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Welcome

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Haere Mai Welcome to Wellington – New Zealand’s Cultural Capital. New Zealand’s vibrant capital 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 simply bursts with theatres, galleries, museums, shops and restaurants, making it perfect for a cosmopolitan holiday, or sample the wonderful lifestyle attractions of Porirua, Hutt Valley and the Wairarapa. 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 Wellington, Porirua, Hutt Valley, the Wairarapa and Wellington region. We provide all the latest events in our What’s On calendar, as well as easy to use maps, handy information to help you with accommodation, shopping, dining and transport, and plenty of great ideas for sightseeing and activities. Enjoy your stay in Wellington – New Zealand’s Cultural Capital.

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Contents

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Wellington at a Glance ......................................... 04 What’s Hot ............................................................ 08 Useful Information ................................................ 12 What’s On ............................................................. 14 Activities ............................................................... 20 Discount Vouchers ................................................ 47 Shopping ............................................................... 49 Dining Out ............................................................ 56 Accommodation ................................................... 64 Transport & Rentals .............................................. 66 Around Wellington ............................................... 68 Wellington Airport................................................ 77 Wellington Maps................................................... 79

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A premier food and culture destination, New Zealand’s cosmopolitan capital enjoys a wealth of arts, heritage and cultural events, theatres, eclectic cafés, world class restaurants, museums, galleries and designer stores – all within easy walking distance. Busy Courtenay Place is the heart of the city’s nightlife and a favourite dining precinct. The city has a spectacular natural setting, nestled between the harbour and hills, and bordered by beautiful beaches and bays.

Wellington’s Waterfront

Wellington Underground Market

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.

Wairarapa

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 hour’s drive from Wellington, the region has a relaxed ‘country’ 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.

Porirua

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.


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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. The Weta Cave Film screening has been extended with new footage, showcasing a snapshot of Weta projects, and new displays have recently been added, making it a great time to visit. Daily, 9am-5:30pm, phone 04 380 9361, email wetacave@wetanz.co.nz

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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.

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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.

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 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. An ideal place for those who want to relax away from the central area of Wellington city.

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What’s Hot

Wellington Botanic Gardens

Joe Sheehan: Other Stories – Stone Works 2002–2012 Other Stories is Joe Sheehan’s first survey exhibition, bringing together thirty sculptural objects from the past ten years of his practice. Sheehan has fashioned a unique identity for himself creating work that explores the contemporary relevance of stone carving in New Zealand. His exquisitely carved, carefully considered pieces – beautiful replicas of Joe Sheehan everyday objects in stone – engage with the classic tradition of stone sculpture, yet confound Bulb, 2011 (detail) the usual expectations of the medium. Until 25 November. Venue: PATAKA: Museum of Arts & Culture, corner of Parumoana and Norrie Streets, Porirua City. Ph: 04 237 1511. www.pataka.org.nz

Wellington Botanic Garden Spring Festival Welcome spring and say goodbye to winter at Wellington’s iconic Spring Festival. The festival began as Tulip Day over 68 years ago, and has been delighting visitors and locals alike with stunning displays of spring flowers since then. Spring Festival is timed to coincide with the mass display of up to 25,000 tulips. But there will be many other gorgeous flowers in the garden – of particular note are the main garden magnolia trees, some of which are around 90 years old. The Cable Car is offering free rides up to the garden weekday lunchtimes – grab the voucher from the Spring Festival programme and catch the Cable Car to enjoy the spectacular flower displays. Also on offer are guided walks, talks, storytelling, workshops, a visit from zoo critters and a weekday children’s programme. Other nearby attractions such as Parliament and MetService have joined the festival, with special tours. Picnic café in the garden are offering two-for-one breakfasts on a festival voucher. Most of these events are free or cost just a few dollars. The festival


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also includes a children’s programme for the first week of the school holidays. On Tulip Sunday – 30 September – the local Dutch community celebrate their culture with entertainment and delicious food. Pick up a Spring Festival brochure from libraries or the Botanic Garden or online. 22 September–7 October. Venue: Wellington Botanic Gardens, 101 Glenmore Street, Kelburn, Wellington. Ph: 04 499 1400. www.wellington.govt.nz

The New Zealand Film Archive The New Zealand Film Archive is undoubtedly Wellington’s most eclectic cinema. With a Cafe and Gallery open 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday; 4pm–7pm Saturday with a public viewing Library open 12noon–5pm; Monday to Friday; and cinema screenings Wednesday to Saturday, there’s always something new to see. The Film Archive’s annual Soup and A Seat Friday lunchtime programme is running from 17 August–5 October. For just $8 you can enjoy a delicious cup of homemade vege soup and a choice selection of New Zealand documentaries. It’s cinema condensed to fit your lunch break! Mini Sized Square Eyes is also back during the October school holidays, presenting an hour long collection of award winning short films from all over the world. These are guaranteed to amuse, entertain and even inspire our littlest film fans. Screened in partnership with the New Zealand Children’s Film Foundation, Mini Sized Square Eyes will be presented at 11am on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of both weeks of the October School Holidays. For full Film Archive programme details and further screening information visit them online. Venue: The New Zealand Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington. Ph: 04 499 3456. www.filmarchive.org.nz

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ThingsWhat’s to See & Hot Do

Onstage American Express Open Section, 2011 Brancott Estate WOW Awards Show

The Brancott Estate World of WearableArt™ (WOW) Awards Show First shown in 1987, World of Wearable Art originally began as a promotion for a rural art gallery in Nelson. Renowned sculptor Dame Suzie Moncrieff had the vision to exhibit art in the form of a live theatrical show, and WOW has since grown to receive international acclaim.

Hermacea – Jan Kerr, Paraparaumu

The original concept promotes New Zealand as an extraordinary and creative place and showcases this creativity to the world. WOW takes art off the wall and on to the moving body by giving designers the opportunity to be innovative, original and not bound by the constraints of commercialism. The only limit is their imagination. Each year the Brancott Estate WOW Awards judges select over 150 garments created by designers from all over New Zealand and around the world, to compete for close to $150,000 in prize money.

Sophie Littin, Wellington

The garment is then transformed and showcased on stage in a distinctive two hour theatrical extravaganza with stunning sets, dance, music, lighting and world class choreography. Over 50,000 people from all over the world come to see this breathtaking spectacular – why not be one of them? Tickets are precious so book now! 27 September–7 October. Venue: TSB Bank Arena, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington. Ph: 03 547 0859. www.worldofwearableart.com


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Useful Information

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 – opposite McDonalds, 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 77-78 Banks & ATMS Trading banks are normally open Monday-Friday, from 9am4.30pm. 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, ten designated carparks offer parking for $3 for up to 6 hours, visit www.wellingtonnz.com/know_wellington

Electricity Electricity is 230 volts, 50 hertz. Accommodation provide 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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Useful Info Japan Levels 18 & 19, 100 Willis Street, phone 473 1540. USA 29 Fitzherbert Terrace, Thorndon, phone 462 6000.

Foreign Exchange 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 Ltd 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 9.30am8.30pm 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. Local calls from a Telecom payphone cost $1 a call. You can use a Telecom PhoneCard or any major credit card on any payphone. 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 66-67 For all bus, train and ferry information, contact Metlink, freephone 0800 801 700, visit www.metlink.org.nz.

Taxis Corporate Cabs Hutt & City Taxis Wellington Combined Taxis

Phone 387 4600 Phone 570 0057 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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What’s On

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Dance 7–11 November, Telstra Clear Season of Giselle A new staging of this quintessential ballet starring Gillian Murphy, RNZB Principal Guest Artist and star of American Ballet Theatre, dancing Giselle, one of the most dramatic roles in the classical ballet repertoire. A love story unfolds against the ghostly backdrop of a Rhineland forest haunted by the fearful presence of the ‘Wilis’ – vengeful spirits of abandoned brides. The beautiful peasant girl, Giselle, falls for Albrecht who conceals his identity to win her. The discovery of her lover’s deception shatters Giselle’s innocence and causes her to die of a broken heart. Albrecht is thrown into the hands of the merciless Wilis, but Giselle cannot bear to watch him die and returns as a ghost to save him. Venue: St James Theatre, 77–87 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington. Ph: 0800 842 538 www.ticketek.co.nz

Exhibitions Until 23 September, Michael Parekowhai, Colin McCahon, Jim Allen at Te Papa Te Papa is delighted to announce a special programme to coincide with the showing of Michael Parekowhai’s 2011 Venice Biennale exhibition, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer. Showing alongside Parekowhai’s works are four paintings by Colin McCahon and three installations by Jim Allen, selected from Te Papa’s art collection. Level 5. Free Entry. From 2 October, Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa Aotearoa New Zealand changed dramatically in the 20th century. Discover what united and divided us, and shaped our lives today. Decide whether New Zealand really is a ‘slice of heaven’ just as the song says. The 1900s saw Maori, women, and gay people all stand up for their rights. The country fought in two world wars – and then took a stand against nuclear weapons. The state grew – and shrank again. Explore it all at Te Papa. Free entry. Venue: Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington. Ph: 04 381 7000 www.tepapa.govt.nz


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Sumatran Tiger – Wellington Zoo

Until 22 October, Kahu Ora | Living Cloaks Kahu Ora showcases the world’s largest collection of Maori cloaks – among the most precious taonga (treasures) to Maori, and stunning in their artistry and diversity. These are living cloaks. They carry powerful stories of their weavers and wearers. They are a continuing link between ancestors and descendants. They reveal great innovation – past and present. This art of cloak-making is thriving again today. At the heart of the exhibition is the live Weavers’ Studio, where you can meet and watch expert weavers in action. Venue: Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington. Ph: 04 381 7000 www.tepapa.govt.nz

Daily, National War Memorial & 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. 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 10.30am-4.30pm Mon to Sat; 12.00pm-4.30pm Sundays. Admission and parking are free of charge. Venue: 7 Buckle Street (200m from the Basin Reserve), Te Aro, Wellington. Ph: 04 385 2496 www.nationalwarmemorial.govt.nz

Family Daily from the end of September, Wellington Zoo Get closer than ever at Wellington Zoo’s new Asia Precinct! Opening at the end of September, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see more, hear more, and feel more at the new ASB Malayan Sun Bear and Pub Charity Sumatran Tiger exhibits. General Zoo admission fees apply – see the website for more details as they are updating progress all the time. Venue: Wellington Zoo, 200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington. Ph: 04 381 6755 www.wellingtonzoo.com


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Carter Observatory – Solar Flare on the Sun Photo National Geographic

Mnozil Brass

Daily, Wildest Weather in the Solar System Join National Geographic on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI, and cuttingedge science, this is the only place in New Zealand where you can see this spectacular movie on a full-dome planetarium. Late nights on Tuesday & Saturday, open until 9.30pm. Venue: Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Kelburn, Wellington. Ph: 04 910 3140 www.carterobservatory.org

Music 23 September, Mnozil Brass Direct from Austria, Mnozil Brass blows audiences away with its unique blend of musical ability, theatrics and originality. Formed 20 years ago in Josef Mnozil’s small tavern in Vienna, Austria, this ensemble of seven ‘insanely cool’ brass players has been wowing audiences around the world with the sheer variety and diversity of its performances. They’ve been referred to as the “Monty Pythons of Music” yet each of the ensemble members is a world-class musician. The seven virtuoso players traverse a bewildering variety of musical styles and genres, producing sound from a full-scale brass band to the tenderness and silken beauty of a string quartet. Venue: St James Theatre, 77–87 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington. Ph: 0800 842 538 www.ticketek.co.nz

21–23 September, New Zealand Brass Festival This, the inaugural New Zealand Brass Festival, brings a mixture of local and international professional brass players to put on Concerts, Recitals, Master-classes and Seminars. Artists include: Mnozil Brass (Austria), Trumpet soloist Rex Richardson (US), Euphonium soloist Dave Thornton (UK), The Australian Brass Quintet as well as members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia and The NZBF Brass Band.

The Australian Brass Quintet

Venue: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington. Ph: 04 472 9211


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Mud Cycle Social Mountainbiking

Outdoors & Sport Weekly, Tuesday Night Social Mountain Biking Every Tuesday night you can go for a mountainbike ride around the Makara and Wrights hill areas. Just be ready to leave Mud Cycles in Karori at 6.30pm and enjoy a ride with likeminded individuals. It’s always on – neither rain, or snow, nor rampaging postman will cancel it. It’s a casual ride at a talk and banter pace – race pace is only allowed on the downs. Bring your trail bikes or your XC bikes. Trails will depend on who shows but will differ every week. Come out and maybe get to ride some trails that you didn’t even know existed. Casual riders and visitors to Wellington welcome. Venue: Mud Cycles 421 Karori Road, Karori, Wellington. Ph: 04 4764 961 www.mudcycles.co.nz

8 September, All Blacks (New Zealand) vs. The Pumas (Argentina) The All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies have officially welcomed Argentina into the Tri Nations, which is now The Investec Rugby Championship. Head to Westpac Stadium and show your support for the All Blacks when they take on Argentina. This is the only All Blacks match in Wellington this year, so it’s your best chance to see our world champion rugby team in action. Rugby is at the heart of Kiwi culture and this offers you the chance to be right there amongst it. Even if you’re not big on rugby, the atmosphere alone is something you want to experience. Venue: Westpac Stadium, Waterloo Quay, Wellington. Ph: 0800 842 538 www.ticketek.co.nz

Special Events 22 September – Spring Equinox at Stonehenge Aotearoa An old fashioned fair with a medieval flavour – music, games, food; starts at 10am – feel free to come in apropriate fancy dress. At sunset it is time to celebrate Ostara, the ancient ceremony of the spring equinox. In the evening explore the Moon and stars through one of the large telescopes. Ph: 06 377 1600 www.stonehenge-aotearoa.com

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Circa - Clybourne Park

Theatre 8 September–6 October, Clybourne Park A very sharp, clever and wickedly funny study of modern manners, Clybourne Park probes the contemporary fault line between property and prejudice. It is startling, unsettling and outrageously entertaining! In suburban Chicago 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their family home to a decidedly unwelcome black family. In the second act we fast-forward 50 years to Obama-land with a new set of characters and an inverse power ratio, as a white couple attempt to inveigle their way into what has now become a black neighborhood. Intelligent funny and provocative, this is for those who appreciate humour and substance, structural elegance, and linguistic exhilaration. Venue: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington. Ph: 04 801 7992 www.circa.co.nz

28–29 September, Bill Bailey – Qualmpeddler Inspired by a trip to China, Bill Bailey’s new show explores language with all of his trademark elements – musical mash ups, twisted logic, some political ranting, brilliant visuals and animation, a clear eyed yet surreal view of the world we all live in. Known worldwide for television shows like QI and Black Books; there’s a reason he keeps coming back to New Zealand. We love him and he loves us right back. Hilarious – well worth seeing. Venue: Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington. Ph: 0800 842 538 www.ticketek.co.nz

Bill Bailey Photo Andy Hollington


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!

High quality New Zealand made gifts

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 by torchlight tor o ch hli l ghtt is a must for anyone w who ho wants w ntts to see kiwi in the wild – we have wa hav a e ance cess ar aree pretty at least 100 soo the chan chances glow w orms or m are so good! Often the glow worms won on’t ’t n eed a torch! ee bright you won’t need Bookin ingg is essential. ess s ential. Booking End of Waiapu Rd, Karori. Ph 04 920 9200

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Kayaks in Harbour Photo by Jason Elsworth,PWT

Our cosmopolitan capital makes a big splash with an exciting array of options, from cultural and heritage attractions to adventure activities The capital’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. Down at Wellington’s waterfront, harbour views complement a range of leisure attractions. Join the locals for a stroll along Oriental Parade, catch the ferry across to the beach, bush trails and cafés of Days Bay or discover the city’s lively maritime history at the Museum of Wellington. Historic Thorndon is interesting to explore, wandering among its heritage buildings and colonial charm. Drop by Old St Paul’s and Wellington Cathedral, pay a visit to the National Library and the National War Memorial, or take a tour of the Parliament Buildings – the nation’s political powerhouse. Action seekers have plenty of options, with rock climbing, laser gaming, 10-pin bowling and skating, or hire a cycle and explore under your own steam. If that doesn’t appeal, a host of sightseeing tours covers every option, from scenic helicopter flights and gourmet wine escapes to tours of the Lord of the Rings locations and the city’s hot spots. There are guided walks and gourmet food tours as well. Laying claim to the title of New Zealand’s cultural capital means the city is simply bursting with theatres, galleries and museums. Take in a late night show at a theatre or cinema, discover New Zealand’s ‘Awesome Forces’ at Te Papa Tongarewa, or check out the screenings at The Film Archive. There are great museums and galleries around town as well – browse the exhibitions at City Gallery and TheNewDowse, step back in time at The Colonial Cottage, visit the Olympic Museum and Reserve Bank Museum, or learn about Pacific culture at PATAKA. For outdoor fun, discover the Rainforest Walk at Wellington Zoo, take a seal coast safari up the rugged coast, or check out the native wildlife at ZEALANDIA.


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for the real Wellington stories... ship ’n chip tour

tales & rails tour

Sail to Matiu-Somes Island, lunch on fish’n chips and voyage through history at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea

Ride the Cable Car with the Gripman, pause for morning tea and visit the Museum of Wellington City & Sea and the Cable Car Museum.

...best best intro to Wellington Booking essential charges apply contact 472 8904 museumtours@wmt.org.nz www.museumswellington.org.nz

Tina and David, Melbourne

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding support from Wellington City Council Rohan Wealleans Wizard of Forgotten Flesh, 2012 Polystyrene, fiberglass and paint Courtesy of the artist, Ivan Anthony Gallery and Hamish McKay Gallery

Winter Season City Gallery Wellington Opening 23 Jun. 2012 Open Daily 10am – 5pm www.citygallery.org.nz Free Entry


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Adventure AERIAL OBSTACLE

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ADRENALIN FOREST Test your limits, Conquer your fear. Best described as a multi level aerial obstacle course. Participants negotiate a series of rope bridges, tarzan swings and flying foxes (up to 100m long) from platforms constructed in the tree canopy. The adventure park is now 5 pathways, featuring 80 challenges, up to 25m high and almost 2kms in length. Okowai Road, Porirua Phone 0800 TO GO APE 0800 86 46 273 Email: wellington@adrenalin-forest.co.nz www.adrenalin-forest.co.nz

CYCLING

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MUD CYCLES 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! 421 Karori Road, phone 476 4961. Email mudcycles@mudcycles.co.nz www.mudcycles.co.nz

HELI TOURS

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HELIPRO WELLINGTON HELI TOURS Fly over our capital’s landmarks – The Beehive, Cake Tin and Te Papa. Access other remote regions including Martinborough, the Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura Coast. Combinations include; weekend escapes, wineries, heli lunches and dolphin tours. Shed 1, Queens Wharf, Wellington, phone 04 472 1550 or 0800 helipro. Email wellington@helipro.co.nz www.helipro.co.nz

MOVIE TOUR

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WELLINGTON ROVER TOURS The LORD OF THE RINGS TOUR specialists in Wellington. Our FULL and HALF DAY RINGS tours visit the Outer Shire, Rivendell, Isengard, River Anduin, Helms Deep, Minas Tirith and include a souvenir map and happy hobbitlike storytelling guide. Our FULL DAY RINGS TOUR also includes lunch, we visit the Wellywood Suburbs, Dunharrow, the Village Bree and a chance to explore the WETA CAVE. We bring Middle Earth alive for you. Departs City Hotels and Info Centre, Wakefield Street. Phone 021 426 211. www.wellingtonrover.co.nz

MOVIE TOUR

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WELLINGTON MOVIE TOURS See up to 25 Lord of the Rings scenes. Review the movie clips on location. Behind-the-scenes stories. Come and experience the ultimate in movie tours. Phone 027 419 3077. www.movietours.co.nz

SEAL SAFARI

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SEAL COAST SAFARI 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. Seals guaranteed all year! Qualmark endorsed. Freephone 0800 73 25 27. Email safari@sealcoast.com. www.sealcoast.com


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Attractions ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY

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CARTER OBSERVATORY 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. Wellington Botanic Gardens, 2 minute walk from top of Cable Car. Phone 04 910 3140. www.carterobservatory.org

CABLE CAR

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WELLINGTON CABLE CAR A great introduction to Wellington for visitors. The cars run from the commercial heart of Lambton Quay, tunnel under the corporate towers of The Terrace and emerge in Kelburn. The ride continues past Kelburn Park and Victoria University to the top of the Botanic Garden. The views from the lookout take in the city’s central business district and out across the harbour to the Hutt Valley and Eastbourne. Runs every 10 minutes. Open 7 days a week. Phone 472 2199. Fax 472 2200.

FILM EXPERIENCE

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THE FILM ARCHIVE 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. Cnr Ghuznee and Taranaki St. Infoline 499 FILM (499 3456). Phone 384 7647. Email information@nzfa.org.nz www.filmarchive.org.nz

FOOD TOUR

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ZEST FOOD TOURS Discover Wellington with a tasty Zest walking tour, tasting delicious local treats. It’s sightseeing with great food. Your friendly, knowledgeable guide shares local stories as you sample some top food experiences. Half or full day tours, with just 2 to 8 guests per tour, book at least 24 hours ahead. Qualmark endorsed. Phone 04 801 9198. Email tours@zestfoodtours.co.nz www.zestfoodtours.co.nz


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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 Jet boating insome Shotover Canyon the North Island and Lord of the Rings sites. ©Copyright Photographer 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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FLAT EARTH TOURS Come and experience our friendly yet luxurious tours of Wellington. We offer tours for a wide range of Wellington sights including Lord of the Rings, nature, city highlights, arts and culture and wine tasting. Full and half day tours, custom and private tours available. Book on 0800 775 805. For more information go to www.flatearth.co.nz

GUIDED TOURS WELLINGTON SIGHTS Capture the capital’s picturesque landmarks and learn about creative photography on the Snapshot of Wellington Tour. Also available are fantastic Wellington Twilight, Lord of the Rings, cruise ship and custom tours. Departures daily at 10am and 2pm. Freephone 0800 775 805. Email info@wellingtonsights.co.nz www.wellingtonsights.co.nz

GUIDED WALK

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WALK WELLINGTON A 2-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, Old St Paul’s, and Plimmer’s Ark. Walks daily departing from the i-Site visitor centre at 10am. Email walkwellington@xtra.co.nz

HERITAGE ATTRACTION see ad page 31 OLD ST PAUL’S 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. 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, phone 473 6722. Fax 473 6422. Email oldstpauls@historic.org.nz www.oldstpauls.co.nz

HERITAGE ATTRACTION WELLINGTON CATHEDRAL OF ST PAUL 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. Sunday 8am, 10am, 5pm; Weekdays: 12.15pm; Thursday 5.30pm Choral Evensong. Open daily 10am-4pm. Cnr Hill & Molesworth Streets, Thorndon, phone 04 472 0286. Email admin@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz http://wellingtoncathedral.org.nz

JOHN'S HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR

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JOHN’S HOP ON HOP OFF CITY TOUR Wellington is full of lots of exciting things to see and do, and John’s Hop On Hop Off City Tour visits them all! 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. Freephone 0800 24 68 77. Email info@hoponhopoff.co.nz. www.hoponhopoff.co.nz.


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NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL & 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. 7 Buckle Street (200m from the Basin Reserve) tel: (04) 385 2496 email: nwm@mch.govt.nz www.nationalwarmemorial.govt.nz


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Wellington by Night ©Positively Wellington Tourism

MARKET WELLINGTON UNDERGROUND MARKET 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. Under Frank Kitts Park, Wellington Waterfront, every Saturday 10am-4pm.

MOVIE EXPERIENCE

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THE WETA CAVE Step inside the walls of Weta, the company that helped bring the The Lord Of The Rings, King Kong, Avatar and District 9 to life. The Weta Cave in Miramar, Wellington features an exclusive behind-the-scenes film and a mini museum. Entry to the Weta Cave with its museum and film screening is absolutely free. You can also purchase from a wide range of Weta related movie and TV merchandise. Open 7 days a week, 9am-5.30pm. Closed New Years Day, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Corner of Camperdown Road and Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington, phone 04 380 9361. Email wetacave@wetanz.co.nz www.wetaNZ.com

NATIONHOOD

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ARCHIVES NEW ZEALAND 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. All are in Maori except the Waikato sheet which is in English. Together they represent an agreement drawn up between representatives of the British Crown and representatives of Maori, iwi and hapu. Find out more about Archives New Zealand in our Gateway orientation space. 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, phone 499 5595. Email info@archives.govt.nz www.archives.govt.nz


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STEP INTO AOTEAROA 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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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

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PARLIAMENT TOUR PARLIAMENT TOURS Free tours of Parliament Buildings operate every day, on the hour, from the Beehive. Tour duration is 1 hour. Weekdays 10am-4pm. Saturdays and most public holidays 10am3pm. Sundays 11am-3pm. Tour route/times subject to change. Please arrive 15 minutes before the hour. Closed on Christmas & Boxing Days, New Year’s Day, 2nd January, Waitangi Day and Good Friday. Groups of 10 or more need to book. Gift Shop open. Phone 04 817 9503. Fax 04 817 6743. Email tour.desk@parliament.govt.nz www.parliament.nz

SIGHTSEEING TOUR

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HAMMONDS WELLINGTON & REGION SIGHTSEEING TOURS 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. PO Box 3382, Wellington, phone 472 0869. Email info@wellingtonsightseeingtours.com www.wellingtonsightseeingtours.com

STAGLANDS WILDLIFE RESERVE STAGLANDS WILDLIFE RESERVE & CAFÉ is located in the beautiful Akatarawa Valley and offers a unique experience for visitors to feed and freely interact with wildlife. Open daily 9.30am–5pm. Visit our website for more details. 2362 Akatarawa Valley, RD2 Upper Hutt, phone 04 526 7529 Email wildlife@staglands.co.nz www.staglands.co.nz

WAR MEMORIAL

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NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL 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. Open Mon to Sat 10:30am to 4:30pm, Sun 12:00pm to 4:30pm. Free parking. 7 Buckle Street, (200m from the Basin Reserve), phone/fax (04) 385 2496. Email nwm@mch.govt.nz www.nationalwarmemorial.govt.nz

ZOO

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WELLINGTON ZOO Make your personal connection with nature at Wellington Zoo. Get up close and personal to native treasures and endangered exotic animals, and learn about the part you can play in creating a sustainable co-existence between wildlife and people. Open from 9.30am until 5pm every day except Christmas Day. 200 Daniell Street, Newtown, phone 04 381 6755 Email wellingtonzoo@wellingtonzoo.com www.wellingtonzoo.com


CIRCA THEATRE

Wellington’s premiere theatre venue on the Wellington waterfront, producing world-class theatre in a relaxed environment to thrilled audiences for 36 years. 8 SEPT – 6 OCT CIRCA ONE

CLYBOURNE PARK By Bruce Norris Directed by Ross Jolly

“The funniest play of the year” – Evening Standard. This wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about race and real estate has won nearly every honour the theatre has to give, including the Tony Award for Best Play, Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

15 SEPT – 13 OCT CIRCA TWO

MANAWA Presented by Tikapa Productions Written and directed by Jamie McCaskill

Jimmy King, the country’s youngest murderer, has been in and out of prison his whole life. Public enemy number one, Mau Vaiaga has only lived in New Zealand for three months. An unlikely friendship is struck up as these two men battle their way through the New Zealand justice system.

13 OCT – 10 NOV CIRCA ONE

THE TRUTH GAME By Simon Cunliffe Directed by Danny Mulheron

Sex, Lies and the Fourth Estate. “…one of the very best New Zealand plays…” — Barbara Frame, Otago Daily Times. Studded with gallows humour and the cynical but witty wordplay beloved of traditional newsrooms, this hardedged contemporary drama, traverses universal themes of ambition, loyalty, love and betrayal.

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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Culture PERFORMANCE VENUES POSITIVELY WELLINGTON VENUES Six 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! 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington, phone 04 801 4231 Email info@pwv.co.nz website pwv.co.nz

THEATRE BATS THEATRE New Zealand’s hottest developmental theatre. The jam-packed programme is renowned for edgy New Zealand theatre at affordable prices. Intimate and friendly, with a boutique bar and no-fee booking service. 1 Kent Terrace, phone 802 4175. Email book@bats.co.nz www.bats.co.nz

THEATRE

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CIRCA THEATRE 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! 1 Taranaki Street, phone 801 7992. www.circa.co.nz

THEATRE STAGECRAFT THEATRE 19–29 September: From the co-writer of the hit series “Outrageous Fortune” comes “SERIAL KILLERS” – an offbeat, irrepressible comedy by James Griffin. Dr Robert Gilligan, heart-throb surgeon, is about to be written out of ‘his’ soap opera but, armed and dangerous with gun and list of instructions on ‘how to take a hostage’, he refuses to go. 21 November sees the opening of a New Zealand styled “As You Like It” – pineapple lumps, Swanndries and gumboots abound! Venue: Gryphon on Ghuznee, 22 Ghuznee Street, phone 385 0532 or visit www.stagecraft.co.nz


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‘A real hit with foodies’ (Frommers, 2010) Unique gourmet food and wine tours with Zest Food Tours of New Zealand take you to taste the best food and wine and meet the passionate producers behind them - in places the locals know and love, in small exclusive groups. $XFNODQG‡:HOOLQJWRQ‡0DUWLQERURXJK

See www.]HVWIRRGWRXUV.co.nz for our tours and booking information or call 04 801 9198 in Wellington or 09 362 0588 in Auckland

VISIT WELLINGTON AND USE THE CABLE CAR Enjoy the views of the top of the harbour, city and the surrounding hills while riding on the historic cable car. 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, before returning on the cable car or take one of the downhill walks through the Botanic Garden via Parliament grounds and the Beehive back to Lambton Quay and the wharves.

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The Dowse Museum @PWT

THEATRE DOWNSTAGE 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. Cnr Courtenay Place & Cambridge Terrace, phone 801 6946. Email theatre@downstage.co.nz www.downstage.co.nz

THEATRE

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EMBASSY THEATRE Home to the Lord of the Rings, Wellington’s iconic cinema is at the top end of Courtenay Place. Built in 1924, The Embassy has been fully refurbished to a high standard as a picture palace offering a state-of-the-art experience that rivals the best movie-houses in the world! 10 Kent Terrace. Infoline 384 7657. www.deluxe.co.nz

Museums & Galleries EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS THE DOWSE is 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 is a great place for friends and family of all ages. A lively events calendar complements each exhibition season, including artist talks and children’s creative workshops. Late Lounge is a monthly evening music session where top local musicians and bands take to The Dowse stage, with all galleries open late. Café/Shop/Family Lounge/ Courtyard/Free WiFi. Free Entry. Open Mon–Fri 10am–4.30pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm. 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt. Ph 04 570 6500. www.dowse.org.nz www.facebook.com/thedowseartmuseum


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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.

OPEN: Mon-Sat: 10am - 4.30pm Sunday: 11am - 4.30pm FREE admission

Gallery/Museum/Teacher/ Classroom/Friend/Office/ Local/Family/Home/Mentor/ Ambassador/Meetingplace/ Entertainer/Treasure...

Cnr Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua City, Ph: +64 4 237 1511 www.pataka.org.nz

> Only 15 minutes north of Wellington > 5 main galleries showcasing contemporary Maori and Pacific Arts, as well as contemporary New Zealand, Asian and International art and culture > Cafe with Japanese garden

Discover New Zealand’s economic and banking history at the Reserve Bank Museum. Investigate the MONIAC hydraulic computer. Explore the interactive displays. See historic notes and coins from the Reserve Bank’s collection. Open 9.30 am – 4.30 pm weekdays. Closed weekends, public holidays and for special events.

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CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON 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. With specific galleries dedicated to Wellington artists and Maori and Pacific arts, City Gallery Wellington enables diverse audiences to experience art in new and inspiring ways. Open daily 10-5 (except Christmas Day). Almost always free entry. Civic Square, Wellington, phone 04 801 3021. Email citygallery@wmt.org.nz www.citygallery.org.nz

MUSEUM

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BANK OF NEW ZEALAND MUSEUM Since 1861 Bank of New Zealand has been part of New Zealand’s development. Our museum displays a unique view of New Zealand, providing insights 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. Open Monday-Friday 9.30am-4pm, except public holidays. Free entry. Level 1, Harbour Quays, 60 Waterloo Quay, (opposite Railway Station). Phone 474 6933. Email museum@bnz.co.nz

MUSEUM PETONE SETTLERS MUSEUM Celebrates the history of the local area with a contemporary visitor experience and the exhibition Tatou Tatou. Free Entry. Open Wed–Sun 10am–4pm. The Esplanade, Petone (end of Buick St), phone 04 568 8373 Email settlers@huttcity.govt.nz www.petonesettlers.org.nz

MUSEUM CABLE CAR MUSEUM Climb aboard one of the original ‘relentless red rattlers’, see the winding machinery and a fully restored grip car. Discover the unique system that has transported people between Wellington’s harbour and hills for more than 100 years. Free entry. Open every day 10am – 5pm. Top of Cable Car & Upland Road entrance to Botanical Garden. Phone 04 475 3578. www.museumswellington.org.nz

MUSEUM COLONIAL COTTAGE MUSEUM Step back in time and tour Wellington’s oldest original cottage and garden to experience family life in colonial Wellington. Original 1850’s furniture, objects and wallpaper remain in the cottage with careful restoration showcasing the construction techniques and materials of the era. Adults $8, children $4 (under 5 free). Open weekends 12 noon -4pm or by arrangement. Open every day throughout January. Free self-guided garden tour available every day. 68 Nairn Street (top of Willis Street), phone 04 384 9122. www.museumswellington.org.nz Museum listings continued on page 46.


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Te Papa Discover New Zealand’s stories and treasures at the national museum 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 environment, 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 every day. Free general admission. Cable St. Ph 381 7000. Email mail@tepapa.govt.nz www.tepapa.govt.nz

Kahu Ora | Living Cloaks Discover the world's largest collection of Ma-ori cloaks. Experience Ma-ori cloak-making and learn about great weavers of the past and present. See practising weavers in this living exhibition. Closes 21 October 2012. Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 4. Free entry.

Atareta Te- Rangima-rie Sciascia, a descendant of Ra-winia Nga-waka Tu-keke and a member of the Tu-taki whanau of Porangahau, Hawke's Bay, wears a kahu kiwi (kiwi-feather cloak) named Pi-ata. Gift of Judy La Marsh. Te Papa (ME011807). Photograph by Norm Heke. Reproduced with the kind permission of the descendants of Ra-winia Nga-waka Tu-keke.

Angels & Aristocrats Angels & Aristocrats is a stunning exhibition of 52 of the finest European paintings held in New Zealand art institutions. Opens 20 October 2012. Level 5. Free entry. Jacopo Amigoni (1675–1752) Italy, Bacchus and Ariadne, Oil on canvas Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Presented by the Neave family, 1932 [69/254]

Walter Cook: A collector’s quest Over a twenty-five-year period, Wellingtonian Walter Cook built up an extensive collection of British and European decorative arts. On now. Level 6. Free entry. “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


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Snow fun at Cardrona ©Copyright Photographer Wellington Movie Tours

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-the-scenes 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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City to Sea Bridge ©Positively Wellington Tourism

MUSEUM

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MUSEUM OF WELLINGTON CITY & SEA This historic building is crammed with the intriguing history of our capital city. Highlights are the Maori myths and legends show, the story of the 1968 Wahine ferry disaster, and 101 stories of 20th century Wellington life. Films about early Wellington and tall sailing ships are shown on a giant cinema screen stretching up three floors. Free entry. Open every day 10am-5pm. Queens Wharf (200m from bottom of Cable Car), phone 04 472 8904. www.museumswellington.org.nz

MUSEUM

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PATAKA, MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURES 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. See our website below for information on Double Vision and our other exhibitions on at this time. PATAKA, Cnr Norrie & Parumoana St, Porirua City, Wellington. Phone 237 1511. www.pataka.org.nz

MUSEUM

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THE RESERVE BANK MUSEUM celebrates and records the economic and banking history of New Zealand. Exhibits include the MONIAC hydraulic computer, notes and coins, timelines, artefacts, audio-visual and interactive displays. Open 9.30am-4pm weekdays, closed weekends, public holidays and for special events. 2 The Terrace, phone 471 3682. Email museum@rbnz.govt.nz www.rbnzmuseum.govt.nz

MUSEUM

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ZEALANDIA: THE EXHIBITION Learn about New Zealand’s remarkable natural history at this state of the art indoor attraction. Designed by world renowned model and film makers you’ll 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. There’s a cafe and gift store onsite for refreshments and retail therapy. End of Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington, phone 04 920 9200 or visit www.visitzealandia.com


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✂ HeliPro

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10% DISCOUNTT

1 complimentaryy wood fired flat bread on arrivall

off any brochured flight excl City Panorama

Conditions apply, see back of voucher

Conditions apply, see back of voucher

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Wellington i.:3F ngtˆEo&@n

✂ The Film Archive

FREE COFFEE with Cinema ticket Conditions apply, see back of voucher

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

10% DISCOUNTT off your purchasee at Te Papa Stores Conditions apply, see back of voucher

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✂ The White House

Bistro 169

Two for one entréee

50% DISCOUNTT

with à la carte main meal

off any dessert with any main meal al purchased

Conditions apply, see back of voucher

Conditions apply, see back of voucher

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✂ Movie Tours

Native NZ

SAVE $15

10% DISCOUNTT off your purchase

when 2 people travel on the Ultimate Movie Tour

Conditions apply, see back of voucher

Conditions apply, see back of voucher

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Present this voucher & receive a $5 discount off our City Tour Only. 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 EXP 30 NOVEMBER 2012 www.WellingtonSightseeingTours.com

20% OFF Aromaflex Aromatherapy Products Present this voucher and receive 20% off Aromaflex Aromatherapy products. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. 207 Cuba Street, Wellington Phone 381 4619 www.aromaflex.co.nz EXPIRES 30 NOVEMBER 2012

✂ Present this voucher and receive a 20% discount on guided public tours only. Guided tours are held on Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays except Christmas Day & Boxing Day and every day from December 27th. Bookings recommended as tour numbers are limited. To book or for further info phone: Ph 06 377 1600 EXP 30 NOVEMBER 2012 www.stonehenge-aotearoa.com

$10 DISCOUNT OFF A 2.5-HOUR NIGHT TOUR Experience ZEALANDIA’s new, state-ofthe-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, Wellington EXP 30 NOV 2012 Phone bookings 04 920 9200 www.visitzealandia.com 60001

✂ 1 COMPLIMENTARY WOOD FIRED FLAT BREAD ON ARRIVAL Present this voucher and receive one complimentary wood fired flat bread on arrival. Valid when a main dish is ordered, ONE voucher per table. Not to be used in conjunction with another offer. 15 Blair Street Phone 04 801 6615 EXPIRES 30 NOVEMBER 2012

Present this voucher and receive a 10% discount off any brochured flight excluding City Panorama. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Shed 1, Queens Wharf, Wellington 0800 435 477 or 0800 HELIPRO www.helipro.co.nz EXPIRES 30 NOVEMBER 2012

✂ 10% DISCOUNT OFF YOUR PURCHASE

Level 1, Cable Street Phone 381 7013 34 Brandon Street Phone 472 5899 www.tepapastore.co.nz EXPIRES 30 NOVEMBER 2012

FREE COFFEE WITH CINEMA TICKET 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. Cnr Ghuznee and Taranaki St, Wellington Phone 384 7647 www.filmarchive.org.nz EXPIRES 30 NOV 2012

✂ 50% Discount off any dessert Present this voucher and receive 50% discount off any dessert with any main meal purchased at Bistro 169. Valid Monday-Saturday. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Voucher not transferable. Bookings required. Bistro 169, 169 Willis Street, Wellington www.bistro169.co.nz Phone 04 385 1300 EXPIRES 30 NOV 2012

TWO FOR ONE ENTRÉE WITH À LA CARTE MAIN MEAL Present this voucher and receive two for one entrée when purchasing an à la carte main meal. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. 232 Oriental Parade, Wellington Phone 04 385 8555 email info@whr.co.nz www.whr.co.nz EXPIRES 30 NOV 2012

✂ 10% DISCOUNT OFF YOUR PURCHASE 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. 267 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington Phone 385 2238 nativenz.g@gmail.com EXPIRES 30 NOV 2012

SAVE $15 WHEN 2 PEOPLE TRAVEL ON THE ULTIMATE MOVIE TOUR Present this voucher when purchasing 2 tickets on the Ultimate Movie Tour travel for $215 and save $15. Conditions apply. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Wellington Movie Tours Ph 027 419 3077 www.movietours.co.nz EXPIRES 30 NOV 2012


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©Nick Servian PWT

Shoppers are spoilt for choice with everything from designer boutiques to malls and markets 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. Treat yourself with a visit to stylish Wellington institution, Kirkcaldie & Stains (165-177 Lambton Quay), 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 Street, to the mega malls of Lower Hutt and Porirua, and factory outlet shopping at Tawa.


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AROMATHERAPY

see ad page 55

AROMAFLEX “Experience the Joy of Aromatherapy Everyday” With over 22 years of experience we are passionate about providing only the best quality from around New Zealand and the world. Our products are direct from the growers and distillers, meaning you can get your hands on some of the most unique, organic and luxurious essential oils at affordable prices. 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington, phone 04 381 4619. Monday – Saturday 10.30-5.30pm. www.aromaflex.co.nz

DEPARTMENT STORE

see ad inside back cover

KIRKCALDIE & STAINS When in Wellington a visit to New Zealand’s premier department store is essential. You’ll find both local and imported merchandise including New Zealand gifts and souvenirs. Excellent overseas posting and packing facilities. Ask about the Travel Price offer available to international travellers. 165-177 Lambton Quay & Harbour City Centre 179 Lambton Quay, Wellington, phone 472 5899. www.kirkcaldies.co.nz

FACTORY SHOPPING

see ad inside front cover

DRESS-SMART FACTORY OUTLET SHOPPING CENTRE 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. 24 Main Road, Tawa, phone 232 0226.

GIFTS & COLLECTABLES

see ad page 51

BEARS WITH ATTITUDE We have bears for every occasion. Collectables, Limited Edition, Charlie Bears, Baby Safe and a wonderful range of Gollies. Shop 3, 2 Woodward Street, Wellington City. www.bearswithattitude.com

GIFTS & SOUVENIRS CRAFTWOOD SOUVENIRS 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. Open 7 days. Super Goldcard Business Partner. Cnr Laings Road & High Street, Lower Hutt, phone 569 2756. Fax 934 3588. Email craftwood@woosh.co.nz www.craftwoodsouvenirs.co.nz


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Wellington’s Leading Souvenir Store • NZ souvenirs, jewellery, gifts and handcrafts • Exclusive NZ T-shirts and outdoor clothing • Merino, possum knitwear and accessories • Large range of childrens clothing and toys

Optimation House • 1-13 Grey St • P: 472 6817 • wellington@simplynz.co.nz Wellington Visitors Centre • 101 Wakefield St • P: 04 802 4422 • www.simplynewzealand.co.nz Shop 3, COASTLANDS Shopping Centre, Paraparaumu • Ph/Fax 04 297 2022

We mail and ship to all parts of the world - all credit cards welcome

119 Featherston Street Wellington City

Phone 04 472 3277 www.bearswithattitude.com

We have bears for every occasion. Collectables, Limited Edition, Charlie Bears, Baby Safe and a wonderful range of Gollies.


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see ad page 53

NATIVE NEW ZEALAND Quality NZ made gifts and souvenirs. Sheepskin, possum & merino knitwear, rimu woodwork and craft, paua and greenstone jewellery, manuka honey UMF+20, natural skincare and all other souvenirs. Located in central Wellington. 267 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington. Phone 04 385 2238. Email nativenz.g@gmail.com

GIFTS & SOUVENIRS

see ad page 53

SOUVENIR FACTORY SHOP 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. 32 Tauhinu Rd, Miramar, phone 04 388 1391 www.souvenirfactoryshop.co.nz

GIFTS & SOUVENIRS

see ad page 55

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. 312 Evans Bay Parade, Greta Point, phone 386 3376. Fax 386 3379. Email sheepskinwarehouse@xtra.co.nz

GIFTS & SOUVENIRS

see ad page 51

SIMPLY NEW ZEALAND Wellington’s leading tourist shop. Specialising in New Zealand souvenirs, jewellery, gifts and handcrafts. Fashion, handcrafted knitwear, sheepskin rugs and woollen goods plus many more for that special reminder of your trip. 1-13 Grey Street, Wellington (opposite Hotel Intercontinental). Phone 472 6817. Wellington Visitors Centre, 101 Wakefield Street. Phone 802 4422. Shop 3, COASTLANDs Shopping Centre, Paraparaumu, phone/Fax 04 297 2022. Email wellington@simplynz.co.nz www.simplynewzealand.co.nz

HUTT VALLEY SHOPPING

see ad pages 72-76

HUTT VALLEY is only 15 minutes from Wellington and offers villages, high street and modern mall shopping. Jackson St, Petone for trendy and unique, seaside Eastbourne village, Lower Hutt and Experience Upper Hutt. Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre, 25 Laings Road, Lower Hutt. Phone 04 560 4715. www.huttvalleynz.com Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Phone 04 527 2168 www.upperhuttcity.com/isite ACCOMMODATION see listing page 72

LORD OF THE RINGS JEWELLERY

see ad page 49

THE OFFICIAL LORD OF THE RINGS JEWELLERY as seen in the movie trilogy is available in Middle Earth, New Zealand. Visit leading jewellery or souvenir stores today to view the full collection. Available from leading jewellery stockists and souvenir stores.

©Positively Wellington Tourism


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Quality New Zealand Made Gifts & Souvenirs

Sheepskin • Possum & merino knitwear • Rimu woodwork & craft • Paua & greenstone jewellery • Manuka honey UMF +20 • Natural skincare and all other general souvenirs

LOCATED IN WELLINGTON CITY CENTRE 267 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington Phone 04 385 2238 Fax 04 385 2239 Email nativenz.g@gmail.com


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Scent for a Healthier Future

Your Aromatherapy shop for Organic, Pure & Natural products

Essential Oils & Carrier Oils Get your bottles refilled, or get specially made blends to suit your needs. Professional advice from qualified Aromatherapistsâ&#x20AC;Ś

207 CUBA STREET, TE ARO, WELLINGTON 1Itwww.aromaflex.co.nz

Sheepskin Warehouse WE SELL DIRECT TO THE PUBLIC We stock New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest range and best quality of sheep, lambskin and possum products

Evans Bay Parade, Greta Point, Wellington. Phone 04 386 3376 Fax 04 386 3379 Email sheepskinwarehouse@xtra.co.nz Overseas posting service is available and Goods and Services Tax (GST) is deductible

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Lambton Quarter © PWT

Wellington boasts a tempting range of dining options from stylish eateries to bistros and bars For a stunning view as you dine, try the al fresco seafood restaurants at Queens Wharf and Oriental Parade, or the floating restaurant at Freyberg Lagoon. Vibrant Courtenay Place is one of the dining precincts, with a huge range of ethnic cuisines from Turkish, Thai and Greek to Indian and Italian – and it’s just a short walk to the city’s nightlife. Alternative-style Cuba Street has everything from vegetarian eateries and a foodcourt to bakeries and bars, or dine out in the historic Thorndon. 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 at Upper Hutt. BAR & RESTAURANT 3C BAR & RESTAURANT Great company, beautiful beverages, flavorsome and wholesome cuisine, warm, intimate detailed service in a stunning preserved historic building. Cnr Chews Lane & Victoria Street, Phone 913 1224. www.3cbar.co.nz

ITALIAN CUISINE see ad page 58 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, phone 499 5060 www.portofino.co.nz

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3C BAR & RESTAURANT

WELLINGTON’S ONLY HISTORIC GASTRO BAR/RESTAURANT CORNER OF CHEWS LANE AND VICTORIA STREET | +64 4 913 1224

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.” We say “New Zealand’s best organic, seasonal produce cooked with integrity and passion.”

THE WHITE HOUSE RESTAURANT 232 Oriental Parade, Wellington email info@whr.co.nz

Phone 04 385 8555 www.whr.co.nz

Situated in the grand foyer of the St James Theatre, it is the place to relax and watch life go by on bustling Courtenay Place. Great coffee, welcoming staff and 10% discount on any purchase – On presentation of this ad. Full Breakfast and Lunch available.

St James Theatre, 77 - 87 Courtenay Place Phone 802 6917 www.stjames.co.nz


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Havana Cocktails ©Pat Shepherd

PAEKAKARIKI - CASUAL DINING see ad page 60 THE FISHERMANS TABLE PAEKAKARIKI Relaxed and affordable dining overlooking the Kapiti Coastline. 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. All day dining, licensed bar and coffee from 11.30am, last orders 9pm. Turn off State Highway One, 1.2km South of Paekakariki township. Phone 292 8125. Email fishtab@xtra.co.nz

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 5060

www.portofino.co.nz


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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 Fully Licensed Restaurant Lunch: Monday-Friday 12:00pm-2:30pm Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-Late

PHUTHAI LANNA RESTAURANT Cnr Tory & Vivian St Wellington Central

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Bistro 169 169 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 47 for our 50% off any dessert with any main meal purchased offer.

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.

Foxglove Bar & Kitchen 33 Queens Wharf, Wellington ■ Phone 04 460 9410 info@foxglovebar.co.nz www.foxglovebar.co.nz Foxglove Bar & Kitchen – a jewel in the crown of Wellington's waterfront. Foxglove houses three bars; each with their own personality, adorned with a touch of 1930's glamour, sweeping harbour views and all weather outdoor areas. The perfect spot for an evening with friends. Open late 7 days, serving lunch, dinner and tapas.

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. An extensive wine list completes the true Italian dining experience.

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 in the evening but “worth the wait”.


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Restaurant 88

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 addictive .. “bellissimo!”

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 and have plenty of vegetarian options. The atmosphere is so unique you’ll forget you’re in NZ.

Restaurant 88 88 Tory Street, Wellington ■ Phone 04 385 9088 One of Wellington’s finest Vietnamese restaurants. Food lovers will find some great examples of contemporary Vietnamese cuisines at Restaurant 88. This fresh, vibrant style of cuisine offers a unique blend of ingredients and flavours from the diverse regions of Vietnam. A duo of fantastic food and service is what the restaurant is known for. Bookings recommended. www.restaurant88.co.nz

Thai Chef’s Restaurant 1 Blair Street, Wellington ■ Phone 04 385 4535 Thai Chef’s Restaurant has been honoured to receive the Thai Select label bestowed by the Royal Thai Government for recognition of their quality and authenicity of cuisine. www.thaichef.co.nz Lunch Tuesday to Friday, dinner 7 nights from 5.30pm Takeaways, dine in and fully licensed. The Pride of Thailand award presented by the National Food Institute of Thailand by the Ministry of Industry.


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Osteria Del Toro ©Pat Shepherd

The Flying Burrito Brothers Cantina and Tequileria Corner Vivian and Cuba streets, Wellington Phone 385 8811

Tasty Tequila, Flying Burritos, Chocolate Chasing Maidens, Winged Horses and Smoking Guns…Sum up the fun around what we are really about! Open 7 days from 5pm.

The General Practitioner Cnr Willis & Boulcott Street, Wellington ■ Phone 04 499 6001 Acclaimed Wellington gastropub, The General Practitioner, offers the best in NZ craft beer and wild food. National winner of the 2008 Wild Food Challenge. 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. Open from 11am daily.

Molly Malones Cnr Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street, Wellington Phone 04 384 2896 www.mollymalones.co.nz

Situated in the heart of Courtenay Place, Molly Malone’s is Wellington’s original Irish bar offering great craic, tunes and pints seven days a week. Open from 11am till late, with a proper pub grub menu, friendly staff and live music free of charge every night of the week, you’re sure to have a great time down at Molly’s.

The Tasting Room 2 Courtenay Place, Wellington Phone 04 384 1159

Renowned Wellington gastropub featuring NZ game and wildfoods paired with eclectic wine and beer matches. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner, and brunch in the weekends. Great outdoor seating area.


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From five-star hotels to inexpensive guesthouses, Wellington has all the options covered.

Qualmark New Zealand The range of facilities offered varies depending on the style of accommodation. The Qualmark star system rates various categories of accommodation in New Zealand and is a good indication of the standard of facilities. You can also ask to see the rooms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; inspections should be welcomed. HUTT VALLEY ACCOMMODATION see pages 72-76 HUTT VALLEY is only 15 minutes from Wellington and the ferry terminal. Amazing seaside village and hillside B&Bs, a range of motels through to Qualmark 5 star and two holiday parks: Top Ten Hutt Park in Hutt City and Harcourt Holiday Park in Upper Hutt. Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre, 25 Laings Road, Lower Hutt. Phone 04 560 4715. www.huttvalleynz.com Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, 90 Main Street, Upper Hutt. Phone 04 527 2141. www.huttvalleynz.com SHOPPING CENTRE see listing page 58

GUESTHOUSE see ad page 65 THE RICHMOND GUEST HOUSE Five minutes from town at the base of Mount Victoria. Bed & breakfast. Single with ensuite $75, double and twin with ensuite $95 and triple ensuite $110. Free internet access including wireless internet. 116 Brougham Street, Wellington, phone 939 4567. www.richmondguesthouse.co.nz

BACKPACKERS see ad page 65 DOWNTOWN BACKPACKERS Superbly located hostel, situated in an historic Art Deco hotel, opposite railway station, closest hostel to ferries, close to Te Papa, stadium and city. CafĂŠ and bar, wifi and internet, 24hr reception. 1 Bunny Street, Wellington. Freephone 0800 225 725. Phone 473 8482. Fax 471 1073. Email db@downtownbackpackers.co.nz www.downtownbackpackers.co.nz


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Wellington new third page coming from Spring 2010 Backpackers downtown backpackers plus Have a advert Royal Stay at the Historic Hotel Waterloo plus listing The Historic Hotel Waterloo plus coupon was chosen to host the Queen’s entourage on her 1953 Coronation Tour of New Zealand, therefore when the hotel was converted for budget accommodation, the luxuries remained. 1 Bunny Street , Wellington Freephone 0800 BAKPAK db@downtownbackpackers.co.nz www.downtownbackpackers.co.nz

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Transport & Rentals

Wellington Harbour Cruise Ship ŠPostively Wellington Tourism

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.

Airport Information Refer pages 77-78 for details.

Buses GO Wellington provides bus City area. Valley Flyer buses Eastbourne, Stokes Valley and information about bus Wellington region contact www.metlink.org.nz.

services throughout the Wellington connect Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata, and Wellington. For timetables and train services in the greater Metlink 0800 801 700 or visit

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.

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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 ($20) 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.

Taxis Corporate Cabs Hutt & City Taxis Wellington Combined Taxis

Phone 387 4600 Phone 570 0057 Phone 384 4444

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.

Vision Transport

Passenger transfers to and from airport Door to door service Very competitive set fares

Shuttle & Trailer

Charter service and group transfers to other destinations Individual door to door service Tours - distance is no barrier with tours, sightseeing and any long distance travel

VIP Transport

All services must be pre-booked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Wellington Phone 04 973 0021

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Around Wellington

Greytown ©Destination Wairarapa

Wairarapa Wairarapa is the perfect retreat, centrally placed on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Just an hour from Wellington by car or train, you’ll find characterful towns, great food, and familyowned vineyards. 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. Adults and children will love feeding the eels and spotting native birds at Pukaha Mt Bruce in northern Wairarapa. 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 entrance from 9am to 12.30pm. Fresh from Wairarapa paddocks to Wairarapa plates with locally produced vegetables, herbs, cheese, free range eggs, flowers, plants, artisan products, olive oil, cider, organic meat and beer, freshly prepared local foods, organic coffees and more. ATTRACTION see ad page 69 STONEHENGE AOTEAROA Situated in the serene environment of rural Wairarapa, a short distance from Carterton, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the ancient knowledge of their ancestors. For further information phone 06 377 1600 or visit our web site www.stonehenge-aotearoa.com

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Take time out to experience all the style and magic that is The Martinborough Hotel. Just over an hour from the Capital, on the picturesque square of Martinborough Wine Village. Book online at www.martinboroughhotel.co.nz or call 06 306 9350


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Things toPorirua See & Do

Share our paradise – Walkways, Cycleways and Beaches... Just 20 minutes north of Wellington, Porirua is a young city with a reputation for energy, creativity and talent. The City is located in a stunning natural, environment, close to the sea and a rugged coastline; surrounded by hills, and tucked alongside two harbours. Discover beautiful walks and mountain bike tracks beside tranquil waterways, sandy beaches and craggy cliff faces. Sit in the peaceful rose gardens at Aotea Lagoon, surf at Titahi Bay, or watch sunsets that write their own poetry. Scuba dive, fish for groper off the western reefs, windsurf, kayak, sail, horse ride, play a round of golf or just relax with a latté at a café. PATAKA Museum of Arts & Cultures celebrates the very best contemporary Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand art. Free Entry. Porirua City is a great shopping destination, the well North City Shopping Centre with 90 speciality shops, friendly shopping under the canopies, and a vibrant Saturday morning market. 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; boutique and special. With several fantastic restaurants and a variety of accommodation choices, it's very self-contained. You won't want to leave. So join us, explore and stay a while. GETTING TO AND AROUND PORIRUA

i-SITE Porirua City Visitor Centre 8 Cobham Court, Porirua City Phone 04 237 8088 www.poriruaNZ.com

Located on State Highway 1, 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.


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Porirua

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 Toaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formidable chief, created a new era for Porirua. Te Rauparaha rose to leadership thanks to his strong defence of his tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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Porirua land wars in 1846 led to many pa being built as well as a string of British forts, including Fort Elliot which stood where Porirua now lies. Soon after, hotels and stores opened and with the development of better roads and the rail in the 1880s, a boom time for the small village occurred, heightened by the presence of many US Marines in WWII. Although modern Porirua was planned as a residential city, a regional shopping centre was also needed. The original village was cleared and large land reclamations made way for about 100 shops in 1963. A new mall was opened in 1991, and complemented in 1995 by the covered walkways. New commercial developments pressed forward, most notably the Mega-Centre stores which began opening in November 1999. Since then, major civic developments such as the Aquatic Centre, Pataka Museum and Te Rauparaha Arena have been added to the city.

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ThingsHutt to SeeValley & Do

Hutt River

The Hutt Valley Story 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 passageway through to what is today known as Cook Strait. The force of the release of Ngake’s coiled tail carved Awakairangi – the Hutt Valley. Awakairangi – river of food from the sky. Today, the Hutt Valley is Wellington’s gateway to the great outdoors with easy access to the river, mountains and harbour. Just 15 minutes from Wellington on SH2, the Hutt Valley has unique shopping, arts, cafés, restaurants and cultural experiences.

HUTT VALLEY PUTS YOU IN THE PICTURE

Find a huge range of information about the Hutt Valley, the greater Wellington region and the rest of New Zealand at: Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre The Pavilion, 25 Laings Road Lower Hutt Phone 04 560 4715 info@huttvalleynz.com www.huttvalleynz.com w Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt Phone 04 527 2168 upperhutt@i-site.org www.upperhuttcity.com/isite w


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Hutt City The first settlers from the New Zealand Company in England arrived on the shores of Petone in 1840. Marking the place where they landed is The Petone Settlers Museum, an architectural gem which gives a great insight into the region’s history. There are many other New Zealand firsts to explore; first lighthouse, dam, garden city, public housing, mall and first rugby match in the North Island. Talk to an i-SITE Visitor Centre for more information on how to explore these historical must do’s.

Te Puna Wai Ora Spring of Life Jackson St, Petone

Jackson Street in Petone is the place to go for shops with arts, crafts, fashion and is a foodie heaven with fare won’t find anywhere else in New Zealand. The largest and newest mall in the region is in Lower Hutt at Westfield Queensgate. This is a more contemporary shopping experience mixed with some unique New Zealand treats. You can’t beat the views of the valley, the harbour and back to Wellington from the top of a Hutt City hillside. Hutt City is the gateway to the great outdoors with well-kept tracks that weave alongside rivers, through bush and over mountains. Explore as many as you can on foot, bike, horse or quad bike.

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The Hutt Valley Art and Cultural Scene – connecting the past with the present The Fantail, Pine Ave/Main Street

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The Hutt Valley continues the Lower North Island’s enormous and varied network of galleries and artisans with stories of Katherine Mansfield, James Nairn, James ChapmanTaylor and James K. Baxter. The Dowse Art Museum and Expressions and Entertainment Centre host a display of local, national and international talent. Jackson Street, Petone’s Gallery Mile, retains its 1930s architecture and the whole street is listed with NZ Historic Places Trust as a place of national significance. The Dowse Art Museum celebrates and stimulates creativity with an every-changing mix of exhibitions and events. Expressions in Upper Hutt has two galleries exhibiting a wide range of free exhibitions alongside its Genesis Energy Theatre, home to international quality performing arts and music. Local history can be explored at the Petone Settlers Museum. Visit www.huttvalleynz.com for more information on current exhibitions and events, or visit an i-SITE Visitor Centre for help with bookings, brochures and local maps.

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Upper Hutt

Staglands Wildlife Reserve

Upper Hutt â&#x20AC;&#x201C; celebrating 40 years of Staglands Wildlife Reserve 2012 is a very exciting year at Staglands Wildlife Reserve for visitors and John Simister who founded the Reserve in 1972. The 40th visitor on each day throughout the year will get free entry. For updates on the celebrations, check out www.staglands.co.nz Upper Hutt lies on the banks of the Hutt river, nestled in the bush-clad hills of the Hutt valley, just north of Wellington. Upper Hutt is an ideal place for outdoor recreational enthusiasts. Go on one of the bush walks; such as Kaitoke Regional Park, Cannon Point walkway, Tunnel Gully, or the Rimutaka Rail Trail. Head out mountain biking on the world class Karapoti circuit in the Akatarawa Valley or on the old railway route over the Rimutaka ranges. The city's recreation facilities include Mainstone Max Skate Park, H²O Xtream indoor aquatic centre, and also four golf courses all within 10 minutes drive of Upper Hutt City, as well as a separate driving range. Catch a show while you're in town or browse the art galleries at Upper Hutt's Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre www. expressions.org.nz Located on State Highway 2, it is only a 25 minute drive or a 40 minute train ride to

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Wellington City. Pop into the i-SITE Visitor Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt, phone 04 527 2168 or visit www.huttvalleynz.com for more information. Kaitoke Regional Park


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Days Bay & Eastbourne

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Cruise over to the Bays A short ferry ride across the harbour from Queen's Wharf and you'll arrive at an area long considered the "playground of Wellington." Days Bay and Eastbourne are ideal destinations to stroll along one of the two historic wharves, check out the local shops, cafes and restaurants or just relax on the beach – always the last to lose the sun! The area is a great place to enjoy Wellington, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Days Bay and Eastbourne are linked by a short leisurely walk and offer many recreational pursuits. You can kayak, bush walk, enjoy great biking, fish from the wharves and swim at the beaches or in the outdoor heated pool. The area offers visitors an array of unique galleries, gift shops, secluded courtyard dining, our well known local pub, pizza in the park, gorgeous award-winning gelato and a very popular deli. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of several top homestays and B&Bs! Visit www.huttvalleynz.com for more information.

You haven’t experienced Wellington till you’ve sailed on the Harbour Ferry!

Up to 16 return sailings daily between Queens Wharf / Matiu Somes Island / Days Bay. Also weekend Round Harbour Explorer tours calling at Petone / Matiu Somes Island / Days Bay / Seatoun / Queens Wharf For timetables and fares ph Metlink 04 801 7000 or visit our website: www.eastbywest.co.nz – Office ph 04 499 1282, daily status line ph 04 494 3339


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The airport is located 8km (5 miles) southeast of Wellington at Rongotai on Stewart Duff Drive 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 $30-$35 to the CBD to about $95 to Upper Hutt. Shuttle buses cost less (from about $16 to the CBD to about $50 to Upper Hutt if you are travelling alone) 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. 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 $8 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. Departure Tax $25, payable on leaving the country.


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

Driving To/From Wellington Airport

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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 Kapiti-Horowhenua). SH2 continues straight ahead to Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Wellington Airport is on the south coast of the Ferry Terminal North Island, so if you are travelling south by car or Aotea Quay campervan, you will need to book a ferry across Waterloo Quay the Cook Strait to Picton. There are two operators: Customhouse Quay Bluebridge Cook Strait WELLINGTON CITY CENTRE Ferry, phone 0800 844 844, Jervois Quay Oriental Parade and Interislander, phone Wakefield St 0800 802 802. Cambridge Terrace Kent Terrace From the City Mt Victoria Evans Bay Tunnel Parade The airport is located about Adelaide Ruahine St 15-20 minutes southeast of the city and is accessible via Wellington Rd Riddiford Cobham a two-lane tunnel beneath Drive Crawford Mt Victoria to Kilbirnie. Rongotai Alternatively, you can take Calabar Rd the scenic route via Oriental Bay and Point Jerningham. Allow 30 minutes during WELLINGTON peak times. AIRPORT

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A Wellington tradition  since 1863  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.

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 $50. 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 - 4pm.



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