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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
Arts and culture capital of New ZealandMuseums and galleries ParliamentThe Cable Car
Wellington Urban cultureOver 300 cafes, restaurants and downtown bars Boutique fashion houses
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
Rural retreats - over 300 B&Bs, farm stays, luxury lodges and self-contained cottagesAward winning Pinot NoirMartinborough Wine Village
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
February BMW Wine MarlboroughNew Zealand International Festival of the Arts (biennial)September Montana New Zealand Wearable Art AwardsWellington Fashion FestivalNovember Toast Martinborough
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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)
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
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 spri