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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Providing  information on all aspects of New Zealand’s natural and cultural heritage. Museums are usually sober places, but the Te Papa is committed to being different – through activities for children, board games in the foyer, videos in the exhibits, and hands-on items throughout.

Te papa

The modern glass construction is located along Pipitea Point, where Captain James Cook first landed in 1769

 

Te Papa was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in February 1998. It has six floors containing permanent exhibitions, a wharf for traveling exhibitions, an art gallery, cafés, a museum shop, and an education and activity zone.

The museum focuses on New Zealand’s natural and cultural heritage, war history, and art including the national art collection. Te Papa has free entry and is open seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day), with extended hours to 9 pm Thursdays, catering for everyone as a family-friendly venue.

Te Papa

Te Papa Tongarewa is one of Wellington’s popular attractions for locals and international visitors alike. Museums are often viewed as a staid place full of dusty exhibits and locked glass cases, but Te Papa is different. As it’s growing in size and popularity year on year, Te Papa also has a unique place in the world with its focus on everything that makes Aotearoa such an interesting country to visit.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is located right in front of Wellington Harbour, overlooking the stunning views from Frank Kitts Park at Cable Street.

Te Papa

We have 4 hotels and residences which will be perfect for your stay after exploring Te papa. We offer a great selection of room types for any budget start with U Suites on Manners located at the corner of Manners and Cuba Street and offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom self-contained apartments with balconies overlooking a lively Cuba street. U Residence Hotel and U Boutique Hotel are also extremely well located, only a short 5 minute walk from Te papa with a great range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Both these hotels are pet-friendly with a varied selection of room types. U Suites on Courtenay is located at Courtenay Place which is a 10-minute walk from Te papa and these are 4 bedrooms, 3 bathroom apartments perfect for families and groups!

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Top 10 Things To Do In Masterton

The town of Masterton and its surrounding areas hold many surprises for visitors, who will find that there is a lot to see or do in this beautiful region regardless if you are into nature. Here’s our Top 10 Things To Do In Masterton.

“Top 10 Things To Do In Masterton”

Top 10 things to do in Masterton

1. Queen Elizabeth Park

As the gateway to the Wairarapa, Queen Elizabeth Park is a great place to start with all sorts of activities on offer such as tennis courts, table tennis tables, picnic facilities, and BBQs as well as an expansive area for kids to play. It’s also home to Shakespeare in the Park where you can catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout January every year.

2. Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art& History

The Aratoi Wairarapa Museum is a wonderful place for anyone with an interest in local history or art. With over 20,000 items on display, it’s impossible not to find something that catches your eye! There are also interactive exhibitions which mean you can learn more about our region when taking part in these fun activities

3. Masterton’s Public Art Trail

In the main town square, you’ll find 15 sculptures from some of New Zealand’s finest artists including Smak and Jonathan Jones! The range encompasses a wide scope with something to stimulate everyone’s interest- so if public art is your thing go check it out at Town Square!

4. Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

Pest-free animals like the rare native kiwi bird make this spot on our Things to do list an absolute MUST. This is truly something your kids will love because not only are there animals but there are also play areas for them as well as informative talks about individual species. A real treat for everyone who visits (and loves animals).

5. Mount Holdsworth

Mount Holdsworth near Masterton has two great walks for families. The first is a short 15-minute walk to Rocky Point and the second is a longer 45-minute walk along the Holdsworth Loop Track (4km). Both offer amazing views and can be enjoyed by all ages!

Top 10 things to do in Masterton
Top 10 things to do in Masterton

6. Masterbowl

If you’re a keen golfer or just looking for a fun day out with the kids then head over to Masterton’s very own 9 holes mini-golf course. It has been designed so even novice players have a chance of getting a hole in one! The clubhouse offers all sorts of refreshments too so you can enjoy hot chips or ice cream while your little ones play away on the putting green

7. The Wool Shed

For a small fee, you can come to this historical building and see how wool was processed in the past. You will be able to look at old machinery that was originally used for this purpose as well as be able to touch some of it too. Don’t forget your camera! This is something the kids will love so why not make a day out of it?

8 . Henley Lake

This is another picturesque location perfect for cycling, walking, or rollerblading around. The lake itself is about 3 kilometers long but only about half that width so it’s easy to do laps if you want to walk or run around it instead. There are several paths by the side which makes access simple and safe because there also here is the perfect place to have a picnic or let the kids run around and tire themselves (or you) out.

9 . Masterton Vineyards

If being surrounded by nature isn’t your thing then why not have a little taste of it instead? Masterton is home to several vineyards where you can indulge in delicious grape varieties grown on-site. This is an excellent way to spend an afternoon!

10. Wairarapa Farmer’s Market

If you’ve ever been to a farmer’s market before then you know how great they are! You can sample so much food and buy fresh, local produce. The Wairarapa Farmer’s Market happens every Saturday from 8:00 – 11:30 so you have plenty of time to fit it in your trip.

Top 10 things to do in Masterton

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And after a long day of playing in the sun with your family exploring our Top 10 Things To Do In Masterton, we’re here at U Studios Masterton. Come stay and enjoy our beautiful garden area that includes an outdoor swimming pool to cool you off after being outside all day! There’s plenty of space for kids as well so they can explore while their parents relax on a pool while having a cool drink in hand or get some much-needed rest around this stunning oasis.

Cuba Street Wellington

Do you want to explore Cuba Street, Wellington’s most prominent and colourful street? The Civic Square? How about shopping on the Golden Mile? Are you one of those people who love the theatre? Be part of the community by staying right in the heart of all the action!

Cuba Street Wellington

If you want to experience Cuba Street in all its glory, from the morning through to the evening, then do we have the perfect place for you stay while you visit the Coolest Capital in the World! Choose from beautiful handpicked apartments with balconies overlooking Cuba Street to modest boutique-style Wellington accommodation right in the heart of the action.  Booking directly with us is always the best way to ensure you get the apartment you want at the best prices!

Cuba Street Wellington is lined with boutiques, coffee houses and cafes creating a vibrant and electric atmosphere

 

“Wellington was voted the coffee capital of the world in 2019 and it’s not hard to see why when you visit Cuba Street and the colourful streets that surround it! Apart from the most amazing coffee experience the quirky street art and the most unique boutique shops all in one very convenient place while bobbing your head to the lively street buskers.”

Cuba Street got it’s name from an early settler ship that arrived into Wellington’s shores in 1840. You will find many shops, bars and restaurants that relate to Cuba such as the Havana Bar and Fidel’s café and a major espresso coffee brand sold in many café’s in Wellington is the Havana coffee which is a must try!

Wellington’s Civic Square, the waterfront, TePapa Tongarewa – Museum of New Zealand, Courtenay Place and Lambton Quay are all easy walking distance from Cuba Street. We have 4 hotels and residences which will be perfect for your Wellington escape offering a great selection of room types for any budget

Cuba Street Wellington

U Suites on Manners is located in the corner of Manners and Cuba Street and offers 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom self-contained apartments, some with balconies overlooking this lively street.  U Residence Hotel and U Boutique Hotel are also extremely well located, only a short 5 minute walk from Cuba Street with a great range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.  Both these hotels are pet-friendly with a varied selection of room types. U Suites on Courtenay is located at Courtenay Place which is a 10 minute walk from Cuba Street and these are 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartments perfect for families and groups!

 

Cuba Street the heart of culture in Wellington that can’t be missed!

 

“Experience the culture and heartbeat of Wellington at the Cuba Street precinct whether on leisure or business! The St James Theatre, The Opera House, The Embassy Theatre, Circa Theatre, world class restaurants, bars, colourful street art, liveliest atmosphere, boutique shopping experiences and the friendliest faces you will find await you in the Coolest Little Capital in the World!”

If you are looking to have the vibrant Cuba Street as a back drop to your Wellington holiday then get in touch with us or Book Direct for the best prices.

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Kapiti Island: Perfect day trip from Wellington

“Kapiti Island: The Perfect day trip from Wellington”

Are you looking for a day trip from Wellington to Kapiti Island? Kapiti is a perfect place for you and your family. You can enjoy dolphins hanging around in the ocean, walking through interesting flora and fauna of Kapiti Island, watching New Zealand native bird species flying all over the island and more…

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is only an one hour ferry ride from Paraparaumu Beach on the west side of Wellington with U Studios Paraparaumu Beach located right next to it! So its the perfect trip outside Wellington! but if you want to stay overnight U Studios Paraparaumu Beach is perfect for U! U Studios Paraparaumu Beach offers motel style accommodation by Paraparaumu beach with views to Kapiti and many cafes and restaurants around you. It’s a got everything you need for a nice stay, in a perfect locations.

Kapiti Island
Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is the perfect destination for all ages, with Kapiti Island tours available, great cafes and restaurants to have a bite or coffee. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten track destination where you can really relax Kapiti island will be your best choice!

Kapiti Island

“Kapiti Island, a must do adventure when you stay at Paraparaumu Beach.”

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Top 10 Things to do in Nelson

“Top 10 Things to do in Nelson!”

Nelson is a city where you can find great mountain biking trails, amazing beaches and some of the world’s best wines. However, there are also other things to see and do in Nelson that shouldn’t be missed when you come for a visit! Here are they:

1. Centre of New Zealand

Center of New Zealand is a sculpture in the shape of a map designed by Steve Wood. You can easily find it in Nelson because it’s located right next to the largest roundabout in town. It is easy to make your friends back home believe you when you tell them about this place!

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

2. Nelson Classic Car Museum

At the Nelson Classic Car Museum, you can see a whole bunch of vintage automobiles from the 1940s to the 1970s. Some of them were even owned by famous people. You can even drive some of these cars for a small fee!

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

3. Nelson Saturday Market

Nelson Saturday Market is a great place if you want to buy fresh produce, locally made crafts and baked goods. There are also many food vendors at this market who will cook delicious traditional cuisine from countries around the world in their stalls.

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

4. Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island, or when translated literally “deer island” is actually one of Moutere Inlet’s largest islands and it has become a privately-owned wildlife sanctuary since 2001. It used to be called Rabbit Island by hunters/gatherers because of the large population of rabbits that lived here for many generations.

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

5. Miyazu Japanese Garden

The Miyazu Japanese garden embodies peace and tranquility with its traditional koi pond, bonsai trees and spacious tea house. It’s located right next to Nelson city center and is a nice place for a romantic getaway or a peaceful afternoon stroll!

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

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Top 10 things to do in Nelson

6. The Suter Art Gallery Nelson

The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson contains historical fine art from New Zealand and other countries around the world including works by Monet, Cezanne and Picasso! They also have local exhibits that you can enjoy free of charge every day from 10am to 4:30pm.

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

7. Tahunanui Beach

Tahuna is the Maori word for hello and that’s exactly how you feel when you hit this beach. It’s an absolutely beautiful stretch of perfect white sand with palm trees lining the shoreline. Surfers love Tahuna because it has great waves all year around! Nothing beats watching the sunrise over the bay at this picturesque beach, so grab your camera and make sure to bring a friend – there’s room for everyone.

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

8. Queen’s Gardens

The gorgeous Queen’s Gardens are located right in Nelson city center near Church Street, behind Parliament House! These gardens are some of Nelson’s most popular places among locals because they are just so pretty . There are many different type of flower and tree species in the garden, including some rare Wellingtonias that were planted by Governor George Grey. This is also a great place to have picnics, stroll around with your family and friends, birdwatch or just go for a jog.

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

9. Nelson Farmer Market

The Nelson Farmer Market is a great place to get fresh produce every Saturday morning! Located right in the heart of Nelson, this market has been running for more than 30 years and attracts over 40 different vendors selling farm-fresh goods. Make sure to stop by and pick up some food for your next adventure – you won’t regret it!

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

10. Founders Park

Explore display’s from the history of Nelson from the early 1800s to the present day. There are a lot of great things to see at Founders Park, including old vintage trains and a steam engine, a double-decker bus and even a submarine! Make sure to keep your eyes open for ‘Fred’ – an enormous tortoise that has been estimated to be over 120 years old.

Top 10 things to do in Nelson

And come stay with us at U Boutique on Haven – Nelson we offers you the privacy you require with 9 rooms all with ensuite bathrooms. Our rooms are suitable for short term or long-term stays as we have a communal kitchen, laundry, dining, lounge, workspaces and picnic/outdoor living areas. So, we call this a Sleepery as it’s not a Hotel or Motel, but a Historic Villa built-in 1890 turned into something different right in the heart of Nelson!

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Top 10 things to do in Nelson

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

“Top 10 Things to do in Wellington!”

1. Wellington Cable Car: It is a must to ride the famous cable car which takes you up and down hill from Lambton Quay to Kelburn as well as an option to switch lines halfway for a side trip to Karori Wildlife Sanctuary This historic funicular railway ought to be one of your first stops within Wellington city.

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

2. Cuba Street: Take some time out for strolling around Cuba Street, named after the island nation of Cuba, also known as The Big Apple of South America because of its culturally vibrant urban atmosphere. Havana Coffee Works is a good coffeehouse in the neighborhood where you can buy freshly roasted coffee beans from here!

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

3. Museum of New Zealand Te papa Tongarewa: is situated in Wellington, New Zealand. It contains one of the finest collection of Maori artifacts, taonga (treasures), pounamu (NZ jade) and other art objects.

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

4. ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary: This is a must-visit for all eco-tourists traveling to Wellington. Also known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, this nature reserve covers 223 hectares in the city limits making it world’s largest urban ecosanctuary!

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

“Explore the Top 10 Things to do when you visit Wellington the world coolest little capitol and stay with us at U Boutique Hotel Wellington”

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

5. Mount Victoria Lookout: Mount Victoria lookout offers you a spectacular views over the city and harbor. You can spend some time enjoying these views while having a picnic on your own or with your family.

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

6. Old St Paul’s Church: This is the second oldest Anglican church in New Zealand. Completed in 1866, it was designed by Frederick Thatcher to replace another church built in 1840 (the first stone church of Wellington).

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

7. Wellington Zoo: It is NZ’s capital city zoo and home to more than 80 species of exotic and native animals including the famous Giant Panda, Tian Tian! You can walk around through NZ bush or take a tram ride while enjoying these beautiful creatures roaming freely within their habitats.

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

8. Oriental Bay: This place is also known as “Wellington harbor sands” because it has white sands instead of black like other parts of Wellington coast line with a lot of cafes and restaurants for you to choose from.

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

9. Wellington City Walkways: It is a walk that guide you around the CBD (central business district) of Wellington and it’s quite interesting to see how many stairs or footpaths there are! I dare not count myself but there is at least over 10,000 steps! This area has been split up into different sections which we will explore one by one.

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

10. Wellington Night Market: Every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm-late, Cuba st comes alive with this huge night market where you can find handmade goodies from clothings, handbags & accessories to food. You won’t know what to choose from because everything is so good! There was even a group of men sitting down playing music on recycled materials like bucket as a drum and a piece of wood which they banged on it and created music with.

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

And after your amazing trip from the top 10 things to do in Wellington you can stay and relax at one of our hotels at U Boutique Hotel Wellington we offers a European-styled boutique accommodation over 2 funky buildings on Frederick Street right in the heart of Cuba Quarter.

U Residence Hotel Wellington offers stylish serviced apartments with a host of amenities and comforts to make your stay memorable while you explore New Zealand’s Capital City

located right in the hub of Wellington CBD, this stylish hotel is within walking distance from top attractions such as cable car ride up to Kelburn, free museums and galleries, wellness ZONE pool & spa at our Wellesley Boutique Hotel With almost all other tourist spots easily reached by bus, train or taxi – there really isn’t a better spot from where to enjoy Wellington!

Book online to get the best deal now and check out the Top 10 things to do in Wellington!

Top 10 things to do in Wellington

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Wellington Waterfront

“The best hotel near Wellington Waterfront!”

Looking for an entertaining and beautiful walk for families, couples, runners, and cyclists alike during your time in Wellington? Well, look no further! It was once the centre of Wellington’s bustling port; Wellington Waterfront is now home to a vibrant atmosphere with lots of unique features along with the city’s most impressive restaurants and bars and well-known attractions such as the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, The TSB Area etc. It is one of the best things to do when you visit the Coolest Capital in the World. 

Just a quick 3-minute stroll from Wellington Railway Station and walking along the water’s edge, you can fully enjoy the magnificent views of the harbour, spread your view over to Clyde Wharf, cross the Queen’s Wharf to visit St John’s restaurant or Karaka Café for amazing food, or spend some times with your family and friends doing kayaking or just experiencing the Indoor Activities inside Shed 1.

Wellington Waterfront

When planning your trip to Wellington, we – U Hotel Group- are a one-stop shop for all travellers on all budgets. From boutiques style to residence to apartments, all four hotels are located within walking distance to Wellington Waterfront. Booking directly with us is always the best way to ensure you get the apartment you want at the best prices! Moreover, if you are looking for pet-friendly accommodation in Wellington, U Hotel Group Offers Pet-Friendly Accommodation in 2 centrally located hotels for both you and your pet.

Wellington Waterfront

U Residence Hotel Wellington is a cool little pet-friendly Boutique Apartment Hotel in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment and cultural district opposite to TePapa – the Museum of New Zealand and a stone’s throw away from the Wellington Waterfront restaurants, bars, and esplanade. The Hotel rooms boast fully equipped kitchens with cooking and laundry facilities with an option of queen or king studios, one and 2-bedroom apartments, all with balconies for that complete stay. We supply dog beds, water bowl (subject to availability) and a little treat for the furry or hairy member of the family!

Wellington Waterfront

Our other centrally located pet-friendly accommodation in Wellington is
U Boutique Hotel
, 25 Frederick Street, which is a 10-minute walk from 
the Wellington Waterfront, has a various choice of rooms available, with a total of 13 rooms from accommodation with shared bathroom facilities to large 1 Bedroom Family Apartments with Kitchenette and ensuite bathroom facilities! Please make sure you contact us so we can confirm that the room you have booked is pet friendly, as not all rooms are suitable for pets.

If you are looking for something bigger, you have found it here at U Hotel Group! We have four spectacular choices, all with their unique charm, feeling and location.

Wellington Waterfront

U Suites on Manners has a range of Two Bedroom Apartments, some with balconies and some without, all with city street views. All apartments have two separate bedrooms. They offer a large lounge and ensuite bathroom with full laundry facilities. Ideally located, the U Suites on Manners are close to the hip and happening Cuba street, lined with restaurants, coffee houses, and bars.

Wellington Waterfront

U Suites on Courtenay is the crème of the crop! These luxury penthouse apartments have four bedrooms and three bathrooms. They offer amazing views of the city, overlooking the Waterfront and basically located in the centre of Wellington’s entertainment district. Housekeeping services can be arranged during the stay if required for a small charge.

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A Cable Experience

There is simply no better way to experience the hidden charm that Wellington has to offer than to take this 5-minute ride from the heart of city center, up through the hillside terraced houses of Kelburn to the lookout perched high above the city.

Enjoy easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place (at Carter Observatory) and Zealandia (via free shuttle).

Its a must do experience when in Wellington !

Unwind with a view at the Cable Top Eatery, located at the top of the Cable Car offering a range of local food and drinks, gelatos, pizzas, wine and NZ craft beers. 

Right next door is the fragrance emporium Fragrifert with its unique Victorian décor and perfume distillery. Just a short stroll from behind the Cable Car Museum (follow the green line) is The Vest Practice Fashion Boutique and Gourmet pantry, inside the historic Dominion Observatory. 

While exploring Wellington’s beautiful Botanic Gardens look out for the Picnic Café, located beside the Begonia house in the heart of Wellington’s beautiful Botanic Garden a great place to refuel before continuing on your walk.