Ep20: Celebrating Capitals – Wellington and Canberra

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On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, celebrating our Capitals. We delve into the hidden gems of Wellington, trawling some time-honoured neighbourhoods, and we take a ride on the Remutaka Rail Trail. Plus we cross the ditch to highlight some must-sees in Canberra.

Ovolo hotels, Wellington
Ovolo Hotel, Wellington. Photo: Ovolo Hotels

We start our Wellington regional exploratory in Petone, the cradle of planned European settlement. We venture inside the Petone Settlers Museum, packed with heritage nuggets, before basking in the culinary brilliance of Jackson Street. Within this 800 metre stretch, you can gorge from 72 eateries! We highlight some prime picks.

Dessert Laboratory Wellington
Fruggi, Dessert Laboratory. Photo: Dessert Laboratory

Wellington’s favourite neighbourhoods. After dipping into Petone, we roam the heritage treasures of historic Thorndon. Admire our founding documents in the Document Room at the National Library, have lunch at The Thistle Inn and dine on Kiwi comfort food at the wonderful Daisy’s restaurant on Tinakori Road.

Scheckters deli, Petone
Scheckters deli, Petone. Photo: Hutt valley

Hutt Valley highlights. North of Wellington, Brewtown is an astonishing entertainment hub, recasting people’s perceptions of Upper Hutt. While you’re in the neighbourhood, hit the pedals on an incredible ride on the Remutaka Rail Trail, connecting the Hutt Valley with the Wairarapa.

Brewtown, Wellington
Brewtown. Photo: Mike Yardley

Australia’s national capital of Canberra often gets a bum rap. But is it really deserved? Within this strikingly man-made capital, there are plenty of nuggets to stake out, from the Australian War Memorial Museum to the National Museum of Australia, where you’ll ogle Phar lap’s heart. Plus there’s some great foodie finds in Newacton and Braddon.

Australia War Museum
Australian War Museum. Photo: Mike Yardley
  • 01:15 Wellington / Petome
  • 07:36 Wellington / Throndon
  • 12:04 Wellington; Brewtown / Upperhutt
  • 17:30 Exploring Canberra

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