Not only is Wellington New Zealand’s capital, but it’s also one of the world’s most artistic and entertaining cities. Given the amount of museums, sights, cafés, beaches, and attractions —one day isn’t nearly enough time to properly experience Wellington. That said, if all you have is 24 hours to walk through “Windy Welly,” then here’s an idea of how to spend one day in Wellington to maximize your little bit of time.
Auckland is known for many things — but romance isn’t usually one of them. Which is simply to say it doesn’t have the same reputation as Paris or Venice, heavily marketed as classic spots to swoon. When most travelers think about Auckland, they might instead think about its harbor or the rain — but there’s far more to the City of Sails. If you’re visiting Auckland with your significant other, here are some of the most romantic activities in Auckland to make a lasting impression.
Sailboats, shopping, vineyards, islands, beaches, rain and cafés — all are words that come to mind when travelers think about Auckland. Art, however, is notably missing from the city’s associations, which is a shame since the city has so many places for viewing collections of art.
Winding its way from the Tasman Sea to the highest slopes on the North Island, the Waikato River is a historic vein running right through the middle of Hamilton. This is the way that native Maori began to eventually move inland — exploring and venturing away from the coast until finally reaching Lake Taupo. It’s also the waterway Englishmen used when slowly colonizing the North Island, sporadically battling Maori tribes as they gradually settled Waikato.
Ninety Mile Beach, despite it’s name, is 55 miles long. Even with the coastal misnomer, however, there are seemingly over 100 different activities on Ninety Mile Beach. One of the most popular activities is bodyboading and sledding your way down the towering dunes, where views stretch out towards the Tasman Sea as you rapidly slide towards the surf. The beach itself is actually a highway at periods around low tide, and coastal tours of Ninety Mile Beach let visitors experience driving on the beach from the window seat of a bus. When stopped at low tide, dig in the sand for tuatua—a popular Northland shellfish—or strike up a chat with local fisherman casting their rods in the surf.