Places to see
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Queens Wharf is a vibrant area full of interesting things to do and see, including waterfront cafes & restaurants, the City to Sea Maritime Museum, ( a must-see for visitors!), Fergs Rock & Kayak and much more! Check out the official waterfront website for more information: www.wellingtonwaterfront.co.nz .
Also Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, the most vibrant and interesting museum in the Southern Hemisphere, is just a stroll away around the waterfront past Frank Kitts park.
Matiu / Somes Island
This fascinating Island, only recently opened to the public, is a reserve administered by the Department of Conservation. It is steeped in local history, from early Maori settlement to more recent times as a prisoner of war camp, and quarantine station. Now it is being allowed to revert back to its native flora and fauna. Being rodent free, the birdlife is amazing and you may even be lucky enough to see the native tuatara that have recently been reintroduced to the island.
The views from all over the easy walking tracks on the island are unsurpassed and not to be missed!
Check out the accompanying link video clip highlighting the natural and historic heritage of Matiu Somes Island, Wellington Harbour’s larget island. You can glimpse endangered species such as Tuatara and giant weta- one of the world’s heaviest insect. Also you learn about the island’s rich history, from the days of the Maori living there to the human and animal quarantine station and through to today’s tranquil conservation sanctuary.
Take a picnic and allow at least 3 hours to explore!
Eastbourne Village is an attractive shopping centre and is served by restaurants, antique shops and an art gallery.
The village is 5 minutes drive (15 minutes walk) from Days Bay and is serviced by regular buses. On advising the captain during the voyage, groups can be met at the wharf for transportation to Eastbourne.
You can check out what’s happening and things to see and do in the Hutt Valley visiting www.huttvalleynz.com
Petone is the ferry service’s latest destination. Just 20 minutes from Queens Wharf will see you arrive at Petone Wharf. From there it just a 5 minute walk through to the Jackson St. On your way, you may like to call in at the Petone Settlers Museum. The Museum is just a couple of minutes walk along the esplanade from the wharf and its full of Petone’s rich early history and settler development.
For those who enjoy shopping and cafes, Jackson Street in Petone has got to be one of the most exciting retail precincts in the country, and has just about everything for the shopper, casual visitor and tourist.
Along a retail strip nearly a kilometre in length are a huge variety of specialty shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, neatly arranged among unique heritage buildings and displaying a wide range of goods and services simply not available elsewhere.
Visiting Jackson Street is an experience of old world charm and modern service. Where else can you buy a packet of nails (only as many as you need), or sample a slice of Dutch cheese and then relax in a funky cafe with a superb latte or sip a quality New Zealand wine on a sunny sidewalk?
The Jackson Street experience can be as simple as enjoying a superb coffee, or a day’s outing of full-on shopping, strolls to take in the heritage buildings, and a meal or entertainment to finish the day.
Petone also boasts a range of specialty food stores in close proximity to Jackson St, including the hugely popular La Bella Italia. A must visit for brunch or lunch