Wellington’s mystical ambiance attracts those in search of romance. The city’s natural beauty makes it the perfect homebase for exploring. Travelers can wander misty hillsides, stroll along waterfront promenades, or hike through green valleys. Visit Wellington Botanic Garden for an up-close look at exotic trees and plants.

A neighboring town, Martinborough, features more than 20 vineyards and is accessible by horse-drawn carriage. Take a scenic drive around the Pauatahanui Inlet and Bird Sanctuary for picturesque views of the coastline.

Insider Tip: Kapiti Island is one of Wellington’s best-kept secrets. Climb 1,700 feet to the island’s highest lookout point for stunning views of the surrounding area, and to observe exotic birds and wildlife.