Winter wonderland in Wellington

By New Zealand / Wellington /

Winter in Wellington. New Zealand’s north island is an absolute gem at any time of year, but even more so in winter. Not only will you generally find the roads are quieter and there are no lines to get into most places. You have the freedom to move at your own pace and book as you go along.

Many people will flock to the south island for winter on the ski fields. But Wellington has plenty to offer plus more. Pick up a hire car from Wellington airport and make this the place of your next winter getaway.

Choose from these things to do…

Go shopping

Shopping is always a good idea on a rainy day and Wellington has many charming shopping hotspots. Cuba Street is known for its vintage stores, such as Ziggurat, along with boutique stores and New Zealand designers. Lambton Quay is also popular with locals. But if you’re also looking for all sorts of handmade arts and crafts, the Wellington Night Market or the Underground Market will serve you perfectly.

Have a go at ice skating

Wellington turns into a winter wonderland when the colder months hit. There are ski fields nearby, but if you want something very quick and easy then you’re in luck! In recent years the city has started hosting its very own outdoor ice rink when the mercury plummets. It’s a great way to have fun, learn some new skills and exercise all at the same time.

Explore Zealandia Sanctuary

Travel just a few minutes from downtown Wellington and you’ll discover the joys of the Zealandia Sanctuary. Stroll through the area and you’ll be able to spot geckos, parrots and even the endangered little spotted kiwis. It’s worth joining a guided tour of the sanctuary to learn more about these creatures. Tours run during the day, in the evenings and at night. Each offers a different experience.

Tour Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is a nature reserve and it’s home to some of the country’s most endangered birds. It’s not just the island but also the waters surrounding Kapiti Island that make it a safe haven for endangered species, so they can thrive again. The number of people who can visit the 10km long island each day is limited. Only licensed tour operators are allowed to bring visitors to the island.

Jump on board the Northern Explorer Train

When the time comes for you to leave Wellington and head north to Auckland, you’ll want to make sure you do it the right way. Sure, you can easily catch a flight. But why not buy a ticket for the Northern Explorer Train, so you can spend hours passing beautiful scenery? You’ll pass snow-capped mountains, rolling hills and pristine rivers.


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Wellington in winter – 4 great things to do

By New Zealand / Wellington /

Are you looking for a winter holiday in New Zealand? Discover Wellington and its amazing attractions. Check out this list of the most popular things to do in Wellington if you want to ride cable cars and take a Lord of the Rings tour.

But you can also add some other great attractions. Just hire a car from Wellington Airport and check out the list below.

Just a few minutes from downtown Wellington is a whole new world. ZEALANDIA is home to the country’s most unique wildlife. Venture into the beautiful Sanctuary Valley to spot geckos, playful forest parrots called kaka and many other animals. You can also tour ZEALANDIA at night. This will get you closer to nocturnal animals, such as endangered little spotted kiwis.

Weta Cave
Travel behind the scenes at Weta Cave. A guided tour of the Weta Workshop teaches you about the skills and creativity required to perfect this art. Come close to sculptures of famous characters from your favourite childhood movies. You’ll also get to watch videos about the artists who created them.

Space Place at Carter Observatory
The Carter Observatory is at the top of Wellington’s Cable Car attraction. This world-class site has many multi-media galleries. The virtual space journeys teach you about the latest advancements in astronomy. You’ll also learn about early Maori navigation techniques, as you study the night skies. It’s a fun and interactive experience. It’s bound to inspire the family.

Northern Explorer Train
Take a trip on the Northern Explorer Train when you leave Wellington for Auckland. You’ll pass snow-blanketed mountains and rolling green hills. There are also gorgeous country towns and coasts. The rugged terrain is beautiful. You’ll pass spectacular volcanic mountains and stunning river gorges in the Tongariro National Park. This journey won’t disappoint.



Places to park your campervan in Wellington

By New Zealand / Wellington /

Pick up a great campervan deal from Wellington and visit some of the exciting attractions the city has to offer.

If in need of some ideas of great places where you can park your campervan in Wellington, read on.

Wellington’s Kiwi Holiday Park
This family run holiday park is tucked away in the scenic parklands of the Akatarawa Valley in Upper Hutt. It’s set on 32 hectares of peaceful native bush and parkland, surrounded by wildlife and a river running through the area. It’s location makes it an ideal setting for a relaxing stopover when heading to or from New Zealand’s South Island.

Camp Elsdon
This family-friendly camp overlooks the magnificent Porirua Harbour and is surrounded by native bush. There’s are many fantastic bush walks and bike tracks around Camp Elsdon, and they’ll treat you to amazing, panoramic views of Porirua, Wellington and the South Island.

Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park
Drive straight off the ferry from the South Island and into the Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park. It may not have the recreational facilities you’d find elsewhere, but it’s convenient location – close to major tourist attractions, cafes and bars – makes it a great place to base yourself when exploring Wellington.

Paekakariki Holiday Park
About half an hour from Wellington City, Paekakariki Holiday Park sits on 11 acres of park-like grounds. It boasts full park amenities, and it’s only a 10-minute walk to the lovely township of Paekakariki. There are also dog friendly campsites available – so why not bring every member of the family along?

Capital Gateway Motor Inn
It’s touted as “the best location to enjoy New Zealand’s capital city”. The Capital Gateway Motor Inn is located just minutes from the city centre and the waterfront, so you’re close to all of the city’s main attractions. There’s also a cosy bar and restaurant open every night of the week.


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Five adventures you can’t miss in Wellington

By New Zealand / Wellington /

When visiting beautiful New Zealand, a stopover in Wellington is a must. There are many exciting attractions around the city and they’re all accessible with a car. Rent a car from DriveNow and explore everything Wellington has to offer.

Climb Mount Victoria
At nearly 200 metres tall, Mount Victoria is far from being New Zealand’s highest peak. However, it definitely offers some of the best views in the country. With 360 degree views of Wellington harbour and the CBD, it’s a climb you’re bound to enjoy.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
This museum showcases the best of New Zealand’s history, art and Maori culture. ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ translates into ‘container of treasures’ and under Te Papa’s roof is six floors of cultural treasures and interactive displaces. With free entry, it’s a wonderful destination for the family, and it also educates and entertains visitors.

Ride the historical Cable Car
Step on board this iconic Wellington attraction. The cable car runs from Lambton Quay to the top of Kelburn, offering amazing views the entire way. You’ll also come across the Space Place at Carter Observatory, which showcases interactive displays. Best of all, is the historic telescopes and the digital planetarium, which you can explore.

Lord of the Rings tour
From Wellington, you can join tours which take you to some of the locations made famous by Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Journey through the scenic countryside, which would be more familiar to LOTR fans as Middle Earth. You’ll also tour the Weta Studios, where you’ll learn about the movie’s production and behind-the-scenes stories.

Visit Oriental Bay
When in Wellington, one must spend some time along the city’s waterfront. Relax on the shore or venture along the boardwalk. There are many cafes, parks and bars dotted along the shore. On weekends, crowds flock to the area to browse market stalls. It’s a busy part of Wellington, but also very relaxing.



Wellington for jazz lovers

By New Zealand / Wellington /

From Thursday 6 June until Saturday 8 June, Wellington central will come alive with all things jazz.Hundreds of musicians, many of whom are of international standard, are descending on the capital’s famous Cuba quarter for three days of contemporary and traditional jazz as well as soul, rhythm and blues, reggae, Latin and gospel. No matter your taste or budget, the Wellington Jazz Festival will have something for you.

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The North Island Foodie Road Trip

By Auckland / New Zealand / North Island / Wellington /

Zealand is a nation of foodies, so it only makes sense to visit the culinary hotspots of the country.

Here’s your guide for where to go to with your Wellington or Auckland car hire to keep your taste buds happy when travelling through the North Island!


Ask any Kiwi from the North island, the Coromandel is the place to go for oysters. It’s not bad as a holiday spot either, but that’s another story. The Coromandel Oyster Company is right in the heart of the Coromandel and offers fresh pacific oysters from the farm gate – as well as a multitude of other oceanic delights from the area.


Kapiti is a small area just an hour away with a Wellington car hire and while small, cannot be missed because it is home to two of New Zealand’s best dairy products. The name Kapiti goes hand-in-hand with both ‘cheese’ and ‘ice cream’. Cheeses from here are known throughout the country as award-winning favourites, and the ice cream comes in divine flavours like ‘lemongrass and ginger’ or ‘blue berry muffin’.


New Zealand’s capital city is known around the world as having more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York. In particular, the ‘best little capital in the world’ is known for its cafes. It’s hard to go wrong here, so grab a coffee and a bite to eat in any one of them and see for yourself.


Many visitors to New Zealand will be interested in the indigenous Maori culture, and of course, their traditional food. In Rotorua you can book yourself a tour of the Tamaki Maori village, where you will be treated to a hangi feast. Your meal will be prepared in a traditional earth oven with native herbs by the local Maori chef.

This trip will only take you three hours from Auckland with a car or campervan rental.