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  • WellingtonWairarapaNelson Marlborough

  • Centre Stage of New Zealand A destination brand name representing the following regions:

    Wellington Wairarapa Nelson Marlborough

    Four regions packaged as one destination offering the very best of culture and heritage.

  • Centre Stage of New Zealand has conveniently packaged seven themes Natural HeritageWine and FoodCity ExcitementRural RetreatsNationhoodArts and Culture

  • Wellington

    Arts and culture capital of New ZealandMuseums and galleries ParliamentThe Cable Car

  • Wellington Urban cultureOver 300 cafes, restaurants and downtown bars Boutique fashion houses

  • Wellington Culture

    Home to the Royal NZ BalletNew Zealand Symphony OrchestraNew Zealand National OperaFour professional theatres

  • Museum Of New Zealand - Te Papa Stories of New Zealands indigenous people the Maori New Zealands geology and natural environment comes to life in Awesome ForcesExperience Time Warp!Guided tours

  • Te Ara A Maui O AotearoaThe Pathway of Maui

    Maori Eco tours - Kapiti ToursMaori art and culture - Maori TreasuresPataka Porirua Museum of Arts and Cultures Te PapaThe Treasured Pathway

  • Regional Wellington45 minutes from the centre of Wellington Porirua, Kapiti Coast and the Hutt Valley, where city meets country

    Kapiti Island Maori art and culture Gardens Wildlife reserves Boutique retreats

  • Wairarapa

    Rural retreats - over 300 B&Bs, farm stays, luxury lodges and self-contained cottagesAward winning Pinot NoirMartinborough Wine Village

  • Wairarapa

    Mount Bruce National Wildlife CentreHistoric country townsRugged South Coast and seal colony

  • Nelson300 full time artists, potters, weavers, glassblowers, wood turnersWorld of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars

  • NelsonNew Zealands highest sunshine hours per annumThree National Parks - Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and KahurangiEco tours and soft adventureFresh seafood and wine

  • MarlboroughAward winning wine regionWine toursAbundance of seafood and local produceExclusive retreats

  • MarlboroughMarlborough Sounds - cruise, sail, sea kayak, walk or fishSpectacular waterwaysQueen Charlotte Walking Track

  • Events

    February BMW Wine MarlboroughNew Zealand International Festival of the Arts (biennial)September Montana New Zealand Wearable Art AwardsWellington Fashion FestivalNovember Toast Martinborough

  • How To Get To Centre StageAirSeaRailRoad

  • How to include Centre Stage in your New Zealand itinerary

    Add a Wellington stop between Rotorua and ChristchurchWellington to Christchurch via Marlborough or Nelson Fly on to Christchurch from Nelson or take the TranzScenic train journey from Picton to Christchurch

  • Suggested ItineraryDAY 1 - Arrive Wellington Airport. Visit Te Papa, ride the Cable Car, explore Wellingtons fashion houses, caf culture and experience the theatre. DAY 2 - Drive to Martinborough Wine Village (1.5 hours), explore the boutique wineries. Discover the rugged south coast. Overnight in a boutique B&B or lodge.DAY 3 - Return to Wellington, ferry to Picton. Enjoy a short walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. Return to Picton and drive to Blenheim (20 minutes) for wine tour in New Zealands largest wine region. Overnight in a boutique hotel.5 Day 100% Pure Indulgence (self drive or small group)

  • Suggested Itinerary

    DAY 4 - Drive to Nelson (1.5 hours). Visit World of Wearable Art And Collectable Cars. Take an arts and craft trail and watch artists at work in their studios. Overnight in a country lodge and dine on fresh seafood.DAY 5 - Depart Nelson. Fly over the spectacular Marlborough Sounds direct to Wellington (35 minutes).5 Day 100% Pure Indulgence (self drive or small group)

  • Special Interest and Theme ToursKey Attractions Soft AdventureArts and CultureIndulgence/Wine and FoodNature/Eco ToursMaori Heritage

  • www.centrestage.co.nz

    Kia ora and welcome.

    Image: Kayaking, Abel Tasman National Parkwww.purenz.comCentre Stage of New Zealand, made up of four regions, each offering its own unique and diverse visitor experiences.

    Wellington is New Zealands capital city, a centre for the arts and culture and home of nationhood treasures like Te Papa.

    Wairarapa takes Centre Stage when it comes to the perfect rural retreat, with Martinborough wine and Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

    A celebration of food and wine continues in Marlborough, while natures splendour is on show in the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park and Nelsons natural heritage treasure, the famous Abel Tasman National Park. Nelson also has a vibrant arts and crafts community.

    The special brand of visitor experience at Centre Stage warrants its own short break or longer holiday.

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDEWairarapaWhy-rah-rap-ahMarlboroughMarl-bruhwww.purenz.comThe Centre Stage of New Zealand macro region is a collective of Regional Tourism Organisations working together to market four regions - Wairarapa and Wellington at the bottom of New Zealands North Island and Nelson and Marlborough at the top of the South Island.

    www.purenz.comCentre Stages Natural Heritage gets visitors out amongst 100% Pure New Zealand - on a bike or bush track, swimming with dolphins. Or on a boat, in a garden or by the sea.Discover fantastic restaurants and beautiful vineyards with world class wines.To experience New Zealands sense of identity - its nationhood - Te Papa National Museum and Parliament buildings are the places to visit.Slow down the itinerary and experience Kiwi hospitality on a rural retreat. Wellington is set around a beautiful harbour - with lots of city excitement.Or see what happens when creativity has somewhere to thrive - Nelson is home to over 300 artists and the New Zealand Wearable Arts Awards. Wellington is the cultural heart of New Zealand with performing arts, galleries and museums. www.purenz.comThe heart of Centre Stage is the compact, vibrant city of Wellington. It is New Zealands capital city, with a population of almost 400,000.

    Along with museums and galleries, visitors can tour the beautifully restored Parliament Buildings or the circular Beehive - home of New Zealands government.

    A short cable car ride gives city and harbour views from Wellingtons Botanic Gardens.www.purenz.comWellington has more cafes, restaurants and bars per capita than New York!

    The shopping district is thriving and compact.www.purenz.comNew Zealands International Festival of the Arts takes place in Wellington every two years and is the largest cultural event in the country.

    And Wellington is home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and four professional theatre companies.www.purenz.comTe Papa National Museum and Art Gallery celebrates the bi-cultural heritage of New Zealand. Opened in 1998 and covering five levels, visitors experience a ground breaking museum. Te Papa is open every day and general admission is free.

    Using a combination of displays and leading edge technology, Te Papa entertains and informs visitors in a unique way. As well as major exhibitions, Maori art and national treasures, there are virtual reality rides and interactive shows.

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDEMaraeMah-rye (tribal meeting place)MaoriMow-reewww.purenz.comMaori are the indigenous people of New Zealand.

    This group is a regional Maori tourism organisation assisting and promoting Maori tourism products so that visitors can experience Maori culture, history and contemporary life.

    One example is the Kapiti Island Alive eco-tour just north of Wellington - view endangered birds on a conservation island, be guided by local Maori and feel the spirit of Kapiti Island.

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDEKapitiKah-pityPatakaPah-tah-kahPoriruaPo-ree-roo-ahwww.purenz.comOut in the regions, there are a myriad of walkways, mountain bike trails, shopping malls and golf courses.

    www.purenz.comOnly an hours drive from Wellington lies the rural retreat of Wairarapa.

    There are over 300 home and farm stays, bed and breakfasts, self contained cottages, motels and hotels in the area. And for a touch of luxury, three exceptional lodges.

    Visitors will want to stay and sample at the award-winning pinot noir at Martinboroughs boutique wineries.

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDEMartinboroughMartin-burrowwww.purenz.comRecommend Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre for those who want to learn about New Zealands flora and fauna. The Kiwi House has an extensive interpretation of New Zealands national bird.

    Historic Greytown and Carterton are well worth a stop - or head for classic Kiwi adventures like jet boating or hot air ballooning!

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDEKiwiKee-weewww.purenz.comThere are 300 full time working artists in the Nelson region and its not just the fine days and warm sunshine that drew them there.Venture out of town and allow plenty of time for a slow drive! Explore the studios and galleries of potters, glassblowers, weavers, bone carvers and painters. Stop off to sip an award-winning chardonnay or pinot noir at one of Nelsons wineries. Take a four wheel drive safari out to the lighthouse at Farewell Spit - the northernmost tip of the South Island. End the day with fresh seafood at a choice of cafes overlooking Tasman Bay.

    www.purenz.comThree National Parks - Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes - all lie within 90 minutes drive of each other.Popular activities include hiking, sea kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, four wheel drive motorbikes - and then theres those spirited adventures like rock climbing, ski-ing, snowboarding and white water rafting. Pupu Springs are one of the largest freshwater springs in the world. Theyre also famous for the visual clarity of the water - 62 metres/203 feet of visibility - the clearest fresh water in the Southern Hemisphere.

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDEKahurangiKah-who-rang-eewww.purenz.comMarlboroughs fine foods, liquers, wine and beers can be sampled year round. The regions sauvignon blanc have played a key part in putting New Zealand on the world wine map.

    The abundant sunshine, long autumns and crisp winters give Marlborough the reputation of a gourmet province.www.purenz.comThe moderate climate means year-round fun, especially around the Marlborough Sounds - a beautiful and tranquil part of New Zealand. Theres around 1500 kilometres/930 miles of coastline to explore.

    The 4 day, 67 kilometre/41 mile Queen Charlotte Track is a Tourism Award winner offering walkers sheltered shorelines and sub-tropical forests.

    The range of boutique accommodation available is one of the regions strengths - comfy backpackers to cottages set amongst vines and boutique hotels.www.purenz.comThese key annual events are worth planning a Centre Stage visit. Wine Marlborough in February and Toast Martinborough in November are annual festivals devoted to discovering the wine the world raves over.The New Zealand Festival of the Arts takes place every two years and is the largest cultural event in the country.Each September, the Montana Wearable Arts Awards takes art off the wall and onto the catwalk in a fast moving theatrical and cultural performance in Nelson.www.purenz.comMost international flights to New Zealand arrive at Auckland and Christchurch airports, although trans-Tasman flights arrive over 40 times a week from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane into Wellington. Wellington Airport is a hub for New Zealands domestic air network.Train travel is enjoying a revival with comfortable services that offer spectacular scenery. Trains arrive and depart daily from a network of New Zealand destinations.The 85 kilometre/53 mile journey from Wellington to Picton takes 1 hour 40 by fast ferry and three hours by traditional ferry. They operate year round and there are several crossings a day.Travelling overland from the North to South islands, visitors will pass through Centre Stage. The region is ideal for self drive visitors. The main bus companies servicing the Centre Stage region are Intercity, Newmans and Mount Cook. www.purenz.comHere are three suggestions on how to include Centre Stage in a New Zealand itinerary:

    Instead of flying Rotorua to Christchurch, fly or coach to Wellington and spend a day or two sampling some of the highlights of Centre Stage. After one or two days in Wellington, take the early morning ferry service across Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton. The scenery is stunning, particularly the views of Wellington as you head out of the harbour and the spectacular Marlborough Sounds at the other end. From Picton, explore the Marlborough and Nelson area. Renowned for vineyards and 3 stunning national parks, the area is rich in arts, crafts and adventure activities. The Coastal Pacific train heads through Marlborough grape country and then along the narrow coastal strip between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Stop off at Kaikoura for a day and enjoy whale, seal and dolphin watching experiences. Finally the Coastal Pacific crosses the rolling farmland of the north Canterbury Plains before reaching the elegant garden city of Christchurch.

    PRONUNCIATION GUIDERotoruaRoe-toe-roo-ahKaikouraKie-core-ahwww.purenz.comThis is one itinerary thatll take visitors Centre Stage. www.purenz.comwww.purenz.comCentre Stage have themed itineraries suitable for groups or FIT including Arts and Culture, Maori Heritage, honeymoon, garden, fishing, guided trekking and Natural Heritage tours.

    www.centrestage.co.nz has more information.www.purenz.comTo experience 100% Pure New Zealand - take them Centre Stage.www.purenz.com

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