arcade 233-237 Lambton Quay, Wellington phone 04 922 0600 fax 0064 4 922 0602 www.oldbank.co.nz A beautiful heritage building, once an Old Bank, and now housing some of Wellington’s premier fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores. Drop in for a coffee at one of our cafés and enjoy the ambience and history of this stunning building, or come in and shop at our designer stores, for fashion and luxury treats. Open: Mon–Thu 9am–6pm, Fri 9am–7pm, Sat 10am–4pm, Sun 11am–3pm

Sheepskin Warehouse 312 Evans Bay Parade, Greta Point phone 386 3376. fax 386 3379 sheepskinwarehouse@xtra.co.nz Sheepskin Warehouse Stocks New Zealand’s largest range of best quality sheep, lambskin and possum products, wild animal and fur skins. We pack and post worldwide. Local tax (GST) is deductable.

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Simply New Zealand 1-13 Grey Street, Wellington, phone 472 6817 wellington@simplynz.co.nz www.simplynewzealand.co.nz Wellington’s leading tourist shop. Specialising in New Zealand souvenirs, jewellery and gifts. Fashion, handcrafted knitwear, sheepskin rugs and woollen goods plus many more for that special reminder of your trip. Visit our other two locations: Wellington Visitors Centre, 101 Wakefield Street phone 802 4422 Shop 3, Coastlands Shopping Centre, Paraparaumu. Open: 7 days, 9.30am-5.30pm.

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Souvenir Factory Shop 32 Tauhinu Rd, Miramar phone 04 388 1391 www.souvenirfactoryshop.co.nz More than just a factory shop! This unique shop offers a large range of specials at half price plus everyday lower prices on all other quality New Zealand gifts.

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Look great on the outside and feel well within; Wellington has plenty of health-providers, beauty salons and spas where you can be thoroughly pampered for an hour or two. If you’ve booked in for a night at the ballet or theatre, consider getting your nails done or your hair styled at a salon – it’s always nice to add a little polish to such an evening. Wellington has many barber shops around the central city, for a quick trim and groom. When the weather closes in, or you stress levels are up, there is nothing quite like a sauna to clear your head, warm your body and soothe frayed nerves. For a head-to-toe experience of indulgence, head to a day spa, lie back and relax and enjoy an aromatic full body polish or a luxurious body wrap, or the ultimate indulgence – a chocolate massage. Professional beauty therapists will take care of you with a spirit of generosity and extraordinary skill and you’ll emerge with your body glowing and a renewed feeling of inner peace.

Osteopathic Clinic  Ground floor, 99 The Terrace, Wellington. phone: 04 471 1302 www.osteopathic.co.nz Your practictioners Lawrence Cartmell and Scott Pender offer treatment that empowers patients through education and movement (exercise). Our clinic offers a number of osteopathic specialisations and treatments, including: structural osteopathy, functional stabilisation, sports rehab, posture correction, gym facilities, workplace assessments. Open: Mon–Fri 8.30am–5.30pm.

Tory Urban Retreat 80 Tory Street, Wellington phone: 04 384 4329 www.toryurbanretreat.co.nz Tory Urban Retreat has the warmest welcome in Wellington. Our Finnish Sauna will help you relax, improve your overall health and generally help to promote your wellbeing. Our Finnish Sauna is complemented by an icy-cold needle shower and a large plunge pool for the perfect sauna experience. Open: Mon men only; Tues women only; Wed-Sat Men and Women


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From luxury hotels, easy and tidy motels and apartments to friendly backpacker hostels; from bright lights central city to B&B rooms with a view, or conference facilities close to the CBD, Wellington has room for you. Look for the Qualmark star rating system to ascertain how an accommodation property has been independently rated. The Qualmark star system rates various categories of accommodation in New Zealand and is a reliable indication of the standard of facilities. You can also ask to see the room – inspection should be welcome. Hotels generally offer tea/coffee making facilities, a bathroom and an onsite restaurant and bar. Motel units and apartments are ideal for travellers who prefer to do their own cooking, and usually offer self-contained kitchens. If you’re on a fixed budget, try some of the backpacker or youth hostel accommodation with communal facilities. Many offer extra facilities such as swimming pools, bars and internet connection. Holiday parks are another good alternative, providing cabins or camping in a more peaceful rural setting, or opt for a taste of luxury at a seaside guesthouse or B&B. For a few more of life’s luxuries, there are plenty of hotels, motels and selfcontained apartments. To find out more, visit jasons.co.nz/wellington/ accommodation.

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Accommodation Hotel St George 124 Willis Street,
Wellington phone 04 470 7777 www.hotelstgeorge.co.nz We have it all. Central City Accommodation ideal for backpackers and students on a budget. Common area includes: kitchen, lounge, dining area, pool table and Sky TV. It’s all at our doorstep: universities, transport, shops, restaurants and nightlife. Tariff: Long-term from $180-$350 per week For more information visit www.hotelstgeorge.co.nz.

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Richmond Guest House 116 Brougham Street, Wellington phone 04 939 4567 www.richmondguesthouse.co.nz Your home away from home. 10-minute walk to Te Papa Museum. 5-minute walk to the city, theatres, restaurants etc. On shuttle route from airport, rail, bus terminal and ferry. Scenic tour buses call at front door. Free internet access including wireless internet. Tariff: Single ensuite $79, Double and twin ensuite $99. Triple ensuite available. All prices include breakfast.

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Wellington has a full range of transport options from rental cars and campervans to ferries, buses and trains servicing the city’s outlying areas. Airport Information Refer pages 78–79 for details.

Buses GO Wellington provides bus services throughout the Wellington City area. Valley Flyer buses connect Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata, Eastbourne, Stokes Valley and Wellington. For timetables and information about bus and train services in the greater Wellington region contact Metlink 0800 801 700 or visit www.metlink.org.nz

Ferry Services Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

Bluebridge Cook Strait car and passenger ferry sails twice a day (up to four times a day from December) between Wellington and Picton. The Bluebridge Wellington terminal is located close to the city centre, across the road from Wellington Railway Station, phone 0800 844 844 or see www.bluebridge.co.nz for timetable details and bookings. Interislander

The Interislander ferries carry cars and passengers between Wellington and Picton up to five times daily. A shuttle service, costing $2, runs between the Interislander Terminal and Wellington Railway Station. Call freephone 0800 802 802 or visit www.interislander.co.nz for timetable details and bookings. Dominion Post Ferry

The Dominion Post Ferry makes regular trips from Queens Wharf to Matiu/Somes Island Scientific Reserve and the seaside suburbs of Eastbourne, Days Bay and Petone, phone 494 3339 or 499 1282.

Taxis Corporate Cabs Green Cabs Hutt & City Taxis Wellington Combined Taxis

Phone 387 4600 Phone 0508 447 336 Phone 570 0057 Phone 384 4444

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Very competitive set fares Charter service and group transfers to other destinations Individual door to door service

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Tours - distance is no barrier with tours, sightseeing and any long distance travel All services must be pre-booked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Wellington Phone 04 973 0021

www.visionshuttles.co.nz To operate from the airport every taxi driver must have an ‘area knowledge certificate’ and a special licence, so there should be no destination in the Greater Wellington Region they cannot find.

Trains The main Wellington railway station is on the corner of Bunny Street and Thorndon Quay. Wellington’s suburban train network, Tranz Metro (ph 498 3000, www.tranzmetro.co.nz) connects the central city with Johnsonville, Melling (Lower Hutt), Waikanae, Upper Hutt, Masterton and points between. Phone Metlink 0800 801 700, www.metlink.org.nz Metlink Explorer Ticket A Metlink Explorer Ticket ($21) is valid for a day’s bus and train travel to anywhere within the Wellington region (excluding Wairarapa). It can be bought on any train or bus after 9am.

Wellington Cable Car Wellington’s historic cable car runs between Lambton Quay and the Wellington Botanic Gardens – a climb of 610m. It’s a good way to get your bearings and the views from the top are stunning, phone 472 2199.

Vehicle Rentals For those who want to explore further afield, there are several companies offering a comprehensive selection of fully-equipped mobile homes and cars at conveniently located city depots. Rental vehicles are also available from depots at the airport and some outer suburbs.

AP Vision Transport phone 04 973 0021 www.visionshuttles.co.nz This is a small company that is committed to you the public and we will do all that is possible for you to enjoy your travel whatever the distance or the time. Passenger transfers to and from airport, door to door service. Charter service and group transfers to other destinations. All services must be pre-booked. Open: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information visit www.visionshuttles.co.nz.

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Wellington’s Waterfront Wellington’s waterfront is a microcosm of the city at large – a busy and vibrant place packed with heritage buildings, cultural activities, parks, sculpture, bars and restaurants. Visitors can stroll around Oriental Parade, past live entertainment, or through the writer’s walk, which celebrates 11 literary icons with strong connections to Wellington, including Katherine Mansfield, and James K Baxter. The more adventurous can rent kayaks or go rock climbing; others can simply sit back with a meal or a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Miramar and Weta Cave Weta, the Academy Award-winning company that brought Lord of the Rings, Avatar and District 9 to life, has opened its doors to the public with the Weta Cave. Anyone who loves the intricacies of costume creation and special effects, from great homegrown films to Hollywood blockbusters, will love exploring The Weta Cave, on the corner of Weta Workshop in the suburb of Miramar. Miramar is home to some of Wellington’s best gastronomic experiences. Slow down and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Café Polo, stroll up the road to The Larder for the best of local produce for lunch, and enjoy barbequed whitebait fritters at the Chocolate Fish in Shelley Bay while you soak up the last of the sun.

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Stonehenge Aotearoa phone 06 377 1600 www.stonehenge-aotearoa.com Situated in the serene environment of rural Wairarapa, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window onto the past where the visitor can rediscover the ancient knowledge of their ancestors. Bookings recommended for guided tours. Price: Entrance fee $6 or $16 for a guided tour. Children half price. Open: Weekends and public holidays.

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Mokai Gravity Canyon 332 Mokai Road, Taihape phone 06 388 9109 www.gravitycanyon.co.nz Gravity Canyon is New Zealand’s biggest Adventure playground, located alongside the Rangitikei River deep within the Mokai Canyon. You can face your fears by Bungy jumping 80m off NZ’s Highest Bridge Bungy, freefall 50m into the Mokai Canyon on the Giant Swing or ride the 1.1km long Flying Fox. Price: $40 to $179. Open: 7 days Summer/Spring 10am-5pm, Autumn/Winter 10am-4pm.

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Hutt Valley The Hutt Valley is just 15 minutes drive north of Wellington. The cities of Lower and Upper Hutt make up the Hutt Valley region. Rugged regional parks, scenic reserves, the Hutt River, walking trails, golf courses and eastern beaches of Wellington harbour offer a wealth of recreational opportunities, from river swimming to canoeing, and a range of shopping experiences can be enjoyed alongside the lively cafe scene. The Hutt Valley is easily accessible by public transport and is just a short drive from Wellington City.

Eastern Bays The seaside villages of Days Bay and Eastbourne in the Eastern Bays are excellent places to experience another aspect of the Hutt Valley. There are great walkways and beaches, take time to stroll along the streets looking at the houses, village shops or grab a book and relax at any of the cafes.

Porirua Nestled around the shoreline of Porirua Harbour, Porirua is an interesting blend of modern mega stores, local produce markets, small museums and scenic reserves and parks. Plimmerton Beach is popular with swimmers and windsurfers. Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve and Colonial Knob Scenic Reserve are just two of many areas that can be explored on 30 historic trails and walkways. Porirua is 20km north of Wellington city.

Kapiti Coast The Kapiti District covers 40km of coastal plain and is located 45 minutes drive north of Wellington. The Kapiti Coast stretches from the small village of Paekakariki in the south to the rural township of Otaki in the north. Known as the Nature Coast the region offers a stunning natural environment, see the magnificent Kapiti Island, a


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national wildlife sanctuary, take your shoes off and walk along unspoilt beaches, enjoy the quietness of a forest walk or shop for unique arts and crafts.

Wairarapa A sophisticated wine scene, delicious gourmet produce, and quaint village shops, cafés and boutique accommodation are all on offer in the small but sophisticated towns of Wairarapa. Just over an from Wellington by car or train, the region has a relaxed rural pace, and the charming townships make an ideal base for exploring the vineyards, forest parks and scenic coastline. Masterton is the main centre, and historic Martinborough is the hub of the region’s thriving wine industry. Wairarapa’s rolling hills, rugged coastline and thriving wineries are not to be missed. Stay at a cottage, elegant hotel or luxury lodge enjoying premium wine, gourmet food and a warm welcome. Explore local galleries and boutique stores in Greytown, a Victorian country village with metropolitan panache plus great food and coffee. Take a wine tour or enjoy olive oil tasting in Martinborough and stroll or bike between the cellar doors. Tour the unique Stonehenge Aotearoa to learn how the lives of ancient cultures were guided by the stars. Wairarapa’s Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday at the historic Solway Showgrounds, Fleet Street from 9am to 12.30pm.

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Share our Paradise – Walkways, Cycleways and Beaches Porirua is a young satellite city, just 20 minutes north of Wellington, with a reputation for energy, creativity and outdoor action. Our vibrant natural, environment, surrounded by twin harbours, hills, ocean and rugged coastline, provides beautiful walks. Scuba diving, fishing and trips to Mana Island are easy to arrange. Windsurfing, kayak, sail, horse ride, mountain bike, play golf or relax at a café. High-wire challenges at Adrenalin Forest are heart pumping. PATAKA Art + Museum showcases contemporary Maori, Pacific Island and Kiwi art. Te Rauparaha Arena houses the Arena Aquatic Centre is named after the legendary Maori Chief who composed Ka Mate, the best known Maori haka in the world, and led Ngati Toa to conquer the region nearly 200 years ago. Explore the stunning Pauatahanui Inlet, dotted with charming boathouses and featuring a wildlife sanctuary with walkways and hides for bird-watching. Plimmerton is the perfect New Zealand seaside village, with inviting restaurants and accommodation choices. So join us, explore and stay a while.

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Brief History of Porirua Maori oral traditions and tribal whakapapa passed down recall the names of the explorers and iwi who first lived in Porirua. Ngai Tara and Ngati Ira were among the early tribes who occupied Porirua. In the 1820s the arrival of the musket armed Ngati Toa led by Te Rauparaha, Ngati Toa’s formidable chief created a new era for Porirua. Te Rauparaha rose to leadership because of his strong defence of his tribe’s interests and his skill in battle. He took his tribe from Kawhia to the conquest of large territories and the founding of a new home for Ngati Toa here in Porirua. He composed Ka Mate the well known haka used by New Zealand sporting teams such as the All Blacks.

Getting to and around Porirua Porirua i-SITE Visitor Centre 8 Cobham Court, Porirua City phone 04 237 8088 www.poriruaNZ.com Located on SH1, just 20km north of Wellington city, Porirua city is easily accessible by car or public transport. Try taking the 20 minute Tranz Metro train ride from downtown Wellington, or from Paraparaumu. Open: Weekdays: Monday-Friday 9am–5pm. Weekends: Saturday: 9am–4pm. Sunday: 10am–2pm. Public Holidays: 10am–2pm.

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Hutt Valley - full of New Zealand firsts Mythological history tells of two taniwha, Ngake and Whaitaitai who lived in Wellington Harbour when it was just a lake. The lake eventually became too small for the taniwha and they longed to escape into the ocean to the south. Ngake positioned himself on the northern edge of the lake and using his tail as a spring thrust himself towards the southern shores, smashing a passage way through to what is today known as Cook Strait. The force of the release of Ngake’s coiled tail carved Te Awakairangi / Hutt River – the river of food from the sky. As the first place of organised settlement in New Zealand, the Hutt Valley is filled with amazing New Zealand history. Just 15 minutes north of Wellington you can discover the country’s first lighthouse, first dam and learn about the arrival of the New Zealand company’s first ships at Petone Settlers Museum. An outdoor haven mixes stories of NZ firsts with new culture, courtesy of cutting edge art and a tasty food scene. Jackson Street is like a street sized international pantry – discover quality NZ produce alongside a melting pot of food retailers, trendy cafes, restaurants. Must dos are La Bella Italia, On Trays, The Spice Rack, The Chocolates story. Bookfeast, The Table and The House of Knives ensure you’ve got everything you need for the perfect meal wherever you are.

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Hutt City Winter must dos Don’t miss the historical and trendy cafes, galleries and unique retailers of Jackson Street, Petone. Ferry across to the upmarket Eastern Bay Villages and dine in the cosy seaside Cobar – people’s choice Beef and Lamb award winners. Rain or shine, Quad Bike Expeditions are spectacular. Head to the Turakirae Head seal colony or atop hills with stunning views to the South Island. Check out cutting-edge art at The Dowse Art Museum, a contemporary gallery with worldclass exhibits. Be sure to visit Te Puna Wai Ora to fill your water bottle with pure artesian water from the spring of life. Contemporary and traditional Maori art are produced at Hetet Art Space within a unique urban marae and village. Experience the taste of Zany Zeus. Sample exquisite gold medal organic cheeses and icecream that is out of this world. Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans will be at home in Stansborough – weavers of a very unique wool and Hollywood movie costume-makers. Step back in time and see the historic woollen mills. Discover many more must dos at Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre 25 Laings Road, Lower Hutt phone 04 560 4715 www.huttvalleynz.com

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Airport Information Travel options to and from Wellington Airport (phone 385 5100) include taxis, shuttle buses and Airport Flyer Bus, as well as rental vehicles, which may be picked up/dropped off at the airport or nearby. Taxi fares range from about $35–40 to the CBD. Shuttle buses cost less for passengers travelling in the same group to the same destination, but take longer, as they pick up and drop off en route. The Airport Flyer travels between Wellington Airport and Hutt Valley, via several city stops, including Courtney Place. It departs every 15 minutes to the city and on to Westfield Queensgate in Lower Hutt, and every hour to Upper Hutt, between 6.30am and 9.30pm. The distinctive, orange-coloured bus stops at the southern end of the airport terminal on ground level. The cost is $12 one way for a full adult cash fare to Wellington city.

Wellington International Airport Air New Zealand Reservations and Fare Inquiries Phone 0800 737 000.

Duty-free Allowance Arriving passengers are allowed 1.125 litres of spirits, 4.5 litres of wine and 200 cigarettes.

Information A small information brochure stand is located on the first floor, in the main check-in hall. Touch-screen help phones are also available on the ground floor (baggage claim area). It’s easy to keep connected at Wellington Airport with free Wi-Fi.

Luggage Storage and Lost Property A luggage storage room is available on the ground floor (baggage claim area). For enquiries, also regarding lost property, phone 385 5124. (For lost baggage, contact the relevant airline.)

Security Security measures are in place for all international flights leaving New Zealand. For full Aviation Security Service information, visit www.flysmart.govt.nz

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Regional Flights Two airlines, Sounds Air and AIR2THERE, offer scheduled and chartered regional services.

Driving To/From Wellington Airport From the Airport: If you are travelling north and to the city from the

airport, follow the signs to the city, go through the Mt Victoria tunnel, around the Basin Reserve cricket ground and turn left onto Karo Drive, the Wellington urban motorway, which is also State Highway (SH1). This leaves the CBD and follows alongside the harbour then, at the Ngauranga interchange, SH1 veers left and continues north (via Porirua and Kapiti1 Horowhenua). SH2 continues straight ahead to Hutt Valley and KAIWHARAWHARA WADESTOWN Wairarapa. Wellington Airport is on the south coast of the North Island, so if you are travelling south by car or campervan, you will need to book a ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton. There are two operators: Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry, phone 0800 844 844, and Interislander, phone 0800 802 802. From the City

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Accident & Emergency Medical & Dental Centres Accident & Urgent Medical Centre – Open 8am–11pm every day including Public Holidays. X-ray facilities and Pharmacy onsite. No appointment needed. Owned and operated by Wellington GPs. 17 Adelaide Road, Newtown, Basin Reserve. Phone 04 384 4944. City Medical Centre – General Practice and travel medicine in the CBD. Hours 8am–5pm, Monday–Friday. Level One, 10 Brandon Street, Wellington, phone 471 2161. www.citymedical.co.nz Wellington Hospital – Riddiford Street, Newtown, phone 385 5999. Kenepuru Hospital – Raiha Street, Porirua, phone 237 0179. Hutt Hospital – High Street, Lower Hutt, phone 566 6999. Paraparaumu Hospital – Warrimoo St, Paraparaumu, phone 298 6069.

Airport Info & Travel Routes – refer pages 78–79 Banks & ATMS Trading banks are normally open Monday–Friday, from 9am–4.30pm. There are ATMs (money machines) and exchange facilities at most banks and several other locations in the central city.

Carparks Civic Square (entrance off Harris Street). Clifton Terrace (entrance off The Terrace). Michael Fowler Centre (entrance off Wakefield Street). Several other carparks are located throughout the city. On weekends, a range of parks are available for between $4 and $6, www.wellingtonnz. com/know_wellington

Electricity Electricity is 230 volts, 50 hertz. Accommodation provides 110 volt, 20 watt sockets only for electric shavers.

Emergencies – Police, Fire and Ambulance, phone 111. Wellington Central Police Station is located at the corner of Victoria and Harris Streets, phone 04 381 2000. Embassies/Consulates Australia 72 Hobson Street, Thorndon, phone 473 6411. Germany 90 Hobson Street, Thorndon, phone 473 6063. United Kingdom 44 Hill Street, Thorndon, phone 924 2888.


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Japan Level 18, 100 Willis Street, phone 473 1540. USA 29 Fitzherbert Terrace, Thorndon, phone 462 6000. NZ Post will convert foreign cash to $NZ without a commission at any PostShop, for details visit www.nzpost.co.nz/foreigncurrency/ NZ Post, 43 Manners St, Mon–Fri, 8am–5.30pm, ph 04 473 5922. Travelex Financial Services NZ – 120 Lambton Quay, phone 472 8346. Main Terminal, Wellington International Airport, phone 801 0130.

GST A Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 15% is applied to all goods and services, except duty-free purchases.

Library Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street. Open 9.30am–8.30pm Mon–Thurs; 9.30am–9pm Friday; 9.30am–5pm Saturday; 1–4pm Sunday, phone 801 4040.

Phone Services When phoning Wellington numbers from out of town, dial 04 first. You can use a Telecom PhoneCard or any major credit card on any payphone. Some also take coins and 500 payphones have a modem port for internet access. AT&T direct 000 911 National directory 018 International directory 0172 National tolls 010 International tolls 0170

Postal Services NZ Post, 43 Manners St, Mon–Fri, 8am–5.30pm, ph 04 473 5922. Post Restante, Mon-Fri, 8am–5.30pm, Sat 10am–1.30pm.

Public Transport & Rentals – refer pages 67–68 For all bus, train and ferry information, contact Metlink freephone 0800 801 700, visit www.metlink.org.nz.

Taxis Corporate Cabs Phone 387 4600 Hutt & City Taxis Phone 570 0057 Wellington Combined Taxis Phone 384 4444

Visitor Information Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre – Cnr Victoria & Wakefield Sts (Civic Square), Wellington. Ph 802 4860. www.WellingtonNZ.com Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre – 25 Laings Road, Lower Hutt. Phone 560 4715. www.huttvalleynz.com Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre – Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive Phone 04 527 2168 www. upperhuttcity.com/isite Masterton i-SITE Visitor Centre – Cnr Dixon & Bruce Sts, Masterton. Phone 06 370 0900. www.wairarapanz.com Porirua i-SITE Visitor Centre – 8 Cobham Court, Porirua City. Phone 237 8088. www.discoverporirua.co.nz

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Wellington Suburbs Wellington’s city centre is just two kilometres in diameter, meaning that nothing is further than a 20-minute walk away (although you may encounter some hills or steep steps). The suburbs stretch out around the hills and the coastline.

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KirKcaldie & StainS travel Price Kirkcaldie & Stains offers all international travellers 15% off the normal price on all merchandise store wide. To receive the Kirkcaldie & Stains Travel Price customers must show proof (e.g. tickets) that they are travelling within the next two weeks and must spend a minimum of $100. This offer is only available to the person who is travelling and named on the travel documents. The Travel Price is unavailable on purchases in Crabtree & Evelyn, dermalogica, dermalogica at essence, Mimco, Mecca Cosmetica, Scent Floral Boutique, Witchery, WitcheryMan, WitcheryKids and K&S Café and not in conjunction with any other offer. language iS no barrier at KirKcaldie & StainS. A number of languages are spoken by Kirkcaldie & Stains staff members. Please ask at Reception on the ground floor should you require assistance. 165 - 177 Lambton Quay Wellington Telephone (04) 472 5899 www.kirkcaldies.co.nz Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm. Friday 9.30am - 6pm. Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 10am - 5pm.

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Celebrating 150 Years C since 1863 c When in Wellington it is essential to visit New Zealand’s premier department store for understated elegance and outstanding service. You will find three floors of fine shopping in the heart of Lambton Quay.

FR EE Winter 2013

Wellington What’s On

ouchers Guide • Maps • V

KirKcaldie & StainS travel Price Kirkcaldie & Stains offers all international travellers 15% off the normal price on all merchandise store wide. To receive the Kirkcaldie & Stains Travel Price customers must show proof (e.g. tickets) that they are travelling within the next two weeks and must spend a minimum of $100. This offer is only available to the person who is travelling and named on the travel documents. The Travel Price is unavailable on purchases in Crabtree & Evelyn, dermalogica, dermalogica at essence, Mimco, Mecca Cosmetica, Scent Floral Boutique, Witchery, WitcheryMan, WitcheryKids and K&S Café and not in conjunction with any other offer. language iS no barrier at KirKcaldie & StainS. A number of languages are spoken by Kirkcaldie & Stains staff members. Please ask at Reception on the ground floor should you require assistance. 165 - 177 Lambton Quay Wellington Telephone (04) 472 5899 www.kirkcaldies.co.nz Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm. Friday 9.30am - 6pm. Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 10am - 5pm.

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