Wellington Day Trips

One-day Wellington excursions

Up to 10 must-day trips from Wellington Take a look at these 10 fantastic day trips from Wellington to see what you can do for your next out-of-town outing. The Turakirae Scientific Reserve is a great day out from Wellington. It' a 45 min (3km) footpath from the parking lot to the top. From Wellington, take your next day out to the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island.

This area offers you wild animals, breathtaking strolls and a light house to discover. There' s no better way than a day excursion from Wellington to the Paekakariki Escarpment Track. Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wild-life Centre is a must and offers a great day out from Wellington for children.

It is a haven for some of New Zealand's most renowned game. This quiet isle is a haven for New Zealand's indigenous bird life. Day out from Wellington and hike through the jungle or reach the highest top of the archipelago (521m) for scenic outlooks. Please note that the only way to reach the islands is through a licensed travel agent, so you will need to contact Kapiti Explorer & Marine Charter or Kapiti Island Nature Tours to make an appointment.

Ch√Ęteau Point has been chosen as one of New Zealand's best beach. It was first lighted in 1913 and is one of the last lighthouses in New Zealand. For some it may be too long for a day out of Wellington, so go camping for the weekends at Burgundy Point Holiday Park and make the most of a week-end.

A prizewinning, specially constructed MTB resort in the midst of 250 ha of indigenous scrub, Makara Peak is ideal for adventurous junkiers looking for an easily-accessible day out from Wellington. When you don't have a MTB, you can hire one from Mud Cycles in Karori on the way to the trail.

It is a rocky sandy spot with clear water when quiet and is only 20 minutes from Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park. End your day out with an icecream from the cafe near the shore. Culling blueberries at Blue Berry Farm is the ideal way to make a day out from Wellington and do just that!

Only 35 minutes by car from downtown Wellington, you can stop by for a few long hrs or just enjoy the day there. Otaki, an hr northern of Wellington on State Highway 1, is a great day getaway for those who love to shop. Cruise southwards along Kapiti Lane to the Otaki River estuary platform (Google Maps) and enjoy the magnificent view over the Otaki River estuary and its gamelife.

The Wairarapa Moana wetlands, the biggest wetland on the South North Island, plays an important part in the support of indigenous flora and fauna. The Matthews and Boggy Pond Game Reserve have a scenic and hiking trail that is best suited for getting to know the local game.

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