Fast Facts • Wellington is New Zealand’s capital • City built around beautiful harbour • Population 425,000 • Compact and easy to get around
Transport • Wellington is hub for domestic air services • International air services into Wellington from Australia and Pacific Islands • Ferry terminals are centrally located • Best way to see Wellington – walk! • Train, fly, tour daytrips or drive to the Wairarapa
Regional Selling Points Nationhood & Heritage Boutique experiences Nature close to the city
Stories of New Zealand Carter Te Papa ZEALANDIA
Kapiti Island and the Haka • 60 minutes north of Wellington, 20 minute boat ride • The story told in the ‘Ka Mate’ haka happened here • Day and overnight tour options with Kapiti Island Alive • Nature and culture combined • Book well in advance
Carter ObservatoryNew Zealand’s Place for Space • Fully digital, multimedia planetarium experience • Tells the story of the Southern Skies • Maori and Polynesian navigation • Telescope viewings • Offers day / night programmes and can be customised
Eco-attraction – NZ’s landscape and wildlife • “Imagine New Zealand the day before humans arrived” • 100% Pure New Zealand nature story in one all-weather attraction • ZEALANDIA: The Exhibition opened in March 2010 - state of the art interactive exhibition • Just 10 minutes from downtown Wellington • Tourism Award winner and UK newspaper Guardian ‘top eco-experience’
Wellington City Sights Busoperated by GreatSights • Hop on, hop off circuit of Wellington • Hourly 0930-1630 daily • Driver commentary • Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish via GPS translation
Accommodation • Brand hotels include IHG, Accor and MCK • Unique independent hotels including Bolton, Museum and ohtel • Next official Bedbank release September • i-SITE Information Centre operating bed monitor for FITs
Interislander – Kaitaki Plus Private lounges on all three Interislander ships Kaitaki Plus offers complimentary internet, beer, wine and soft drinks plus breakfast on 0825 sailing Easy upsell opportunity
Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park • Urban motorhome park • Waterfront location • Easy access from SH1 & SH2 • 39 sites, mostly powered • Purpose-built bathroom facilities • Two minutes walk from Parliament Buildings
Wellywood • The Hobbit • Wellington has great film tours and The Weta Cave • Avatar, The Lovely Bones, TinTin – made in Wellywood!
WellingtonNZ.com for images, suggested itineraries, events and new product updates on website. • Printed Wellington Product Manual also available
RugbyWorld Cup 2011 Kicks-off Sept 9. Final on Oct 23. Who will win?
Matches in Wellington Pool Matches Sun Sept 11 South Africa v Wales Sat Sept 17 South Africa v Fiji Fri Sept 23 Australia v USA Sun Sept 25 Scotland v Argentina Sat Oct 1 France v Tonga Sun Oct 2 New Zealand v Canada Quarter Finals Sat Oct 8 QF1 1st Pool C v 2nd Pool D (Australia v Wales?) Sun Oct 9 QF2 1st Pool D v 2nd Pool C (South Africa v Ireland?)
Wellington Regional Stadium A short walk from town
Cruise Ships • Wellington has dedicated cruise terminal • 1.3km from city centre • Internet and phone facilities onsite • Opposite the stadium!
Top Tips for Tours • City sightseeing –hop-on hop-off through to small group luxury operators • Lord of the Rings half and full day tours • Seal Coast Safari • Te Papa – Taste of Treasures • Wairarapa wine region day trips • Wild about Wellington - Beer Tour for the boys and City of Style for the rugby widows • Zest Food Tours – Wellington and Wairarapa
Wairarapa – Wellington’s Wine Country • Less than 90 minutes from Wellington by road, train or coach • Wine village producing world class Pinot Noir • Boutique accommodation and luxury lodges • Wine and food tours and fun shopping
Marlborough • 20 minute flight or 3 hour ferry journey • Home of NZ sauvignon blanc • Dining cruises in Sounds • Queen Charlotte Great Walk – for a couple of hours or multi-day • Omaka Aviation Museum • Wineries
Group Venues Outdoor – Boomrock and Pencarrow • Central City • Wellington Convention Centre • Te Papa • Hotels and restaurants • Plus unique venues like Carter Observatory, Embassy Theatre, Museum of Wellington, Wellington Zoo • Regional • The NewDowse Gallery • Te Rauparaha Arena Porirua • Copthorne Solway Wairarapa
Wellington Festival • Waterfront Village – Wharewaka • Waterfront Fan Zones • Courtenay Place Street Parties • Concert/Festival each game day • Te Papa Oceania & Haka Exhibitions • Rugby Legends Photo Exhibition