Things to do
There are some amazing experiences to be had at either end of your ferry journey. Here are some things not to miss when visiting Wellington and Marlborough.
New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington is alive with culture, history, food, fashion – and fantastic coffee. This compact little city is easy to navigate on foot or by public transport.
Okay we’re stating the obvious, but you can’t come to Wellington without visiting our amazing national museum Te Papa.
Take a virtual journey through space at the Carter Observatory
The Cable Car is Wellington’s oldest attraction. Catch it from the city centre up to the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Thorndon.
4. Nature buzz
Experience an array of native plant and bird species only minutes from the city centre at Zealandia – Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.
See the seals of Wellington’s south coast with the Seal Coast Safari.
It’s been said that there are more eateries per capita in Wellington than New York. Time your visit during Wellington on a Plate or take a behind the scenes Zest Food Tour. Otherwise here are our current picks:
- For dinner - Sweet Mother's Kitchen
- For lunch – Caffe L'Affare
- For drinks on the waterfront - Foxglove
Wellington has something to offer every shopaholic, from clothes, art and home-ware to jewellery, gifts and crafts.
8. Go wild
Wellington Zoo is a capital highlight for the young and young at heart.
The view from Mount Victoria over the harbour and city is one of the best views around. Explore some of the town belt walks while you’re there.
A visit to Wellington wouldn’t be complete without taking in New Zealand's Parliament Buildings. Take a free tour of the famous Beehive and see history as it happens.
To find out more about all that Wellington has to offer, check out wellingtonnz.com
The Marlborough region is a favourite holiday destination for Kiwis and overseas travellers alike. From enjoying a world-famous Sauvignon Blanc at one of the many wineries to swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds, it’s the perfect place to explore and relax.
1. Queen Charlotte Track
Walk, cycle or kayak the Queen Charlotte Track – world-renowned for its coastal views, historical landmarks and wonderful variety of native bush and wildlife.
2. Chill-out in Picton
Relax on Picton’s picturesque foreshore with mini golf, children’s playground and marina or browse this historic port town’s cafes, galleries and shops
3. Beachcomber cruises
Cruise through the serene Marlborough Sounds with one of Beachcomber’s famous boat trips
4. Visit a winery
You’re in Sauvignon Blanc country. With so many Marlborough wineries to choose from, why not take advantage of a pre-arranged wine tour with a local tour operator.
5. Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary
Birds in the Sounds will soon be able to find a safe home as the Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary takes shape on Picton’s doorstep.
6. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Personal stories from the Great War come to life at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
7. Sounds Connection Tour
Get lost in the Sounds, a spectacular maze of waterways, coves and headlands with a Sounds Connection tour
8. Catch your next meal
9. Explore Marlborough’s rivers
Sunbathe on the banks of the Pelorus, go white water rafting on the Clarence, or if you fancy some fly fishing hire a guide to take you to some of their secret spots.
10. Mussel up
After a hard day’s sightseeing, chill out with a glass of Marlborough wine and some freshly caught mussels in Havelock, the Green Shell Mussel Capital of the World