On the final leg of your 10-day road trip, make sure to get an early start as you make your journey from Hawke’s Bay to New Zealand’s capital near South Island, Wellington. At 326 km, it is quite a distance, but sailing along the New Zealand east coast and taking in the stunning vistas of rolling hills will remind you why it’s worth it. As soon as you check into your accommodation in Wellington, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene. Take time out to sample excellent coffee and local wine at award-winning restaurants and craft breweries, and enjoy cultural attractions such as the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Mount Victoria, Wellington Botanic Gardens, Wellington Cable Car, and City Gallery Wellington. There’s something for everyone in this UNESCO City of Film – so don’t miss out!
Sightseeing #1: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which takes its name from the Māori language and translates to “Our Container of Treasured Things and People from Mother Earth”, is an attraction that draws in vast numbers of tourists due to its vast cultural exhibits. It is a merger between two individual galleries, The National Art Gallery and The National Museum, combined under the umbrella of parliament in 1992. With over 1.5 million people visiting every year, this gallery has become New Zealand’s 17th-most-visited place for art, making it a must-see for all visitors to the city. Te Papa works closely on embracing bicultural philosophy across all its displays, helping ensure that all story behind the items being showcased is brought to life with purpose and emphasis.
Sightseeing #2: Wellington Cable Car
The Wellington Cable Car is a unique experience that has been captivating visitors to the city since 1902. An iconic landmark and engineering feat of its time, it takes just 5 minutes to travel up and over the Hillside terraced houses of Kelburn and provides breathtaking vistas of the city below. A total of three tunnels and bridges traverse as the railway ascends, offering remarkable panoramas of Wellington’s rolling hills and waterfront areas. The journey is a must-do for any visitor seeking an overview of what makes this city so special.