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Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour and surrounded by rolling hills, it's a city waiting to be explored. Find out a bit about Wellington before you arrive. Here you'll find some interesting facts and figures and information about the history of the city we love.

The Wellington Region

Explore the great outdoors, shop till you drop, sample the culinary delights, and wander picturesque vineyards. Experience the best New Zealand has to offer- all right on Wellington's doorstep.

Lower Hutt (also known as Hutt City) is a 15 minute drive north-east of Wellington. The gateway to the great outdoors of the Wellington region, it attracts walkers, runners, mountain bikers and horse trekkers. Here you'll find fantastic recreation opportunities, while buzzing cafes and great shops are never far away. It is also home to leading-edge art museum TheNewDowse.

Upper Hutt is a destination for lovers of the outdoors. 30 minutes from Wellington, you'll find the pristine Hutt River, stunning native forest and riverside trails suitable for walkers, joggers and cyclists. Keen golfers will enjoy a round at one of its picturesque golf courses. Upper Hutt is also home to Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre.

Porirua, 15 minutes drive north of Wellington, offers culture and breathtaking rural scenery. Its rugged coastal setting provides a natural backdrop for water-sports, including windsurfing, sailing and diving. For a change of pace, relax and spend the day exploring the shops and markets, or visit the award-winning PATAKA Museum- the cultural heart of Porirua.

Kapiti Coast- known as Nature Coast, offers a quintessential New Zealand experience just a 40 minute drive north of Wellington. Sample some of the local cheeses, ice creams, chocolates and other specialist small goods produced in the area. Or take a day trip to the unique Kapiti Island, home to many rare and endangered birds.

Wairarapa is Wellington's wine region, is only 90 minutes drive from Wellington. It offers the perfect escape, with a strong focus on gourmet flavours and experiences. Discover the boutique wine-village of Martinborough, or the charming antique and crafts stores of Greytown.