New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington is the political, cultural and geographic centre of the country. In recent years Wellington has adopted a distinct ‘cafe society’ boasting many funky cafes and restaurants. Wellington is home to one of New Zealand’s most innovative museums, Te Papa where visitors can not only see priceless artefacts and treasures, but also participate in a huge range of interactive activities. The city is also the departure point for those wanting to cross the Cook Strait into the Marlborough Sounds and the South Island. Just 40 minutes away, lies the Kapiti Coast, home to the Kapiti Island nature and marine reserves and a host of activities ranging from exhilarating outdoor adventures to a superb variety of shopping.