Article Travel Guide: Discover Wellington In A Campervan
Wellington is known as a center of creativity and culinary excellence with more restaurants, bars and cafes per capita than New York City itself. Aside from eating your way through the city, Wellington has plenty to do and travelling in your campervan hire gives you the flexibility to explore the windy city in your own pace.
Let's start your tour in the city
First up, give your campervan a break for the day and get your bearings of the city in the Wellington Cable Car.This is a brilliant way to start your time in Wellington as you get a bird’s eye view of the surroundings and begin to make a list of the different places you want to go.
A pleasant 5 minute ride will allow you to take in sights such as the Botanic Garden, the Cable Car Museum, ZealandiaandSpace Place. You’ll find the cable car located in the heart of Wellington at Lambton Quay and it runs every 10 minutes.
While you are in still the city area...
Take a trip to the Mount Victoria Lookout, which rises 196m above the city giving you panoramic views of Wellington and the harbor.
The lookout is adjacent to the CBD and you can either walk or drive your camper to the top while taking in the views of the Hutt Valley, Tinakora Hill and the Miramar Peninsula, among others.
Our tip for this location is to take a picnic with you at sunrise or sunset, it doesn’t get much better than dinner and a view like this.
Are you a fan of Lord of the Rings?
There’s always at least one Lord of the Rings (LOTR) fan in each group and Wellington is just great for LOTRs enthusiats.
The famous Weta Workshopis the birthplace of many of the props and special effects in the series and is only 19 minutes from the city center. You can get up close and personal with props from not only the Lord of the Rings, but also the Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong and Thunderbolts. How cool is that!?
Not too far away lies the Hutt Valley with an array of locations used in the filming of the LOTR series.
Explore the trails that lead you to spots such as Helm’s Deep, The Great River Anduin, Rivendell and even the millhouse Stansborough, which produced many of the woolen cloaks and textiles in the film.
Take a tour of the facility and even purchase replicas made by the original mill.
Want to go for a walk?
For the nature lovers out there, the Otari-Wilton Bush is the only botanic garden in the whole of New Zealand dedicated solely to the preservation of native plants.
In total, there are 100 hectares of forest reserves and 5 hectares of native plants. With over 10km of walking trails, canopy walks 18 metres above the forest floor and picnic areas at every turn, you can spend an entire day exploring the native plants and breathing in that fresh air.
The Otari-Wilton Bush is just a 10 minute drive from the Wellington city. To get you started you will find a modern, fully equipped visitor’s centre to give you the low-down on guided tours and native birds to look out for.
Gonna go for a ride in your active wear!
Can you believe this: Wellington has over 363km of mountain biking and walking trails and the Rimutaka Cycle Trail is without a doubt one of the best.
This trail takes you from the city of Wellington on a tour of ancient Maori settlements and remnants of the European colonial past. As you cycle through the landmarks, along ocean cliffs and through historic tunnels, you will find yourself in the gorgeous Wairarapa Valley.
The path is suitable for all ages and abilities, allowing the entire travel group to get out and stretch their legs with a view like no other
Find more information and Wellington travel tips in our article: 12 Reasons You Will Fall In Love With Windy Wellington.
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