3 of the Best Activities to Do Around Wellington In Your Motorhome

Visiting Wellington, New Zealand in a rented campervan or motorhome? Wellington is a lovely coastal city, and serves as the capital of New Zealand. It is also the second most populous urban area, with some 405,000 people calling it home. In Wellington itself, you will find much to do. You can visit the National Library, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and the iconic Government Building.

But if you decide you want to escape from the crowds and congestion, you will also discover there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Here are some ideas for activities in the Wellington region to add to your travel itinerary!

 

1. Visit the Percy Scenic Reserve

At the northernmost point of the Wellington Harbour, you can stop at the Percy Scenic Reserve. Here you can go on a walk to a waterfall, watch the ducks in the pond, or eat a picnic (be sure to bring some extra bread crumbs to feed the ducks). Because the waterfall hike is a short one, this is a popular destination for families with younger children who may not be up for something more demanding.

 

Percy Scenic Reserve

 

2. Check out The Lord of the Rings filming locations.

Like many other parts of New Zealand, areas around Wellington were used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Some of the scenes in the Outer Shire were filmed in this area as the hobbits were fleeing from the Ringwraiths. Rivendell is also in this region. Indeed, you can tour these sites yourself, or you can take a Lord of the Rings-themed tour offered by a local agency to learn even more about the filming at these locations.

Make sure that you also visit the Weta workshop. This is the studio which was responsible for the digital effects in the series. Through Weta Studio Tours, you can take “There and Back Again: The Full Experience” to learn all about the studio’s work on The Lord of the Rings. The Weta Workshop offers quite a few other tours as well, so be sure to check their full schedule before you book. And don’t miss the Weta Cave, which is free to all visitors!

 

Lord of the Rings filming locations

 

3. Go on a horseback ride at Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre.

Another great way to see the area around Wellington is on horseback. You will find the Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre north of Wellington. The centre offers horse treks through pine forests, over tranquil streams, and through steep country. Enjoy awe-inspiring views from summit ridges and learn more about horses and equestrianism. These rides are ideal even for beginners and children. Once you have beheld the spectacular local scenery on horseback, you will be ready to go again!

 

Ohariu Valley Equestrian Centre

 

Conclusion: Wellington Offers Endless Diversions

Now you know some of the most exciting activities waiting for you in the Wellington area. In your motorhome or campervan, you can explore the entire region and partake of all it has to offer. Enjoy!