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Clouston House Bed and Breakfast
shopping in Wellington, Photo courtesy of WellingtonNZ.orgThe Michael Fowler Centre-. WellingtonNZ.com

"Wellington is internationally renowned as the arts and culture capital of New Zealand."

The Wellington Region

We are both passionate about the Wellington Region, Joe has lived in Wellington all his life and Harriet decided to move to New Zealand after having fallen in love with Wellington. We just love it!!

Oriental Bay At Night, Wellington WellingtonNZ.com
Oriental Bay At Night. Photo courtesy of WellingtonNZ.com

Clouston House is located centrally within the Wellington Region. We are within an hours drive of Wellington city, the ferry terminal and the airport. The Kapiti Coast and Martinborough are within a 40 minute drive.

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Courtenay Place Wellington Night Life. Photo courtesy of WellingtonNZ.com

Wellington is internationally renowned as the arts and culture capital of New Zealand. It also has an excellent range of cafes and restaurants. What we both love about Wellington is its setting, trapped between the hills and a magnificent harbour, and surrounded by some of the most rugged and beautiful coastline scenery in the world. It is the outdoor activities that have enchanted us.

Included below are a number of our favourite activities within the Region

Outdoor

Enjoy a memorable horseback adventure on one of the guided horse treks offered by the Country Club Riding Academy. Experience the best of Wellington with a cruise out on the city's Dominion Post Ferry service. Go deep-sea fishing with one of the local charters. On a clear day enjoy the panoramic views from the Skyline Walkway taking in the Kaikōura Ranges, the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington City and harbour, and the Tararua and Orongorongo ranges. Spend the day relaxing on one of the many long and sandy beaches along the Kapiti Coast.

 Moutain Bikes at Mount Victoria, WellingtonNZ.com
Moutain Bikes at Mount Victoria. Photo courtesy of WellingtonNZ.com

Botanical and Wildlife

Highlights of the Wellington Botanical Garden are the views, the rose garden and the sculpture walk. The gardens can be accessed via a cable car from Lambton Quay, the city's main shopping street. Experience some of New Zealand's rarest native animals in their natural environment at the Karori Sanctuary. Otari-Wilton's Bush features rare native plants and a tree top walkway. See native fur seals, wild goats, rugged coastal views and terrain on a Seal Coast Safari.

Arts

Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum is a world –leading and interactive museum that gives an insight into past and present. The New Dowse in Lower Hutt boasts wide-ranging exhibitions that cut across fine art, crafts, design and even film. PATAKA in Porirua is dedicated to celebrating the best in contemporary Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand art. City Gallery, Wellington's contemporary public art gallery has forged a reputation for thought-provoking and innovative exhibitions or art, architecture and design. Step into a world of contemporary Maori art and New Zealand design at Kura Gallery.

The New Dowse, Art Gallery in Lower Hutt, Wellingtonnz.com
The New Dowse art gallery. Photo courtesy of WellingtonNZ.com

Golf

Paraparaumu Beach Club is New Zealand's best example of a classic sand-based links-style course. Its exposure to contrary winds, narrow fairways, unpredictable humps and hollows, make it one of the greatest golf challenges you can find anywhere. Hutt Club in Lower Hutt is notable for its flat fairways, contoured greens and prolific mounds and dips. Manor Park and Wellington Club both in the Hutt Valley are also very fine courses.

Vineyards

Wine lovers should not stay in Wellington without visiting Martinborough in the Wairarapa with its many exceptional vineyards. Our personal favourite is the Murdoch James Blue Rock vineyard which produces superb Pinot Noirs and Syrah. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the vineyard's café. On the way over to Martinborough we recommend a stop to browse the shops and enjoy a coffee in the charming Wairarapa town of Greytown.

Murdoch James Blue Rock Vineyard
Murdoch James Blue Rock Vineyard in Martinborough.

Sporting Events

Combine a visit for a rugby test match or concert at the Westpac Stadium. How about a summer cricket match at the Basin Reserve or racing at Trentham with a relaxing stay in the country?