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Interesting Facts About Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour and surrounded by rolling hills, it's a city waiting to be explored. Find out a bit about Wellington before you arrive. Here you'll find some interesting facts and figures and information about the history of the city we love.

The earliest name for Wellington, from Maori legend, is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui. In Maori it means ‘the head of Maui's fish’. Caught and pulled to the surface by Polynesian navigator Maui, the fish became the North Island. Evidence of early Maori settlement and cultivation can be found at sites all around the Wellington peninsula.

The Polynesian explorer Kupe is credited with the initial discovery of Wellington Harbour. From Maori tradition it is estimated he arrived with his followers around the 10th century. Several places around the Wellington peninsula were named by Kupe - for example Matiu (Somes) Island and Makaro (Ward) Island. People have lived here since Kupe's discovery.

Roads in New Zealand twist and turn and passing lanes are not always present. Remember that you are driving a Motorhome or Campervan and so will not be able to travel that fast anyway. Allow for a normal speed . Please be courteous and pull over where possible to allow the queue of traffic behind to pass. Being self-contained, you can stretch your legs and brew a cuppa at the same time while admiring the view.

Hiring a motorhome and travelling around New Zealand is a popular and relaxing way of seeing the country.

Wellington is the perfect place for lots of natural adventures. Rent a campervan or motorhomes for a unique experience of adventure in Wellington. Driving your rented motorhome or campervan on holidays can be most comfortable journey and unforgettable experience that you ever enjoy.

Decide how many people are going to travel with you. This will help to decide how many berth you need.Specify your needs and basic requirements that you want when hiring motorhome / campervan or rv.

It can be very exiting experience for your trip having your Motorhome / Campervan for adventure. You can enjoy each and every moments of your Motorhoming holiday with your family having full freedom.

Wellington is located on the south coast of New Zealand's North Island and enjoys a temperate, climate with an all-year-round absence of temperature extremes. Strong winds are a feature of Wellington's climate.

Wellington sits on a latitude of 41.2 degrees South. Cities on similar latitudes in the Northern hemisphere include Rome, Italy and Salt Lake City, Utah. Wellington is cooler in summer than these northern hemisphere cities because of the moderating effects of the surrounding Pacific Ocean.


Anglo-Boer War Block House -
This is the most southerly relic of the Anglo-Boer war. It was one of a number of fortified Block Houses built by the British to protect the railway line from boer commandos.

Coronation Arch & Victoria park - The park with its shady trees, forms a backdrop to the arch erected in commemoration of the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902

Ouma Granny's House - A beautiful little Victorian house with a unique and priceless collection that will take you back to days of yore.

Wellington Museum - Wellington Museum features not only the cultures of various African ethnic groups but also prides itself in having ties with countries as far afield as America, England, Scotland, France and the Netherlands. The museum also exhibits Stone-Age artifacts, a major collection of Egyptian artifacts and exhibits of various pioneers who made their mark on the history of Wellington and South Africa.

Wellington Botanic Garden - Over 26 hectares of unsurpassed views, unique landscape, exotic forests, native bush, colourful floral displays and gorgeous specialist gardens.

Cannon Point Walkway - A popular trail within the Akatarawa Forest, the bush lined Cannon Point Walkway features the 1929 Birchville Dam and superb views of the Hutt Valley.

Hutt River Trail - Enter at numerous points along the Hutt River, from the Petone foreshore to Birchville, Upper Hutt. Running from Petone's Hikoikoi Reserve to Birchville, Upper Hutt, the 30km Hutt River Trail reminds of the early Maori foot tracks alongside Te Awa Kairangi (Hutt River).

Kapiti Island Alive Nature and Heritage Tours - Kapiti Island offers a unique opportunity in New Zealand to view a range of our most endangered and rare birds, in a completely natural situation.

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park - Site of one of the last battles between Maori and early colonial forces in the region, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park showcases an interesting cross-section of local heritage and environmental restoration. A haven for walking, horse riding, mountain biking, picnicking and camping, Battle Hill is also a traditional New Zealand sheep and cattle farm.

Here is small list of Tourist Park / Caravan park in Wellington - New Zealand

  • Aotea Camping Grounds - Excellent facilities including free washing machine, coin dryer, fridge/freezer and microwave. Dump station. Pets by arrangement. Member HAPNZ. Handy stop over before/after ferry crossing. Close to mega centre, aquatic centre, railway station, beaches and restaurants.
  • Camp Elsdon - Camp Elsdon offers campervan power sites, grassed tent sites close to New Zealand native bush and has a range of budget accommodation in cabins, bunk rooms and a Lodge. Accommodation space is flexible and can provide 96 beds. There are three kitchens. Two kitchens are fully equipped for self catering for large groups and has an attached dining room. Other amenities include a barbecue, laundry, trampolines, outdoor nature trails, playing field and friendly donkeys which enjoy being fed. There is ample parking for buses and cars.
  • Camp Wainui - Camp Wainui is attractively set in a sheltered valley, and offers an ideal base for activities, adventures, learning and 'time-out'. It is only 22 kilometres from the Wellington Railway Station, (about 30 minutes by car - except during "rush hour") and 10 km from the centre of Lower Hutt. Located at 203 Coast Road, Wainuiomata, the camp is less than 4 km South of the town's shopping centre.
  • Kapiti Holiday Park - Located approximately 50 minutes by car from Wellington city and combining the best of a traditional New Zealand summer holiday with the modern services and amenities we have become used to, a holiday at the Kapiti Holiday Resort just cannot be beaten.
  • Paekakariki Holiday Park - The park is in a quiet, peaceful and friendly setting with 11 acres of individually hedged sites set amongst pohutukawa and other native trees.

    Paekakariki Holiday Park is also an ideal place to stay when attending events at the stadium with a short walk to the railway station.

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