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 : a capital century / McGill, David
“From Victorian teaparties to New Zealand’s Top Town this book is the complete history of Wellington during the 20th Century. War, Depression, Riot, Earthquake, Demolition and Restoration – the story of the harbour city is as vigorous as the winds that swirl through its streets. The capital has always been a magnet for movers and shakers like controversial mayors Michael Fowler and Fran Wilde, national politicians King Dick Seddon and Peter Fraser, visionary exhibition designer Edmund Anscombe, pioneering transsexual Carmen and film director Peter Jackson, personalities at the forefront of the surge from Victorian teaparty town to the country’s most cosmopolitan city.” (Catalogue)

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. It is a fun place to work and relax. Greater Wellington reaches to Upper Hutt and beyond to the Kapiti Coast and many beaches to the north.” (Catalogue)

Art. / Museum of New Zealand
“This little gift book gives readers a taste of some of the most valuable, unique, significant and quirky objects in New Zealand.” (Catalogue)




Raupo to deco : Wellington styles and architects, 1840-1940 / Mew, G
“This book celebrates a century of architectural achievement in Wellington, linking the progression of style characteristics, from raupo thatching to art deco ornament, with the development of the city. It contains biographical information about more than 300 architects associated with Wellington at various times”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)


Of Paekakariki : poetry, prose, pictures
“Poetry, stories and artwork by people with a connection to Paekakariki”–Publisher information.” (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, working on the principle that as much as people might affect to publicly disapprove of negative criticism, in fact they secretly thrive on it, Tart & Bitter is a selection of what he calls his `absolute scorchers’. Anyone interested in New Zealand food will delight in this wicked and compelling book.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Cuba Street project / Brash, Beth
“Cuba Street has many faces. Restaurants, cafés, record shops, fashion outlets — and the bucket fountain. Cuba Street has iconic status in Wellington – its colour and character over the last few decades have made it a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike. From the late lamented Matterhorn and Mighty Mighty, to Midnight Espresso, Logan Brown and Ombra, the street is filled with places and people worth remembering. Beth Brash is a Wellington-based foodie and blogger. She knows the local food scene extremely well, having been the manager of the popular Beervana festival and now programme manager for Visa Wellington On a Plate. ” (Adapted from 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. DAY WALKS OF GREATER WELLINGTON 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. Illustrated with maps and plenty of photographs, this handy guide is the essential companion for anyone venturing into the region’s outdoors.” (Catalogue)

Runner’s guide to Wellington / Shearman, Hayden
“The Runner’s Guide to Wellington is the ultimate handbook for runners of all levels. With over 25 top running routes – including maps, elevation charts, photos and tips – it’s your ticket to the running playground that is Wellington. Also get to know some of the region’s top runners and find out where in the capital they like to run.” (Catalogue)


Wellington’s best bike rides : 60 mountain bike tracks and 10 best road rides / Kennett, Jonathan
“WELLINGTON’S BEST BIKE RIDES guides you to over 60 local mountain bike tracks and 10 popular road rides all within 100 kilometres of the capital. It includes full ride descriptions, maps and elevation charts plus a directory of local bike shops.” (Catalogue)


Coffee u feel / Marsland, Geoff
“Havana Coffee is a New Zealand institution. This book tells the astonishing story of pioneering Wellington Coffee Baron, Geoff Marsland. A café king, roasting entrepreneur, good bloke and caffeine visionary. The Havana Coffee Works Story is Geoff’s biography of a home-grown business success, from its beginnings in Cuba Street, Wellington; importing Cuban coffee; setting up plantations in the Pacific; to its current coffee empire status, bringing Coffee U Feel to the people.” (adapted from 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 the inspired creations of Weta Workshop, there’s a visual and artistic feast in Wellington waiting for you to discover.” (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, or simply a great view”–Back cover.” (Adapted from catalogue)

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