With a sparkling harbour and bright green hills, Wellington is a bit of a show-off in the scenery department. This city is serious about protecting its natural beauty. The area is peppered with nature reserves where you can learn all about local conservation activities.
The city's most innovative nature reserve is ZEALANDIA, an urban ecosanctuary that aims to return the land to a pre-human state. Another special sanctuary is Kapiti Island, home to a an array of rare birds. Tours are available with Māori guides.
Make room for active adventures on your itinerary, too. You can go mountain biking, rock climbing or kayaking. Back in town, enjoy hiking, biking and save plenty of time for picnicking. Here's a guide to the best outdoor adventures in Wellington.