Explore the delights of Wellington - a capital location for your ideal New Zealand holiday.
Centrally located in this two-island nation, the national capital is packed with culture and impressive landscapes which are easy to explore on a Wellington holiday from The Co-operative Travel.
A Wellington holiday is your chance to discover the treasures and the culture which lie at the heart of both the Maori civilisation and that of the settlers which now call the city and the country home.
Wellington is a fitting capital for this beautiful country, enveloped by dramatic hills and boasting a rugged coastline which perfectly encapsulates the nation's raw, natural beauty.
It is also a city in touch with the nation's heritage, which is dramatically displayed at Te Papa, the national Museum of New Zealand which boasts imagination-sparking interactive exhibits.
To holidaymakers' delight, it is also a capital city with a number of beaches, the best of which is at Scorching Bay, where miles of soft sand are gently caressed by the Pacific waves. Owhiro Bay is the other major beach, distinguished by its prominent shipwreck, and with calm waters popular with fishermen in the afternoon.
Accommodation in Wellington covers all bases, from no-frills backpackers' hostels, through international chains, to five-star luxury with every conceivable comfort on hand, so you can choose a package holiday or all-inclusive holiday which fits your budget and requirements.
Exploring the Wellington coastline is a rewarding experience, especially along the jaw-droppingly beautiful Kapiti coast with its world-famous offshore bird sanctuary, where the beautiful scenery has led to the development of a number of luxury developments. More active visitors will be drawn to the rugged Hutt Valley, an area offering plenty of chances for outdoor and sporting activities, including coast walks, fishing, golfing, mountain biking and four-wheel drive tours.
In and around Wellington itself, Frank Kitts Park is a centre for family-based activities including cycling, rollerblading and skateboarding as well as a number of water-borne pursuits, while the Staglands Wildlife Reserve is home to many protected indigenous animals including fallow deer, and birds such as teal and ducks.
Wellington is known as New Zealand's café capital, with more than 400 eateries to choose from. Logan Brown Restaurant and Bar is the favourite haunt of many locals, while Malacca is styled like an outdoor villa, and offers international dishes including Chinese and Thai, with seafood specialities.
The city also has several prestigious concert halls and theatres, and vies with Auckland for the title of the nation's party centre. Many bars, clubs and cafes put on live music to bring in the crowds at weekends.
A bubbling and bright metropolis, Wellington offers much to pack into your time here, whether you're on a long-awaited Wellington break, or have been lucky enough to snap up a last-minute holiday.
Check with The Co-operative Travel to see the latest availability of Wellington holidays, and then book your break with us - make sure you find a holiday that fits you like a well-worn boot!