This charming village is central to several boutique wineries in the area.
There are 20 vineyards producing limited quantities of varietals and blends.
However, it's Pinot Noir is what the region is well known.
a tasting tour around the 20 wineries. Spend an afternoon quad biking and
clay target shooting.
As far as cities go, Wellington is certainly a mover and a shaker - and
not just because of its proximity to a major fault line. In recent years
it has undergone quite a cultural revolution.
new cafés and restaurants have opened.
Step on a suburban train and, on the other side of a rail tunnel or two,
you'll emerge in one of the three other cities of the region.
Porirua is one of the youngest and most culturally diverse cities in the
Wellington region. It is close to many outdoor activities, especially sailing,
fishing and swimming at the nearby beaches.
must-see visit is Pakata - the Museum or Arts and Culture.
Shop at the early morning Saturday market to get the freshest fruit and
vegetables, and a myriad of ethnic foods.
Set at the base of the Rimutaka Range, Upper Hutt is at the northern-most
reaches of the larger Wellington metropolitan area. The nearby Hutt River
is known for its trout fishing, and there are many mountain biking tracks
in the surrounding hills.
the steam engine and vintage vehicle museum. Go hiking in the Kaitoke Regional
Unsurprisingly, situated just south of Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt is Wellington
suburbia at its best. One such suburb, Petone, has the distinction of being
the first organised European settlement in New Zealand.
a look at the Dowse contemporary art and design museum.
Step back in time at the Petone Settlers Museum.
Wairarapa's biggest town, Masterton is a hive of activity in the region.
It hosts the annual International Golden Shears competition between all
the top sheep shearers in the world.
outdoor swimming pool complex has one of the longest hydroslides in the
country. The Shear Discovery centre celebrates the cultural contribution
wool has made to New Zealand.