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.
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.
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.
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.
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.