Wellington Campervan Hire Holiday
New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, is a cultural hub. It’s home to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi and Katherine Mansfield’s birthplace. But with steep hills and narrow streets, the central city is not the ideal place to drive around in a campervan - rather, head just north of the city to find all kinds of exciting options for your motorhome roadtrip.
- Although not the largest city in New Zealand, Wellington is famed for its lively down town cafés, shopping, nightlife and entertainment venues, set between a scenic harbour and bush-clad hills.
- The city is well worth a good look around, but it's best you park the motorhome up when you visit Wellington, and use the local trams, or your feet - the city is compact and interesting.
- Wellington is the centre of New Zealand’s film industry. Often referred to as 'Wellywood', Wellington is the home of film director Peter Jackson and his production facility, and was a location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. A visit to Jackson's Weta Workshop is worthwhile.
- Once you've had enough of the city life, jump in your motorhome and discover the 'Nature Coast' north of Wellington. Kapiti island is an internationally-famed nature reserve where visitors can mingle with rare native birds.
- Spend some time in Martinborough, a short drive from Wellington. This is a popular wine-growing area – specialties include pinot noir and riesling. Toast Martinborough, a wine and food festival that attracts more than 10,000 people each November, is the Wairarapa’s best known major event.
- British patriot and farmer John Martin designed Martinborough’s central streets in the shape of a Union Jack.
- Wairarapa, in New Zealand's southern North Island, is a premium wine destination, renowned for Kiwi hospitality and a laid-back lifestyle. The region is a weekend favourite for fine food and wines, or nature trips to a national wildlife reserve, forest parks, and vast stretches of wild coast.
- A good place to base yourself is Martinborough Village Camping, the South Wairarapa's Qualmark 4 Star Rated Holiday Park. Set amongst vineyards with views to the Martinborough Hills and Tararua Ranges, it is an easy walk to numerous local cafes, wineries and restaurants. You can park up your motorhome on a well priced powered camp site, or use the dump station and refill your water.
- Nature and wildlife attractions include the Cape Palliser seal colony, rare native bird species at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, and many nature tracks.
- A southern hemisphere version of Stonehenge opened near Carterton in 2005. The stone circle - a full-scale replica of the original Stonehenge - incorporates ancient Egyptian, Babylonian and Indus Valley astronomy, Polynesian navigation, and Celtic and Māori star lore.
- Putangirua Pinnacles - seen in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - are 1000-plus years old. The formation, sculpted by heavy rain erosion on soft rocks, loses 1cm per year.