Outdoor and adventure in Wellington
Nestled between hills and harbour, you’re never far from nature in Wellington. Hear native birds on a walk in the lush Town Belt that surrounds the city, kayak on the harbour to explore beautiful bays and beaches or go for a bike ride along one of Wellington’s incredible trails.
Ride the Remutaka Cycle Trail
Pick up a bike from the city or from Petone and spend a morning or full day experiencing the Remutaka Cycle Trail. Ride the trail through bush-clad river valleys, an historic rail trail and around the Remutaka Range looping back to the Hutt Valley via the dramatic Orongorongo coast.
Take a day trip to Kapiti Island
Visit Kapiti Island for a unique opportunity to view a range of New Zealand's most endangered and rare birds. Take a day trip and be inspired by the remnant native forest and unique wildlife on renowned bird sanctuary, Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve, just an hour north of Wellington.
Explore the Wellington Regional Trails
Find your wild on one of Wellington’s regional trails. There’s a range of short walks, hikes, mountain bike trails and horse-riding tracks, so there is something for everyone to explore.
Challenge yourself at Adrenalin Forest
Challenge yourself on the playground in the trees at Adrenalin Forest, a high excitement activity in an outdoor forest setting. Realise your potential and get your blood pumping at their multi-level aerial obstacle course made up of series of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and flying foxes from platforms constructed in the tree canopy.
Go on an adventure with Seal Coast Safari
Enjoy your morning or afternoon on a half day 4WD adventure. Take a Seal Coast Safari across the rugged and remote south coast of Wellington. See animals including ostriches, wild goats and deer as well as a colony of New Zealand fur seals. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the South Island... but the South Coast is even more inspiring on a blustery day!
Visit the Te Taiao Nature Exhibiton at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
If you want to know more about New Zealand’s creatures and critters, head to Te Taiao Nature, an exhibition at Te Papa Museum that celebrates our weird and wonderful wildlife. It tells the story of our shaky isles and their seismic history, how this influenced our incredible native flora and fauna, and what we're doing today to protect our natural treasures.
See native wildlife at Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne
The best way to explore Zealandia is with a guide - they really know their stuff. The two-hour tours that depart four times a day are an ideal introduction, letting you soak up the scenery while guides track down even the rarest wildlife.
Hire an electric bike and explore Wellington city and suburbs
Hire an e-bike and get to places such as the Mt Victoria Lookout with ease. When you pick up your bike from Switched on Bikes, you will be provided with riding instructions, a helmet, a lock and a cycle map of the city, including top picks of places to stop on your ride.
Catch the ferry over to Days Bay
Catch the East by West Ferry across Wellington Harbour to Matiu/Somes Island, a tranquil predator free wildlife reserve, and onto Days Bay in Eastbourne, a popular swimming beach during the summer months. From here, hire bikes to cycle around to Pencarrow Coast to check out the historic lighthouses and incredible views across the harbour.
Continue to Marlborough
When you are ready to move on, take a 35-minute flight across or a three-hour scenic cruise through the Cook Strait to the Marlborough region. Travel with Interislander and experience one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. Cruise through the magnificent Wellington Harbour, view the rugged lower North Island coastline, cross Cook Strait, before finally enjoying the peaceful Marlborough Sounds.Travel South
Continue to Wairarapa
Alternatively, if you are travelling north along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail you will be heading to the boutique vineyards of the Wairarapa region. This section of the drive is about 75-minutes where you will drive across the Remutaka Ranges.Travel North