Everyone knows Aukland, Christchurch and Queenstown as popular holiday destinations, but if you are touring the Islands of New Zealand don’t overlook the capital, Wellington. It is worth a stopover and a little wander. The first place to investigate is Cuba street, which is central to the city and just a short walk from the harbour.
Cuba street is renowned for it’s cool cafes and funky eating houses. And if you are looking for interesting gifts you can meander the street checking out the little shops along the way. There is plenty to keep you enthused as local entrepreneurial designers survive by mixing up their own locally produced wares with quirky eclectic products from other parts of the world.
To get an overview of NZ’s rich culture and heritage head to Te Papa – their National museum. This is a fantastic building filled with contemporary and Maori exhibitions, artworks and displays. Start at the top viewing level for spectacular harbour scenery, then wander though the four stories of artefacts. If you love museums you will want to allow at least half a day here.
After a nice meal, stretch and more nick knack treasures packed to take home, you will be ready to hop back into the hire car or winnerbacker and head for the big local attraction, Lord of the Rings ‘Weta Cave‘, before heading to ‘Hobbiton‘ closer to Hamilton …nothing like a road trip, right!