Home to New Zealand's capital city, the Wellington and Wairarapa Region is well known for a diverse and appealing mix of culture, mountain bike friendly hills, windswept coastlines and world famous wine.

Like much of New Zealand, this region is a land of brilliant contrasts. Cultural Wellington is known for its cafe culture and is home to art houses, cinemas, live music venues and world-class museums including the Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa.

Drive an hour north from Wellington and you'll arrive at the beautiful Kapiti Coast with its laid back and people-free windswept beaches. This stunning area of New Zealand is Welilington's summer playground. Cross the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges and you'll find the Wairapa Region - an area historically known for both its cute towns and cattle and sheep farms is quickly becoming famous for towns like Martinborough which produce world class Pinot Noirs.

If you're traveling from the North to the South Island, chances are you'll spend some time in this diverse region. Take advantage of the mix of culture, great food, wine and nightlife and excellent mountain biking in the hills surrounding Wellington.