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5 Amazing Short Drive Destinations for a Wellington Getaway

With hectic lifestyles and busy work weeks, it sometimes becomes next to impossible to find time for a family vacation. Luckily enough, Wellington offers a lot of convenient options for tours that will rejuvenate you,giving you that much needed short break from work.Apart from the spectacular waterfront, zoos and gardens, national museum and the quirky café culture,the city is skirted by some amazing suburbs waiting to be explored. Take a car rental in Wellington city and head out to the following destinations for a fun getaway:

1. Kapiti Coast

Head north of Wellington to reach this relaxing destination by car. It is an ideal one-day trip and a great option for nature lovers. Also known as the Golden Coast, this area is known for its serene beaches and sweeping coastlines. You will also get to see endangered birds like the Little Spotted Kiwi and Takahe if you are lucky.

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2. The Wairarapa

This area of vineyards and wineries is located to the northeast of Wellington. It is a wonderful way to spend your weekends as you can enjoy some sumptuous wine tours and taste some of the best wines New Zealand has to offer. Martinborough in the South district of Wairarapa has an amazing collection, especially if you are fond of Pinot Noir. A relaxing drive through Martinborough will surely transport with joy!

3. Picton

Pick this for a weekend overnight outing and start heading south from Wellington in your car rental. The town called Picton is a small and beautiful place in Marlborough, known for its scenic beauty and local wines. You can hike to the Queen Charlotte track with your kids, visit the areas cultivating Sauvignon Blanc or make a ferry trip. Ferry boats can be a great attraction for kids as they have magic shows, movie theatres and a lot more on the boats!

4. Palliser Bay

Pick this day trip for an off-beaten experience with your family or friends. Visit the largest seal colony in the North Island, check out The Lord of the Rings locale, click pictures at the spectacular Cape Palliser Bay Lighthouse and have lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel. This is a great option to break your mundane routine and try something new.

5. Taupo

If you have a long-weekend off, head to Taupo, the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand. Enjoy the outstanding waterfalls, stay in a hotel with a panoramic view and visit the National Park with a UNESCO dual World Heritage status. Adventure lovers are sure to get their dose of adrenaline here!
Next time you have a day or a weekend free, plan a short trip to these destinations and find yourself coming back happier to work!

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Kishar Ahmed is a travel junkie who’s passionate about traveling and writing. He finished his Bachelor of Engineering in 2012, and as all typical engineers do, he had no clue what to do in life.

That is when he decided to combine his passions and start a travel blog. He wanted to travel far and wide, at the same time letting others know about the exotic places he discovered. That is how TheWanderingStar was born.

Thewanderingstar is a website dedicated to traveling and keeping its reader updated with the latest fads in the travel world. It is a concoction of wide-ranging topics such as diving, exotic destinations, travel tips, budget tips, and so on.

Though this started off with a single author, today it has multiple authors who have traveled to places unimaginable.

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