Wellington Region Travel Stories blog posts

  •  Houses at Oriental Bay, Wellington  © Positively Wellington Tourism

    Wellington Walks

    By Judith Doyle
    Wednesday, 21 October 2009

    In Wellington as part of a New Zealand tour? Or for a conference? A meeting? Staying with friends or family? The capital is known for many different things but, astonishingly, not for its city walks.

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  •  Feeding a red panda at Wellington Zoo.  © Wellington Zoo

    Hand-Feeding the Locals

    By Amelia Norman
    Tuesday, 29 September 2009

    From the safety of his house the little red panda fixes his tiny, round, shining eyes on me. His pointy white ears stand to attention and his white whiskers sprout symmetrically from either side of his petite snout. He sniffs the air curiously.

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  •  The bays that wiggle around the greater city limits...  © © Photo New Zealand

    Roving Wellington

    By Amelia Norman
    Thursday, 17 September 2009

    I can’t say I wasn’t warned. The Wellington Rover website distinctly says: “…Wellington has evolved to be New Zealand’s best city (we might be a little bias).”

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  •  Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington New Zealand

    Karori by Night

    By Amelia Norman
    Thursday, 17 September 2009

    “Stop!” cries Matt, our guide, in a loud stage whisper. I reel to a halt as something darts across the path in front of me, so close I nearly step on it.

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  •  Kereru - New Zealand's native wood pigeon - at Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    Kapiti Island: Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

    By Amelia Norman
    Thursday, 17 September 2009

    There’s a parrot on the sugar bowl. Large and sleek with a perfectly hooked beak, his ruffled olive brown feathers are edged with a brilliant pohutukawa red.

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  •  Te Papa Tongarewa - the National Museum of New Zealand.  © Te Papa, Wellington

    Smelly Ambergris & All: Unearthing Te Papa

    By Amelia Norman
    Thursday, 17 September 2009

    On the day that the Whales|Tohorā exhibition closed at Te Papa Tongarewa – the National Museum of New Zealand, a pod of killer whales could be seen frolicking outside in Oriental Bay.

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  •  Crowds gather for the famous Cuba Street Carnival, Wellington.  © Wellington City Council

    A Buzzy Week in Wellington

    By Amelia Norman
    Thursday, 17 September 2009

    There’s a palpable buzz in the air. Lunchtime has just broken in central Wellington. Office workers bustle along brick-paved lanes, shoes clicking, collars sharp. Newspapers are tucked under arms; cellphones and iPods adorn ears.

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  •  The Zest of Wellington, New Zealand

    The Zest of Wellington

    By Amelia Norman
    Tuesday, 25 August 2009

    This article contains wheat, alcohol, dangerously moreish dairy products, fierce doses of caffeine, and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Over indulgence in this article may cause extreme hunger.

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  •  Shrine to a Writer weblog Travel Story

    Shrine to a Writer

    By Judith Doyle
    Thursday, 21 December 2006

    New Zealand's most popular literary shrine is the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Wellington's inner suburb of Thorndon. It is an unpretentious two-storey weatherboard house, truly Victorian.

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  • A King Among Joiners

    By Helen Frances
    Tuesday, 8 August 2006

    You would not immediately link hot air balloons with kitchen benches, but Peter King has a passion for both. Peter runs a successful and long-standing joinery business, King’s Fourth Generation Woodworking Company, in Carterton, Wairarapa.

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  •  © Heather Hapeta

    Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

    By Heather Hapeta
    Sunday, 30 July 2006

    In a hidden, almost secret valley, kiwis are breeding only three kilometres from Parliament. In the heart of New Zealand’s capital city a slice of New Zealand is reverting to its former glory with the help of a predator-free mainland island.

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  •  © Heather Hapeta

    Red Rocks Seal Tours

    By Heather Hapeta
    Thursday, 27 July 2006

    Under blue skies, and with a group of Australians as fellow travellers, I join the Red Rock Seal Tour at Wellington’s tourist information centre. I’ve been promised landmarks, seals, and great views.

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  •  Cuba Street weblog Travel Story

    Cuba Street Wellington

    By Helen Frances
    Tuesday, 25 July 2006

    Cuba Street is one of the arteries of Wellington’s CBD. The area pulses to a more bohemian beat than neighbouring Willis and Manners Streets, or Courtenay Place, and at full moon the upper reaches pound to the rhythm of drummers at a local bar.

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  •  Just a Jouster weblog Travel Story

    Just a Jouster

    By Helen Frances
    Thursday, 11 May 2006

    “I’m just an average sort of person,” says New Zealand jouster, Callum Forbes. In his white, financial planner’s business shirt with a teddy bear tie he looks eons away from the guy who owns and trains jousting horses...

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  •  © Helen Frances

    Tattoo Identity

    By Helen Frances
    Wednesday, 22 March 2006

    Wellington’s only female tattooist is a striking young woman with strong beliefs and a talent for body art. Tattoos are more than skin deep for Jolene Tempest, Wellington’s only female tattooist.

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  •  Wellington Walker weblog Travel Story

    Wellington Walker

    By Helen Frances
    Wednesday, 15 March 2006

    If you are lost in Wellington and happen to see a slim woman with very short dark hair and glasses striding through the streets, don’t hesitate to wave your map and call out for help.

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