I travelled on super quick 3 day trip to Wellington with NZ Tourism.
We flew with Air New Zealand, even though older aircraft is used to service this route it was a comfortable 3 hour journey. The food on board was very nice and the service was good.
We squeezed in plenty of great activities and sightseeing during our short stay:
We visit the World of Wearable Arts Show (or WOW as they call it). This was fantastic and very unusual. All the art was created with basic materials like spoons, rubber bands, tulle etc.
That evening we enjoyed some fine food at the 1 hatted Hippopotamus Restaurant at The Museum Art Hotel. It’s French inspired dining and the food was amazing!!
We stayed overnight at the Museum Art Hotel. It was mid renovations during our stay but you could see it was going to look beautiful when complete. We were in renovated rooms and they were large, well-appointed and very comfortable.
Was spent in the Waiarapa region and was a busy day! We did a 32 km cycle tour along the Rimutaka Trail, which is an old rail line converted to a trail. The scenery was amazing but there were lots of hills. The ride was very well organised but you do need to be a reasonable cyclist to do this as about 24kms of the trail is through the mountains!
We finished in Martinborough Wine region (we deserved wine after that ride!).
That evening we enjoyed a cooking school at the Two Short Whites Café in Martinborough which is owned by 2 sisters. The food was fantastic and they were great hosts with lots of stories to tell. A definite highlight of the weekend!!
We stayed overnight (and slept very well) at The Martinborough Hotel. This is a Bed and breakfast style property and is just gorgeous –my favourite of the weekend! It was country style with a modern twist and had lovely views of the Town.
Day 3 –
Our last day was back in Wellington. We visit Te Papa Museum which is really interesting and well worth a visit, I could have easily spent more time exploring it further as there was plenty of history and exhibits to enjoy.
Then it was on to the Weta Centre, which is where costumes, movie sets etc. are made for the many movies produced here, such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series.
We finished with a beautiful dinner in the CBD at The Bresolin Restaurant which is a-la carte and was yet another delicious dinner!
I thoroughly enjoyed Wellington and surrounds and would definitely recommend it for a weekend away and as a must visit in any NZ holiday itinerary.