Wellington Car Rental Road Trips
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Wellington, named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo, is the capital city of New Zealand. Located at the bottom tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range, Wellington offers a great base for exploring the area in your rental car. Hit the road to experience some of these great attractions or head further afield on a road trip.
Wellington showcases a variety of architectural styles and contains many sculptures and structures for those interested in art and architecture. It is sometimes referred to as the “coolest little capital in the world” and is the political centre of New Zealand, housing Parliament, the head offices of all Government Ministries and Departments and the bulk of the foreign diplomatic missions in New Zealand.
There is a wide range of activities available for all tastes – from culture to coffee, music to movie-making, Wellington’s sights and sounds will keep you busy on your visit. There is the iconic Te Papa Museum which is home to many New Zealand treasures, Wellington Zoo with more than 500 animals, and you can get a taste of “Wellywood” at the Weta Cave movie museum or just watch the world go by at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden sand inner-city beach. Other attractions to add to your list include the Wellington Cable Car, ZEALANDIA and the Carter Observatory.
Wildlife, heritage and natural beauty await at Staglands Wildlife Reserve. For the more adventurous, Quad Bike Expeditions will take you to Turakirae Head or you may also hire a bike and explore the 28-kilometers of Hutt River Trail leading to the historic Pencarrow Head. Take a ferry across Wellington harbour to the upmarket Eastern Bay Villages with a stop on the nature reserve of Matiu/Somes Island.
Wellington Road Trips
Porirua is just 20 minutes north of Wellington and offers peaceful surroundings with vibrant culture, art, shopping and outdoor activities. A large area of walking and cycling tracks makes this city a good fit for recreational activities.
Just over an hour from Wellington is Wairarapa, one of the country’s wine regions. For those with a palate for fine wine, food, exploring and relaxing, a day visit or an overnight stay at Wairarapa is the perfect complement to your visit to Wellington. With over 36 wineries located around the town of Martinborough, you can discover a number of boutique family owned vineyards on foot or by bike. In Greytown, gourmet chocolate, French pastries, superb coffee and stylish shopping are just around the corner.
Head to Palliser Bay, and see the evocative Putangirua Pinnacles and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. Spend an afternoon in Masterton and find out more about sheep farming at the New Zealand Shear Discovery Centre. Riversdale and Castlepoint have some of the best swimming, surfing and fishing beaches on the coast and off State Highway 2, there are rolling hills, lush valleys and vineyards. Drive out to Gladstone and stop for a bite at the Gladstone Inn or the café at Gladstone Vineyard.
The city of Wellington offers the tourist a quirky cosmopolitan experience and particularly comes to life on the weekends. The Wellington region offers a wide range of activities to explore and is well worth putting aside some time to discover its nooks and crannies.
Getting around Wellington is easy with a rental car and there are plenty of options for you to choose from.
New Zealand Rent A Car has car rental locations throughout New Zealand and the North Island, including a handy Wellington car rental depot, offering a range of reliable affordable rental cars to suit your budget.
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