Local Travel and Staycations

Explore the gems of Wellington and forget about the rest of the planet for a while. Have a browse at these books that help you explore the best of Wellington, since the summer is approaching… or almost.

Wellington from above / Stewart, Graham
“Wellington is hailed as the best little capital city in the world – it is the southernmost capital and is known for its friendly atmosphere. The heart of the city is compact, walkable and alive with restaurants and cafes that give a welcome with stylish a la carte dining and pavement outdoor casual fare. It boasts more bars, cafes and restaurants per capita than New York. Greater Wellington reaches to Upper Hutt and beyond to the Kapiti Coast.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Day walks of Greater Wellington / Gavalas, Marios
“Wellingtonians and visitors alike have difficulty choosing a walking area to explore because they are so spoilt for choice. This book lists over 70 walks divided into 5 regional sections – the western coast north to Otaki, Wellington city, the eastern bays, Wainuiomata Valley and the Hutt Valley. With overviews of popular walking areas, each walk is given a track grade, approximate travel time, easy access details, notes on the track itself and points of interest to highlight the most memorable features. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Art & about : a pocket guide to Wellington’s public art / Sutton, Frances
“Wellingtonians and visitors love the city’s profusion of public art. Complete with maps and photos to help you uncover even the most hidden treasures, this book tells you about each work and the artist who made it. From classical statuary and Maori symbolism to wind sculptures and the inspired creations of Weta Workshop, there’s a visual and artistic feast in Wellington waiting for you to discover. Also discover the forgotten underground streams now have an above-ground presence.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

A walk a day : 365 short walks in New Zealand / Janssen, Peter
“Walking is one of the best ways to see a country and in this book there’s a short walk to suit everyone. All 365 walks are three hours or less and will suit those who enjoy walking but do not fancy a long tramp with heavy boots and a pack, or visitors pressed for time, and families with young children. Every walk includes a highlight, whether it’s an historic landmark such as Kerikeri’s Stone Store; a dramatic natural feature, like the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, on the South Island’s West Coast.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Tart & bitter : four decades of dining nightmares : the best of David Burton in the Dominion Post / Burton, David
“Over his long career as a restaurant critic, David Burton has written approximately 2000 restaurant reviews for The Dominion Post and its predecessor The Evening Post, as well as Cuisine magazine. Of these, the vast majority have been either positive or at least mixed. However, Tart & Bitter is a selection of `absolute scorchers’. These reviews build a highly entertaining picture of the most ground-breaking era of New Zealand’s restaurant history.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Raupo to deco : Wellington styles and architects, 1840-1940 / Mew, G
“This book celebrates a century of architectural achievement in Wellington, linking the style characteristics, from raupo thatching to art deco ornament. It contains biographies of more than 300 architects associated with Wellington plus photos, elevations and rare plans. The authors last collaboration was the prize-winning Ring Around the City, documenting the development of Wellingtons suburbs.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)