Quality Hotel Marlborough
20 Nelson Street
Phone: (64) 3 5777333
Fax: (64) 3 5777337
Set in an idyllic native bush and rural setting, just a short drive from the city is this beautiful 18 hole, par 70 course. The graded tees enable you to select your chosen degree of difficulty whether beginner or experienced. Excellent facilities include a practice fairway, pro shop and fully catered clubhouse.
Visit the Red Rocks Scientific Reserve along the wild south coastline, where in the winter hundreds of seals can be found sunbathing among the rocks. Guided tours are available from central Wellington. Enquire at the Wellington Visitor Information Centre. The two and a half hour tour explores areas inaccessible to the general public and includes a trip to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine. You can also walk the eight kilometre track or take your own car.
Mountain Bike Headquarters and information center, Mud Cycles offers a wide range of services such as bike hire to sales of new and used bikes. In addition to being a Bike Hire Store, Mud Cycles also offers scenic tours as well as Expert level cycling tours to Karapoti or Makara Peak. They have also created an obstacle course and also provide training if you want to learn cycling or want to become an expert. They cater to individuals as well as groups.
Discover Wellington's marine life without getting your feet wet at Island Bay Marine Education Centre. The laboratory has indoor and outdoor tanks enabling you to learn about, see and touch the marine wildlife in a safe learning environment. Have the kids pick up the spider starfish (yes like it sounds: long black legs and black body), feel the sea cucumber and handle a hermit crab. Admire the large array of seahorses the laboratory breeds. The crayfish are abundant too, although not for eating. Prior bookings have to be made in case of group visits.
This 30-metre summer-only pool is nestled in the quiet suburb of Karori only 10 minutes from the city center. Karori Swimming Pool has terraced concrete steps and a large grassed picnic area with umbrellas on tables. There is also a small 30-centimeter deep children's pool and qualified lifeguards on permanent patrol. Vending machines provide snacks. If you are sick of the crowded city pools then this is the ideal pool for you. Swimming courses, lane swimming and other lessons are given here. You can also take advantage of their spa and fitness center or organize birthdays here. The facility is open during public holidays. Check website for fruther information.
There are no fancy frills at this facility, the only public course in the Wellington region. But the layout of the Berhampore Golf Club is a good opportunity to test your prowess. Hills, sharp angles and tricky slopes are amongst the challenges for the adventurous. Many young and new players have started out playing on this 18 hole course. Golf clubs are available for hire and there is a well-stocked kiosk on site. Adults may enjoy a drink at the small clubhouse. Check website for exact hours.
The home of athletics in Wellington, this park features an all-weather running surface, changing rooms, facilities for field events and a large grandstand. Nestled in a small enclave next to Wellington Zoo this facility is designed to lessen the influence of the famous Wellington wind. Many young athletes have started here and have gone on to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games. The National Secondary School Championships are often held here featuring more than 1,200 young athletes.
Founded in 1906, Wellington's zoological gardens have all the traditional attractions. The zoo includes features such as the Tropical River Trail; New Zealand's newest and largest habitat exhibit. Zoo inhabitants include New Zealand natives such as the kiwi, the giant weta, the black stilt and the tuatara, as well as the more exotic species like the North American bison, the Nepalese red panda and the Sitatunga antelope. Call or check website for educational programs and overnight stays.
New Zealand's premier cricket ground, the Basin was originally planned as a small boat haven to be linked to the harbor by a canal. An 1855 earthquake raised the surrounding land by one meter and the Basin was laid out as a cricket oval to the delight of a century of cricket lovers from all over the world. Watching cricket "on the bank" on a balmy summers day is a wonderful experience. The National Cricket Museum is also sited at this facility. Every December the grounds are home to the magical Christmas celebration Carols by Candlelight.
There is no better place to learn windsurfing than windy Wellington harbour. Internationally qualified instructors (RYA) will provide lessons at all levels of attainment and at your own pace. New Zealand has provided many Olympic champions at windsurfing and while you may not emulate their deeds you will still have a lot of fun trying. Lesson times are by arrangement and include board and wetsuit hire.
Not just a library, this is one of Wellington's most distinctive and exciting modern buildings. It houses a fabulous collection of books, newspapers, magazines, videos, tapes and compact discs spread over three large floors. There is a wonderful children's corner which offers Pre-School Story Time and on the mezzanine floor an excellent cafe and bookstore. You will find ample parking below the building and all sorts of interesting contemporary New Zealand art around it. Admission is free.
Seal Coast Safari is a great way to get up close with the wilderness of New Zealand and that too just minutes away from downtown Wellington. The Safari includes wild goats, pet ostriches and often even wild horses and of course the star feature, the seals. Friendly guides provide you with ample knowledge and startling facts about the life of these creatures. The Safari departs from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Center at 10a and 1.30p daily and is for about three hours after which you are dropped back to the center.