Wellington, New Zealand

  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
Travel + Leisure

Make a reservation at Martin Bosley's Restaurant, which occupies the glass-walled dining room of a 126-year-old yacht club. The space is tidy but unpretentious, with views of vintage sailboats and old sheds once used by the American Navy. The focus, however, is on what's on the plate, which almost always comes straight from the surrounding waters.

Wellington, New Zealand

Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you've really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We're taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.

Must-Sees from the Editors of Travel + Leisure

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

There's a lot more than artifacts behind glass cases at New Zealand’s national museum. The focus here is on interactive exhibits such as OurSpace, a 46-foot floor map of the country loaded with sensors that, when you step on the touch-screen-like hotspots, bring up information on local culture and geography.

Makara Walking Track

This four-mile cliffside loop passes scenic Pacific overlooks and a handful of compelling historic sites. A Maori fortress keeps watch over Fisherman’s Bay, while gun emplacements mark the perimeter of Fort Opau, once occupied by World War II soldiers.

Wellington Botanic Garden

Take the Wellington Cable Car up to this 44-acre park, established in 1844. It’s home to some of the oldest exotic trees in the country, as well as a heritage rose garden and a Begonia House full of tropical plants. The most serene place: the Peace Garden, thanks to its waterfall and placid pond.

Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.

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