Some of our wonderful speakers have been wondering what to do while in New Zealand when not Webstocking. Here’s what some lovely folks recommended for both one’s stay in Wellington, and further afield…
Why not share your recommendations too.
Andrew’s list of awesome:
- Visiting the Waipoua Kauri Forest (north of Dargaville) followed by Sandboarding at Opononi
- Stay at the Treehouse Backpackers after catching the car ferry from Opononi
- Short walks at Waiohine Gorge (near Carterton)
- Surf Trip to Mahia, Hawkes Bay, followed by a trip around the East Cape
- Mountain Biking in the Redwood Forest , Rotorua
- Pancake Rocks , West Coast South Island
- The Catlins â€“ Southland
- Steward Island (the whole thing!)
- Tongariro Crossing
- Tora â€“ wicked part of NZ coastline only 40 mins from Martinborough vineyards
- Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park
- A beer or three at the Mussel Inn
- Margaritas at Capitol
- Train to Martinborough, bike around the wineries, dinner at the French Bistro and a night at Parehua. All a bit romantic.
- Degustation at Citron. (Wear a loose fitting trouser.)
- Gisborne/East Coast. Good beaches and good wines.
- The West Coast of the South Island.
- Milford Sound and that neck of the woods. Charming.
- Cuba St Carnival
- Get a car and just drive and see where it takes you. Sometimes the best trips are the unplanned ones.
- The Treaty at the Archive
- The old fort on top of the Miramar Peninsula
- The Beehive
- Mighty Mighty
- Aunt Daisy’s boatshed in Titahi Bay
- Walk out past the Turbine through the hills toward the south west coast
- Desolate Coast at Tora (East coast Wairarapa)
- Try to find the wreck on the beach at Waiterere beach (near Levin)
- Picnic in the botanic gardens
- Martinborough wine tour
- Bay of Islands
- Tongoriro mountain walk (I’ve always wanted to do this in summer)
- Mouraki Boulders (just north of Dunedin)
- Farewell Spit
- West Coast, South Island
- Milford Sound
- Rotorua & Lake Taupo
- Down South
- Nelson and surrrounds
- Up North
- The Cuba Street Carnival
- yummy Noms
- Rent a car. Gather road trip companions (if required)
Drive from Wellington towards Taranaki. Pause for a pie at the Hot
Bread Shop in Otaki. Stop in Wanganui to visit the Sarjeant Gallery,
McNamara Gallery, and Ross Mitchell-Anyon’s extraordinary studio on the
banks of the Whanganui river.
- On the way into Hawera, marvel at the giant dairy cow monument.
- On the way out of Hawera, abandon the country driving in favour of
Surf Highway 45.
Stop off at Oakura beach (10 minutes before New Plymouth). Surf,
swim, or just check out the lifesavers.
- In New Plymouth, visit the Len Lye show at the Govett-Brewster Art
Gallery. See if you can surreptitiously film yourself dancing in front
of ‘Tusalava’ and load it up to YouTube
- Walk the whole 7km of the coastal walkway; take your togs and stop
off at Fitzroy beach.
Climb Mt Taranaki – it’s a surprisingly easy day trip (she says
confidently, having last done it as a teenager). I’ve heard the best
experience is the very early morning climb, timed so that after reaching
the summit you see the sun rise over the North Island.
- Have a romantic (if somewhat blingy) evening stroll around Pukekura
Park during the Festival of the Lights. Also good – although perhaps
less romantic – with kids in tow.
Rent a bach in Mokau (about an hour north of New Plymouth) for a
night or two of sumptuous downtime. If you time it just right, you’ll be
able to stop in at the Urenui Rodeo (the national finals!) on your way
- Go to the vineyards in the Wairarapa. Stay in Martinborough and you can walk to a whole lot, or find yourself a driver
- Fur Patrol’s free gig after Webstock
- Breakfast Burritos at Sweet Mothers Kitchen
- Red Wine, Buffalo Mozzarella and Vitello Tonnato from Maria Pia’s Trattoria
- Cuba Street Carnival (The Saturday after webstock), street stalls, carnies, what more could you ask for?
- Go to Mighty Mighty on a Fri/Sat night, dance, observe and enjoy a toasted sandwich in the wee hours of the morning.
- Visit The New Dowse, similar to the Old Dowse, but with a mix of latte and the Arts and Crafts movement.
- Laugh at the obsession with Cuba icons, Fidels, Havana, Ernestos, propose a new cultural narrative?
- Talk to some kuwis, they have a habit of talking too fast, but you get used to the twang after a while.
- Foxton Fizz, it may be like sugar water, but at least it ain’t made by a multinational. Raspberry Spiders from Deluxe are always good on a hot day.
- Fly to Nelson and explore Golden Bay â€“ drive from Collingwood through Kahurangi National park, have kai (food) from the super isolated Nugget cafe and then emerge on the West Coast.
- Road trip within the North Island â€“ laugh at the parochial obsession with building large cultural icons from corrugated iron â€“ Te Kuiti and its large Kiwifruit, Taupo and its Trout, rinse and repeat up and down State Highway One.
- National Parks and day trips
- Raglan â€“ Sleepy Surf town turns it on, but the surf is a killer.
- As is always the case, the New Zealand dialect is an interesting one, much as the Canadians have aboot and aye, the New Zealanders have sweet, and “yeah nah” observe and ask questions, us Kiwis will always be happy to clarify for the non-locals.
Tash’s list of awesome
Waiheke’s rather nice too. Good wine.
Ben’s list of awesome
And further afield:
Mike’s list of awesome
Mike claims to not get out much hence the brevity of this list.
Sue’s list of awesome
This list was complied by sue who grew up visiting every single spot of NZ every summer holidays
so she knows what she’s talking about, although she’s never been stupid enough to bungy jump
there is a whole pile more things you can do but that’s just a taster
Sue is also available to take you on a tiki tour because nothing makes her more happy than gushing about how much she loves wellington
it might smell a bit but the geothermal activity around rotorua is pretty special
don’t miss out on Waimangu Volcanic Valley for a mix of geothermal and nature
and if you are wanting to experience a bit of Maori culture Whakarewarewa the Living Thermal Village
or for you trampers why not try Tongariro Crossing
NZ’s art deco capital is just half a days drive away
along with the building you can check out the most excellent vineyards
If you have a thing for penguins why not visit marineland for a penguin encounter
it’s a little wrong to pack all these amazing national and world heritage parks into one number, but experiencing just one of these will make you smil
Mitre Peak & Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
skip queenstown, it’s a bit of a tourist trap, however if extreme tourism is the name of your game
visit the worlds original bungy jumping site and ride the rapids in the shotover jet
check out Able Tasman National Park
farewell spit and some lovely vineyards and boutique beers and pottery around nelson
it’s hot it’s sunny there is a total fire ban at the moment, but the bay of isalnds is so lovely
check out tours to go swimming with dolphins
the kauri coast home to the great Kauri tree Tane_Mahuta
Public toilets in Kawakawa – by artist Hunderwasser
being held on the weekend after webstock this is NZ’s vibrant street carnival
you get all the fun of cuba street and the nz music scene in one day
the night parade kicks off at 9pm but we recommend getting a good spot well before then
Everyone has to eat so here’s a few place we love
– capitol, home to the best margarita in wellington and also some pretty great food
– hot and spicy, for south asian influence visit Monsoon Poon, for some indian food balti house (yes we know balti is an english thing)
– citron. there is something rather special about their Degustation menu
– Coffee & Cafes, we love our cafe culture in wellington so most places serve lovely coffee, we are also big on cake in NZ
Courtney’s list of awesome
With a Taranaki slant, in homage to her home province – go the Naki!
Joanna’s list of awesome
Kris’ list of awesome
Nue Zild (translation: New Zealand)
The glorious people at the Wellingtonista have also provided an outstanding list of Wellington based activities.
Thanks to Andy, Ben, Mike, Sue, Courtney and Kris for sharing. Have you something or somewhere to recommend? Do tell!