The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are the heart of sunny Hawkes Bay, a region known for its award-winning wines, sunshine and gourmet produce. Napier and Hastings are a huge draw card for visitors who come to see their art deco gems. 1931 Napier Earthquake The morning of 3 February 1931 was just like any other morning in eastern Hawke’s Bay.The people of Napier and Hastings were going about their normal business. But under their feet, over thousands of years, the Hawke Bay-Napier fault had been accumulating pressure. At 10.47am the fault lost its ability to withstand the strain and below the surface it started to slip and unleash enormous energy. The resulting earthquake measured an enormous 7.8 on the Richter scale.The ground lurched in every direction. People were thrown to the ground, fountains of sand and mud erupted from beneath paddocks and streets, and buildings swayed until they could stand the shaking no longer and collapsed. Every house in Napier had been damaged in some way and anything that was not well secured was brought down. Whole buildings had been shaken into piles of rubble. Others were resting at strange angles or had large parts of their structures in tatters around them. Small fires broke out throughout the town and became raging infernos that were difficult to extinguish. The fires, fanned by sea breezes, burned virtually uncontrolled in Napier town for two days. When the fires were finally put out and the missing people recovered from collapsed and damaged buildings, it was found that 256 people had lost their lives: 161 in Napier, 93 in Hastings, and two in Wairoa. The shaking generated from the Hawke’s Bay earthquake lasted for almost two full minutes – The towns were rebuilt after the Hawke’s Bay Earthquake, Napier began re-building and now the city is world famous for its Art Deco buildings and celebrates its heritage each February with the Art Deco Weekend. An exhibition on the earthquake, its causes and impact, at the Hawkes Bay Museum is a popular destination for visitors and now contain some of the world’s best examples of deco architecture. One trivial fact is that the region has a hill with the longest place name in New Zealand, and the longest in the world according to the 2009 Guinness Book of Records, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki-maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the longest place name in the world. It is the name given by the local Maori people, Ngati Kere to a hill to celebrate the eponymous ancestor Tamatea Pokai Whenua. is an unremarkable hill in southern Hawke's Bay,
Bella Vista Motel 314 Hastings Street Napier (06) 835 9599 Free phone 0800 235528). Business or pleasure - whatever the reason for visiting the Art Deco capital of the world, the Bella Vista Motel Napier can fulfill your accommodation requirements. A great central Napier location with 18 superior motel units, close to shops, restaurants and the famed Marine Parade with it's Norfolk pines. Tour the unique architecture of the city or stroll the oceanside walkway, where you will encounter the Hawke's Bay Aquarium, Weekend Farmer's Market, Mini-Putt, Roller Rink, Garden of Remembrance, and Ocean Spa swimming complex. Experience any of the numerous craft, antique and wine trails in the area. 2 studio rooms approximately 4mtr by 4mtr, 1 with adjoining room. Closest motel to town center. http://www.bellavistamotels.co.nz/new-zealand/napier/
The Crown HotelCnr Bridge Street and Hardinge Road Ahuriri, Napier Free phone (NZ): 0508 843 276 Tel. 0 6 833 8300 The Crown Hotel Napier overlooks the waterfront in the village of Ahuriri, Napier. The hotel offers premier accommodation and conference facilities in a luxurious seaside setting. The hotel has 39 stylish and unique suites, ranging from studios to two bedroom luxury apartments. The heritage suites and conference facilities, located in the original 1932 Crown Hotel Building, have been lovingly restored to reflect the history and style of the Art Deco era. Adjacent to the original building sits a newly constructed four-storey complex which features studios and suites with stunning ocean views, contemporary furnishings and a range of amenities. One bedroom units on first floor with partial sea views. http://www.thecrownnapier.co.nz/
The County Hotel 12 Browning Street, Napier Free phone (NZ): 0800 THEHOTEL Tel. 06 835 7800 Welcome to The County Hotel, Napier, without a doubt the finest hotel in the Hawkes Bay wine country and a destination in itself. This beautiful historical building has been faithfully restored to its charming Edwardian Art Deco grandeur in order to preserve its elegant heritage. Winner of the 'Art Deco Trust Supreme Award' and home to118 luxurious suites, individually styled and decorated in keeping with its era. Dine in the multi award winning Chambers Restaurant or enjoy a drink in the quaint Churchchill's Champagne & Snug Bar with a superb selection of wine, single malt whiskey, cocktails and of course champagne. Located in the centre of picturesque Napier, The County Hotel is also close to vineyards. The County Hotel is the perfect setting - romantic and modern, elegant and stylish, a truly unforgettable experience can be assured. Good sized one bedroom units in a lovely Art Deco building
Bamboo Lodge Motel53 Meeanee Quay Napier 06 835 7566 The complex consists of 13 ground floor units all have wheelchair access. Ample of road parking. The motel is surrounded by gardens and trees. All units have full kitchen facilities. The complex is situated across the road from Napier's only safe swimming beach on one side and a picturesque tidal estuary on the other side. Both have ample walking or cycling tracks easily accessible. A few minutes’ walk from West Quay, Napier's thriving gastronomic hub of numerous bars and restaurants. Some of the accessible units have separate bedrooms.http://www.seekom.com/accomadmin/prop_brochure.php?pid=2361
Albatross Motel, 56 Meeanee Quay Westshore (06) 835 5991 Free phone 0800252787 One of the larger Napier motels, has 35 fully equipped units to suit all requirements from standard to deluxe studios and deluxe 1 and 2 bedroom units. The deluxe and one bedroom units have had a complete renovation with sparkling tiled bathrooms and all the other rooms have new furnishings, including many brand new and comfortable beds. Located only 100m from a safe swimming beach and overlooking the Ahuriri Estuary Wildlife Reserve Deluxe studio and one bedroom accessibility unitshttp://www.albatrossmotel.co.nz/
Things to see
Hawke's Bay Museum & Art Gallery 9 Herschell StreetPhone: 06 835 7781The home of the most innovative design exhibitions in New Zealand. Here we break the rules and put the art of our everyday lives first. Exhibitions explore New Zealand s vibrant art and cultural history including the 1931 Napier Earthquake, Art Deco, local design and decorative arts, as well as featuring cutting-edge contemporary art. The Museum Shop has a fantastic range of art and design related merchandise. http://www.hbmag.co.nz/
Te Awa Winery 2375 State Highway 50 RD5 Phone: 06 879 7602 Set in the Gimblett Gravels district, one of the premium Hawkes Bay wine growing sites, Te Awa's rustic charm is complimented by its tranquil garden setting. The full Maori name given to the site is Te Awa o te Atua which means River of God, a reference to the subterranean streams over which Te Awa Winery is sited and from which the wines draw their subtle characteristics. Our wines reflect the site, the grapes and the growing season. 2007 Cuisine Restaurant of the Year – Finalist – Best Winery Restaurant. Dining at Te Awa is an outstanding NZ food and wine experience.http://www.teawa.com/ .
Classic Sheepskins 22 Thames Street Phone: 06 835 9662 Free Phone: 0800 170 171 Join our 'hands-on' free tour; the only opportunity in New Zealand where you see the whole process taking place from tanning the raw skins, drying, softening the leather, polishing the wool, and the manufacture of all the assorted sheepskin products. At the conclusion of your visit enjoy factory price shopping and our endless selection of sheepskin products. http://www.classicsheepskins.co.nz/
The National Aquarium of New Zealand Marine Parade Phone: 06 834 1404 Visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand for a truly exciting and informative underwater adventure. Watch Izzy the crocodile laze around, visit the kiwi house or the seahorse display. Travel under the Oceanarium on the moving walkway and view many marine wonders gliding by. There are sharks, stingrays and hundreds of fish species to see. Then watch a fabulous diving display at 10am or 2pm.!http://www.nationalaquarium.co.nz/
Church Road Winery 150 Church Road Taradale Napier Phone: 06 845 9137 We're proud to show you our working winery and a museum highlighting over 100 years of winemaking at Church Road. At our cellar door, open daily from 10am to 5pm (excl most public holidays), you can taste and buy all Church Road wines, including the limited release Cuve Series and iconic Tom. Church Road also caters for private functions by appointment and is a highly sought-after wedding venue. http://www.churchroad.co.nz/
Arataki Honey Visitor Centre 66 Arataki Road Havelock North Phone: 06 877 7300 Established in 1944, Arataki Honey is home to one of New Zealand's largest family-owned beekeeping operations. You will be amazed at what you will discover when you visit Arataki Honey Visitor Centre. Here you will be able to explore the fascinating world of the humble honeybee in a modern and interactive environment. With many activities on offer including an extensive retail section. http://www.aratakihoneyhb.co.nz/
Mission Estate Winery 198 Church Road Taradale Napier Phone: 06 845 9350 Mission Estate Winery was established in 1851 and is New Zealand s oldest winery. Nestled in the Taradale Hills, visitors can enjoy sweeping views of Napier city and the coast beyond. Visit the cellar door and enjoy a taste of our award-winning wines and tour of our historic complex. Mission Estate is one of Hawke's Bay's largest wineries, with a well-respected reputation as a producer of consistently high quality wine. The upgraded seminary building is a unique location for the ever-popular Mission Estate Restaurant. Beautiful by day and spectacular by night, the restaurant is unparalleled in Hawke's Bay. http://www.missionestate.co.nz/
The twin cities of Hastings and Napier are largely flat and well-laid out with good kerbing and accessible cafes, bars and restaurants. And there is a wonderful coastal path around the bay, beginning at Bayview north of Napier and running to westshore in Napier, then beginning again off marine parade south of the city and running almost to Clive.
Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track, Napier White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve picnic area,Location: Humber St off Pandora Rd, Napier Length: 5.6 k m / 1 hr Surface: hard earth, gravel and boardwalk. One steep slope This estuary supports an interdependent community of wading birds, fish, mud dwellers and aquatic plant life. The board-walk stretches out across the water for good viewing. Take your binoculars
The vineyards mentioned have good access to their restaurants
The Shed 2 Cafe. Cnr West Quay and Lever Street Ahuriri Phone: 06835 202 The Shed, winner of Best New/Re-developed Bar & Restaurant in NZ 2008-2009. 'The Shed' is an icon in Hawkes Bay for hospitality and entertainment. For great value fresh food and fine wine list "The Shed" is a popular venue in an informal setting. The flaming hot wood-fired pizzas are famous in the Bay, and with great platters for sharing, A huge open fire is a spectacular site on winter nights, however in summer with a massive deck to enjoy the vista of the inner harbour and the Ruahine Mountain ranges, the sunset is stunning and not to be missed. The beer menu has 16 beers on tap and the wine list is unashamedly parochial towards the local wines The Shed is perfect for lunch or dinner wheelchair friendly with plenty of space
Thai Chef’s Restaurant 110 Taradale Rd Onekawa Napier City 06-843 4595 Adding extra flavour to the glowing achievement, Chang redecorated his restaurant like a palace in glittering gold, which looks superb against the royal blue tablecloths and rolling red carpet – fit for a king. Beautiful hand-carved teak furniture, surrounded by red and golden walls, makes the tasteful decor look good enough to eat! Chang’s customers enjoy his food just as much as his teasingly wicked sense of humour, which is obvious in the way he has written the menu. For starters, he recommends the steamed half-shell mussels sautéed in soy garlic sauce, which is a great appetizer leading into “Spicy Girl” medium or hot main. It is described as “A hot little girl, stir fried with crispy pork belly and fresh seasoned vegetables!”
Take Five Restaurant & Jazz Bar 189 Marine Parade Napier 06-835 4050 with Live Jazz every Friday and Saturday. The dining is intimate, the emphasis being on giving the customer time to enjoy the food and wine experience say Proprietors Peter Greene and Lesley Kingston. Take Five supports Hawke's Bay with it's extensive Wine list and uses NZ organic produce whenever possible, ensuring you should not be disappointed with the tastes and flavours.
Westshore Fish Café 112A Charles St Westshore Napier City 06-834 0227 A variety of Seafood as well as Beef and Chicken. As well as a Kiddy Menu, we keep them busy and serve them a meal of their choice.
Pacifica Restaurant 209 Marine Parade Napier 06-833 6335 Enjoy contemporary French-influenced cuisine year round with our a la carte menu. If you are in the mood for something special, we also offer a five course degustation menu. Both menus change daily depending on the local ingredients available. We pride ourselves in using the freshest local seafood and produce to showcase the best that the Hawke's Bay has to offer. You may dine inside or outside in our quaint courtyard which features an outdoor fireplace
Boardwalk Bar & Grill 8 Hardinge Rd Ahuriri Napier City 06-834 1168 Boardwalk is so close to the beach you can walk a few steps across the sand and paddle in the waves. With sheltered areas to sit and fabulous sea views there is a very relaxed atmosphere here with a nautical theme to the decor. At Boardwalk we have our very own brand of beer - the Boardwalk Blonde. We specialise in steaks and seafood, with delicious fresh salads.
Most restaurants in Napier have outdoor seating allowing easy access to the tables.
Wellington is a 5 hour drive south and here are some towns on the way
Hastings was devastated by the 1931 earthquake, so has plenty of Art Deco and Spanish Mission-style architecture to see. Fabulous parks, pipfruit and delicious ice cream are three other reasons to visit Hastings. On your way south you’ll drive through Dannevirke, a town originally settled by Scandinavians,Fantasy Cave, ANZ Bank Building, High Street, The Dannevirke Fantasy Cave has been developed over 16 years into a exhibit that both children and adults will love to explore. Tremendous skill has been put into creating nursery rhyme and story book characters that actually move, they must be seen! Fantasy Cave is open the end of November, all December, school holidays and by appointment for groups. The Cave is administered by Dannevirke Cave Dwellers Inc, a group of 13 volunteers. The Dannevirke Fantasy Cave was the winner of the Arts And Cultural category and overall winners of the TrustPower - Tararua Community Awards..Worth a visit with childrenhttp://nzbn.com/fantasycave/index.htm
Woodville is a place for antique browsing. Just before Palmerston North is the Manawatu Gorge – keep an eye out for adventure opportunities such as rock-climbing and bungy jumping.
One of New Zealand’s largest provincial cities, Palmerston North has an attractive historic heart. Many of the original stores built in the 1920s and 1930s have been restored and now function as boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Rose gardens and museums should also be on your agenda of things to see.
Here you can see the New Zealand Rugby Museum, on Cuba St, the oldest and arguably the first museum in the world devoted to the oval ball code. It contains New Zealand's biggest and most comprehensive collection of rugby memorabilia and records, including some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts. The extensive photo library provides rare and detailed coverage of the emergence of New Zealand as a major rugby power. Over 30 colourful displays record the history of rugby in New Zealand and overseas. Displays are theme based e g "Maori Rugby", the "Original" All Blacks or collection style e g of "Rugby caps", "Rugby badges" etc. And we have a few ideas as to how to occupy children whilst their parents go down Memory Lane amongst our displays. http://www.rugbymuseum.co.nz/Your journey south takes you to Shannon – pause here to enjoy the owl sanctuary. http://www.owlcatraz.co.nz/nativenzowls.htm
The town of Levin is next – it has a thriving clothing industry and many factory shops. Two beautiful dune lakes are an easy detour from here. A car museum the Southward Car Museum www.thecarmuseum.co.nz houses a collection of over 350 vehicles, as well as three aircraft and various other exhibits including motorcycles, bicycles, fire engine etc. The motor museum is run by a charitable trust, incorporated in 1972. The car museum is located on Otaihanga Road, Otaihanga, just north of Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast and gourmet cheese factory Kapiti Cheeses At The Lindale Centre, State Highway 1, Paraparaumu. Phone (04) 298 1352 http://www.kapiti.org.nz/unique.html#l-cheese are other attractions in this area.
Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums and all kinds of shops. Dance, theatre and musical performances are a Wellington specialty.
New Zealand’s capital city is compact yet sophisticated and stylish, offering cultural experiences in a beautiful setting of harbour and bush-clad hills. Part of Wellington’s charm is its close proximity to nature. The central city is nestled between a beautiful harbour and forested hills. Wildlife sanctuaries, islands, seaside villages, ocean beaches and regional parks provide huge scope for outdoor fun.
Many visitors choose to base themselves in the vibrant inner city, where it’s easy to walk to boutique shops, art galleries, trendy cafés and restaurants. Dominating the spectacular waterfront is Te Papa Tongrewa - the interactive, innovative museum that’s one of New Zealand’s key cultural attractions. At night, the city stays up late to enjoy live theatre, music and dance performances. Wellingtonians love their city, and we’re sure you will too. Allow at least a couple of days here to get an insight into New Zealand’s history, contemporary culture and creativity In 1865, Wellington became the capital of New Zealand, replacing Aucklad, which William Hobson had established as the capital in 1841. Parliament first sat in Wellington on 7 July 1862, but the city did not become the official capital for some time. In November 1863 the Premier Alfred Domett moved a resolution before Parliament (in Auckland) that "... it has become necessary that the seat of governmet should be transferred to some suitable locality in Cook Strait. The harbour that surrounds Wellington city, and the greater Wellington region, have been known by several names throughout history. Maori legends name the greater Wellington region as "Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui" or "the Head of Maui's fish".Kupe is believed to be the first Polynesian explorer to come to Wellington in 950 AD. He was followed by Tara, who named the area "Whanganui-a-Tara" or "the great harbour of Tara".
In 1773 Captain Cook first anchored in Wellington harbour. The harbour was later charted in 1826 by Captain Herd who named it Port Nicholson, in honour of John Nicholson, a harbour-master of Port Jackson, New South Wales. In 1840 the directors of the New Zealand Company settled on the name Wellington. The name was chosen in order to express their gratitude to the Duke of Wellington, a supporter of the company in England.
Chameleon Restaurant - Intercontinental Hotel Corner Grey & Featherston Streets tel: 04 495 7841 Chameleon restaurant will indulge you in freshly prepared dishes with an interesting flair. At Chameleon Restaurant you can try many contemporary New Zealand specialties incorporating the freshest local ingredients. Chameleon also has an extensive wine list specialising in award winning New Zealand wines.
Chameleon Restaurant, so named because of its ability to adapt to diners' requirements, enjoys a reputation as the place to meet for a quality breakfast or lunch as well as delightful evening gourmet experiences with both locals and visitors to Wellington city. Accessible carparks situated on Grey St & adjacent Panama St (a 2min walk to restaurant) : www.chameleonrestaurant.co.nz
Floriditas Restaurant & Café 161 Cuba Street tel: 04 381 2212:Floriditas has the old world charm of a stylish and comfortable Parisian cafe/restaurant.Set in the midst of Cuba Street, Floriditas is a relaxed and casual cafe/restaurant with staff that take pleasure in presenting a seasonal menu of simple and delicious food sourced from the finest suppliers both local & around NZ, and with an extensive wine list making it the perfect setting for all day dining heading into the evening, as well as takeaway coffee or drinks and nibbles.Known round town for their awesome eggs, sweet treats and where possible organic produce, Florries serves continually from breakfast 7 days from 7am till late Floriditas has the old world charm of a stylish and comfortable Parisian cafe/restaurant. Accessible carparks on Victoria St (outside the Baby Factory, a 5min walk to restaurant) www.floriditas.co.nz
Logan Brown Restauant & Bar192 Cuba Street - Corner Cuba & Vivian Streets tel: 04 801 5114 Logan Brown is set in a beautifully restored 1920s banking chamber. Renovated with comfort, style and ambient lighting, Logan Brown Restaurant & Bar sets the scene for an enjoyable dining experience.Seating up to 80 people, the restaurant also has an upstairs Private Dining Room for up to twelve people. (Wheelchair access on Vivian Street just down from front door) Accessible carparks on Victoria St (outside the Baby Factory, a 5min walk to restaurant) www.loganbrown.co.nz
Matterhorn 106 Cuba Street - Cuba Mall tel: 04 384 3359 Matterhorn is officially the 12th best bar in ‘Asia-Pacific’, according to the annual survey released by Australian Bartender magazine Matterhorn Restaurant is Winner of the Supreme Award and Best Casual Dining - Metropolitan, at the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year 2008 Awards. And the 2008 NZ Bar of the Year Award (third year in a row)!Matterhorn Restaurant serves full meals as well as boldly imaginative tapas and small plates for grazing into the small hours. Accessible carparks on Victoria St (outside the Baby Factory, a 2min covered walk to restaurant through Leftbank)www.matterhorn.co.nz
Shed 5 Restaurant & Bar Queens Wharf (Off Jervois Quay) tel: 04 499 9069 Shed 5 Restaurant and Bar on Queens Wharf literally has Wellington Harbour lapping underneath its floor. Built in 1888 as a wool store, it remains an historic link with the old city and its beautiful interior creates a welcoming and stylish environment for dining out, and for functions.
With a large bar and lounge area, Shed 5 caters for everything from pre-dinner drinks, through to dining and dancing. It can be transformed to fit in whatever the function. In summer diners can sit under an umbrella on the deck watching the boats come and go across the harbour, or they can brunch or lunch inside the marquee should the wind ever get up. Shed 5 has always had a strong emphasis on delicious, fresh seafood dishes, and it has broadened its range with Nourish Group executive chef Simon Gault introducing dishes such as the Alaskan Red King crab, a NZ first. To go with the food is a huge wine list with examples from the top wine producing areas of New Zealand, Australia and around the world.There are accessible parks across Customhouse Quay on Johnston or Brandon Streets, a 5 - 10 minute walk away.. www.shed5.co.nz
The Tasting Room2 Courtenay Place tel: 04 384 1159 The Tasting Room is a modern interpretation of the traditional public house, what we like to call a gastropub; offering the best in food and drink. It incorporates elements of the West Coast past brought together in a sophisticated contemporary environment of leather, oak and stone. The team that has brought you Brava and The Flying Burrito Brothers and The General Practitioner are proud to bring you another fine establishment. The Tasting Room is the ideal spot for lunch, dinner, afterwork socializing, pre-theatre dining, lunch in the weekend or just pop in anytime and enjoy a delicious Monteith's beer matched with some tantalizing food. Both Blair & Allen Streets have an accessible car park on the corners where they join Courtenay Place.www.thetastingroom.co.nz
Siem Reap Café99 Dixon Street tel: 04 385 4590 Cambodian style cuisine where the atmosphere is great and the food, drinks, service are even better. Accessible parking on Willis St (opp St Johns Church, 5min walk down Dixon St)www.siemreap.co.nz
Great India Restaurant 141 Manners Street (opp, Te Aro Park) tel: 04 384 5755 Indian fine dining, authentic ambience. Winner of Corbans Wine and Food Challenge 2000, 2002 and 2003. Voted best Indian restaurant for Wellington by the Michael Guy Eating Out Guide, and Best Indian 2003 in The Dominion Post.Extensive wine and beer list - 58 beers and ales. Accessible parking abounds in this area, just down the street is one or just around the corner at the northern end of Cuba Street is another.: www.greatindia.co.nz
SakuraCorner Whitmore & Featherston Streets tel: 04 499 6912 Sakura is one of Wellington's original Japanese restaurants. Over the 17 years since Sakura first opened, many inner-city restaurants have come and gone, but Sakura remains; changing only its location (from Wakefield to Featherston Street), but not its authentic Japanese feel or fine Japanese cuisine. Accessible parking 5 to 10 mins away in Johnston St (off Lambton Quay)
Things to see
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary (04) 920 9213 End of Waiapu Rd, Karori, Wellington Just five minutes drive from central Wellington, ZEALANDIA is New Zealand's most accessible 'mainland conservation island'. This award-winning eco-restoration project gives visitors an unrivalled opportunity to experience our iconic native wildlife in its natural environment. Tuatara, saddleback, hihi, little spotted kiwi and dozens of other iconic species living wild just 2km from town! Recognised worldwide as a benchmark in urban ecological restoration, ZEALANDIA has won numerous awards for its achievements, including the 2008 Tourism Award for Conservation in Action. In 2009, it was voted one of the top 25 eco-restoration projects in Australasia.
Guided tours provide intimate encounters with birds and reptiles normally just found on remote offshore islands, and a chance to learn about a unique vision to turn back the clock to a time before humans arrived. Day tours include a cruise across the scenic lower lake and a chance to look for creatures like New Zealand's 'living dinosaur' the tuatara and the playful kaka, a rare forest parrot. For a truly unforgettable experience, take the unique 2-hour tour by torchlight. When darkness has settled, your guide will start looking for New Zealand's elusive national icon - the kiwi. With around 100 living wild in our valley you have a good chance of spotting one. A major new exhibition centre opening in April 2010 will showcase New Zealand’s natural history and the story of our world-renowned conservation movement. Lower valley area is all wheelchair friendly Open 10am-5pm for self-guided walks and tours. Night tours available.http://www.visitzealandia.com/site/zealandia_home/
Wellington Zoo (04) 381 6755 200 Daniell St, Newtown Park, Newtown, Wellington There are more than 550 animals at the Zoo, including exotic endangered species and New Zealand’s own native treasures. You can meet a kiwi for yourself, every afternoon in the Wild Theatre, and see an amazing animal demonstration most mornings. If you are looking for a truly unique animal experience, book a Close Encounter and get up close and personal with red pandas, cheetahs, big cats or giraffes. Refresh yourself afterward with lunch at the Zoo café, and browse for souvenirs at the Zoo’s gift-shopWheelchairs are available for use; the Zoo has a steep gradient in some places. The Zoo Cruiser is available free of charge for elderly & disabled including wheelchair users, check availability on (04) 381 6755.http://www.wellingtonzoo.com/
Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand (04) 381 7000 Cable St, Wellington Waterfront Te Papa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country - its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage and its fascinating history. This is no ordinary museum. Enjoy stimulating exhibitions, engaging presentations - even motion simulator rides. Te Papa is recognised as a world leader in creating innovative and interactive museum experiences. With a combination of the latest technology and classic story-telling, the museum educates, entertains, and inspires you at every turn. Experience an exquisitely carved marae (Maori meeting place), walk through living native bush, then be shaken in the Earthquake House. Get hands-on in the children's Discovery Centres, then venture into Our Space, a new multimedia experience, where you create the action! This is serious fun! http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/pages/
The Wellington Cable (04) 472 2199 Lambton Quay & Upland Rd, Kelburn Wellington’s oldest & most popular tourist attractions. The cars run from Lambton Quay in the heart of the central business district and within 5 minutes whisk you from under the corporate towers of The Terrace past Kelburn Park and Victoria University to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Gardens with its magnificent lookout over the City and harbour - Te Whanganui-a-Tara (The Great Harbour of Tara). Other attractions immediately accessible from the top station are the award winning Cable Car museum situated in the old cable car winding room, the Carter observatory (Due to reopen February 2010) and No 1 Upland Road Bistro. Wheelchair accessible
For those wishing to explore further, Kelburn village with its shops and Cafes is a short walk and an ideal stopping off point on your way to Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. http://www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz/
Wellington Botanic Gardens (04) 499 4444 Glenmore St, Wellington Features the colourful Lady Norwood Rose Garden, Begonia House, gift shop and café, playground, delightful duckpond and floral displays, the historic Bolton Street Memorial Park and numerous fascinating scenic walks. Most of the gardens are accessible
Parliament 0 4 817 9503 Free, one-hour guided tours of Parliament operate every day on the hour. Take a tour with one of our trained guides to visit key parts of Parliament’s buildings and learn about our parliamentary processes. Weekdays: first tour 10am, last tour 4pm. Saturdays and most public holidays: first tour 10am, last tour 3pm. Sundays: first tour 11am, last tour 3pm.
We recommend you arrive least 15 minutes before the tour departs as tour group sizes are limited and so you have time to check in your belongings. Everyone must leave their bags, coats, phones, cameras and other electronic devices in secure storage at the Visitor Centre in the Beehive. Individuals do not need to book. Groups of 10 or more are required to book their tour in advance. Wheelchair accessible ring before arrival ,they may allow special parking inside the gateshttp://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/Default.htm
Old Government Buildings Historic Reserve, Wellington Location: 15 Lambton Quay, opposite Parliament Open: 9am-4.30pm weekdays, 10am-3pm weekends Surface: timber floors. Wheelchair access at rear Built in 1876, this is the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. The façade resembles an Italian stone palace. The native kauri suspended staircase is interesting, and a visit to the former cabinet room is a must.
Tawa Grove Walk, Catchpool Valley Location: Coast Rd 12 km south of Wainuiomata. Open 8 am to dusk Length: 726m / 30 min Surface: gravel and earth Toilets: at visitor centre Walk through native forest and listen for birds such as tui and kereru (wood pigeon). There is a picnic area at the start of the track, with a coin operated barbeque, and a camping area nearby. Accessible Accommodation
Duxton Hotel 170 Wakefield Street 04 4733900 Duxton Hotel Wellington is a comfortable, modern, chic and luxurious hotel located in the heart of the Harbour Capital of New Zealand. New Zealand is famed for its culture, atmosphere, stunning landscapes, history and its extreme sports, you are certain to have a relaxing stay at Duxton Hotel Wellington. Every room in this well appointed hotel offers stunning views over New Zealand's beautiful harbours. 31 sq mtr studio disability unitshttp://www.duxtonhotelwellington.com/
James Cook Hotel 147 The Terrace (04) 499 9500 The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is recognised as a true icon of New Zealand's capital city and continues to be the perfect hotel for business and leisure travellers, with hotel suites right in the heart of Wellington. Our hotel in Wellington, New Zealand is only a short walk to the city's government and corporate offices with direct access to the major shopping precinct of Lambton Quay. Whitby's buffet restaurant can accommodate 200 guests for smorgasbord breakfast, lunch and dinner. An a la carte dinner menu is also available. Try Sojourn Café Bar with international cuisine, the finest New Zealand wines and excellent service, located on the lobby level. The Piano Bar, on the 17th floor with sweeping views over Wellington harbour, is the ideal place to relax with friends over a drink. 1 disability studio unit http://www.wellingtonnz.com/accommodation/james_cook_hotel_grand_chancellor
Museum Hotel De Wheels90 Cable Street 0800 994 335Museum Hotel Wellington is a 165 room boutique hotel located in the centre of Wellington city opposite Wellington’s beautiful harbour and New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. The spacious lobby feature opulent décor, walls adorned with original New Zealand art and a bar/café in which to relax. Hippopotamus, the hotel’s award winning in house restaurant offers harbour views and French style cuisine by Laurent LoudeacGood sized studio accessible rooms and some with separate bedroom and kitchen http://www.museumhotel.co.nz/
Portland Hotel 24 Hawkestone Street (04) 473 2208 The Kingsgate Hotel Wellington is located in New Zealand's oldest and historic suburb, Thorndon, 500 meters north of Wellington’s city centre. Close to the bus, train, and ferry terminals, Parliament buildings, Botanical Gardens and has easy motorway access. The Kingsgate Hotel Wellington is the closest hotel to the Westpac Stadium, Inter-island Ferries and all major government departments. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and personal service. The Kingsgate Hotel Wellington prides itself in providing comfortable, fresh and immaculate guest accommodation rooms. With excellent facilities including a separate ensuite and one queen size bed, all rooms are light and comfortable providing an area for relaxation of both the business and leisure traveller. Rooms feature views of either the city skyline or Harbour.5 accessible 30sq mtr studio units with adjoining if required. http://www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/kingsgatewellington/index.html
Quality Hotel Wellington 223 Cuba Street Reservations Freephone: 0800 888 5 999 The Quality Hotel® Wellington is conveniently located in the city's Cuba Quarter, providing easy access to many nearby points of interest. This Wellington, NZ hotel is close to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the TSB Bank Arena, part of the Wellington Convention Centre. The Westpac Stadium multipurpose facility is just minutes from the hotel.
The Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University are both one kilometer away. The city's central business district (CBD) and Wellington Harbour are within walking distance from the hotel.
Offering something for everyone, Wellington's pedestrian-friendly Courtenay Place is a destination famous for fashion, art, shopping, dining and lots of live entertainment. In addition to the many restaurants and cafés surrounding the hotel, there is a lobby bar and Café Italiano restaurant on the premises for your convenience.
Freephone (NZ) 0508 273 689 With a charming location, the Brentwood Hotel provides classic lodge-style accommodation with all the convenience, features and comforts you would expect from a city hotel. The Brentwood Hotel is placed in the suburb of Kilbirnie and is just 3 kilometres from the airport. The unique location of this hotel has added benefit of being away from the busy streets of the city and yet only minutes from the hub of Wellington's entertainment centre. This property offers 116 well-appointed accommodation units Guests can dine at the onsite Aqua Bistro and Bar that serves Mediterranean bias with selected Asian influences. This property offers most flexible multi-use conference rooms that can accommodate up to 400 people for any kind of meetings. There is also a swimming pool available for you to enjoy. 15 large accessible rooms, 1 with adjoin room. [Para Olympians use this hotel]
Copthorne HotelOriental Bay, Wellington Tel. 04 385 0279
Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay welcomes you to our waterfront locality that is truly a window on Wellington. The modern decor creates a contemporary and luxurious air to this stunningly located hotel. All our 118 rooms offer harbour or city views. Not only is Wellington the seat of Government, packed with national treasures and restored cultural centres, it is also a vibrant, cosmopolitan and sophisticated city. Our excellent location spoils you for choice of ultimate day and night activities and places where you can eat, shop, play and party. Only 2 minutes walk to Te Papa Museum, the vibrant Courtenay Place and local theatre. On your return to the hotel you can relax and enjoy our facilities including restaurant and bar and an indoor heated swimming pool and gym facilities. Enjoy our family rooms with special weekend, holiday and family rates -5 average size disability studio units with one having adjoining room http://www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthorneorientalbay/index.html
Mercure Hotel355 Willis Street, Wellington, Tel. (0) 4 8031000 Mercure Wellington is located on the Terrace with panoramic views over the city and harbour. Cuba Street with its funky boutiques and shops are an easy walk from the hotel. Just a short taxi ride away is Wellington’s iconic attractions such as Te Papa Museum, Parliament, Cable Car and Westpac Stadium.The hotel offers 111 guest rooms and 7 conference rooms. Facilities offered at Mercure Wellington include a restaurant, bar, 24 hour room service and a business centre. Other facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna which are complimentary for all our guests. If you are looking for an ideal holiday destination with your family, Mercure Wellington is the perfect place for you to stay and explore the Wellington area. 1 disability room 30 sq mtr. http://www.mercure.com/gb/home/index.shtml
If you are heading to the South Island, your next stop is the Cook Strait Ferries
Interislander’s Cook Strait Ferries Phone 0800 802 802 Wellington Terminal Aotea Quay, 5 minutes north of Wellington Railway Station Travel between Wellington and Picton New Zealand. The 92km voyage takes 3 hours and has been described as "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world . The more accessible of the two ferries http://www.interislander.co.nz/
Bluebridge Ferry 0800 844 844 by Wellington Railway Station Experience a taste of warm ‘kiwi’ hospitality when you cruise Cook Strait with the proudly New Zealand owned Bluebridge service. With stunning scenery, friendly service, free big screen movies and a choice of up to four return sailings a day (except Christmas Day) between Wellington and Picton – there’s no better way for you and your vehicle to cross Cook Strait In Wellington, our terminal is conveniently located in the central city opposite Wellington Railway Station and only a short distance from a range of accommodation options. http://www.bluebridge.co.nz/
The South Island of New Zealand is renowned for its natural beauty, an untamed paradise dominated by a rugged and unspoilt landscape. The South Island of New Zealand has a diversity quite unlike any place on earth! From the golden sandy beaches of Nelson and Marlborough, to the mountains and glaciers of the Southern Alps, and sub-arctic islands of the deep south. In the South Island you will find spectacular scenery at every turn – from towering mountain ranges to breathtaking fiords. Whether it’s a summer holiday on the beach, a shopping spree in Christchurch or a week of snowboarding in Queenstown – the South Island has something for everyone. Outdoor adventure aficionados will find themselves well served in the South Island. In the north the theme is maritime. Sheltered coves invite exploration by kayak, while the forest nudging the beach is ideal for a scenic walk. In the northeast, Blenheim is the centre of a renowned wine producing region, while Kaikoura is a base for whale-watching. Christchurch, where modern culture blends with historic atmosphere, is the largest city in the South Island.
Further south, the pretty picture-postcard Mackenzie region is dominated by mountains and blue lakes. In Otago’s lakeside resorts of Queenstown and Wanaka, you can dine in a world-class restaurant amidst a panorama of mountains. In winter, the mountains offer fantastic skiing and snowboarding. The South Island is often called "The Mainland". Today this expression is used humorously, although still with pride by "Mainlanders", since while it is a somewhat larger landmass than the North Island, only about a quarter of New Zealand's four million inhabitants live in the South Island. However, in the early stages of European (Pākehā) settlement of the country, the South Island was pre-eminent, with the majority of the European population and wealth focused there due to gold rushes. It was not until the early 20th century that the North Island population overtook the South, with 56% of the population living in the North in 1911