Links & Tips

Churton Park


New Zealand

Churton Park

At Churton Park Village, just around the corner from 2 Derry Hill, you will find:

Simmer Cafe
Spices Indian Takeaway
New World Supermarket
Churton Park Pharmacy

Eating options near to Churton Park (a five minute drive or less):

Cafe Thyme
El Porteño Cafe
Papa Satay House
The Borough
Hell Pizza
Burger Fuel
Domino’s Pizza
Burger King
Shan Lee Takeaways (Chinese)
Daawat Indian Restaurant
Tulsi Contemporary Indian Cuisine
Johnsonville Shopping Centre

Metered parking in Wellington city costs $4.50 an hour with a maximum of 1 or 2 hours depending on where you are parked. If you want to spend all day in the city, it may be easier and cheaper to catch the Churton Park bus at the bus stop around the corner from 2 Derry Hill.

Metlink Churton Park Bus Current Timetable

The Tawa or Johnsonville train stations are 7 minutes drive away.

Kiwi Rail Links


Around Wellington

Wellington is a compact city and easy to walk around and navigate. We recommend that you always take a jacket or something warm with you when you go out in Wellington though, even in summer! Although the temperature may be pleasant, you have to account for the wind that can spring up quickly and be quite cool – often straight off Antarctica. The weather forecasts can be quite unreliable too!

MetService Weather

Events in Wellington Today
Event Finder

About Wellington

Coolest Little Capital in the World
Discover Wellington: Wellington Information Centre
Events in Wellington

Wellington Live Traffic flows
Interislander Ferry
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry
East by West Ferry (to Somes Island & the other side of Wellington Harbour)
Private Wellington Transport/Shuttle
Wellington Taxis
Airport Shuttle
Hop on Hop off Wellington tour bus

Lord of the Rings Tours

There and Back Again – Weta Studios & Workshop
Lord of the Rings Locations Tours
Wellington Movie Tours
Adventure Safari Movie Tours
Lord of the Rings Filming Locations in NZ

Government Tours

NZ Parliament Tours
Government House Tours

Museums & Galleries

Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa
Museums Wellington (includes Cable Car Museum)
He Tohu – Treaty of Waitangi
Museum of Wellington
Nairn Street Cottage
City Gallery
Southward Car Museum (Paraparaumu)
Pataka Art & Museum (Porirua)
Dowse Art Museum (Lower Hutt)
Whirinaki Expressions (Upper Hutt)

Bush Walks & Parks
Walks & Walkways
Wellington Wanders (Walks)
Wellington Botanic Garden
Percy Scenic Reserve (Lower Hutt)
Otari Native Botanic Garden & Wilton’s Bush Reserve (Wilton)
Makara Wind Farm (Makara)
Brooklyn Wind Turbine (Brooklyn)
Kaitoke Regional Park (LOTR Rivendell filming site)


Matiu Somes Island (Wellington Harbour)
Zealandia Bird Sanctuary (Karori)
Nga Manu Nature Reserve (Waikanae)
Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe (Akatarawa)
Wellington Zoo

Recommended Cafes & Restaurants

In central Wellington:
Thistle Inn – NZ’s oldest surviving tavern & restaurant
Fidel’s Cafe Cuba Street
Gipsy Kitchen
La Cloche Cafe
The Backbencher Gastropub
The Flight Coffee Hangar
The Library Bar
Sweet Mother’s Kitchen
Monsoon Poon
Burger Liquor

In the Suburbs:

The Borough (Tawa)
Cafe Thyme (Churton Park)
Simmer Cafe (Churton Park)
Seashore Cabaret Cafe (Petone)
La Bella Italia Restaurant (Petone)
Chocolate Dayz Cafe (Days Bay)
Maranui Cafe (Lyall Bay)
Chocolate Fish Cafe (Shelly Bay, Miramar)
Scorch-O-Rama Cafe (Scorching Bay, Miramar)
Park Kitchen (Miramar)


Tea Pea Home (Khandallah & CBD)
Miramar Souvenir Factory Shop (Miramar)
WETA Workshop Cave (Miramar)

Golf and Mini Golf

Carlucci Land Mini Golf and Paintball Course (Happy Valley)
Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf (Porirua)
Ohariu Valley Golf Course


Lighthouse Cinema & Cafes (Petone & Pauatahanui)
Penthouse Cinema & Cafe (Brooklyn)
The Roxy Cinema & Cafe (Miramar)
The Embassy Theatre


New Zealand

NZ Official Travel Website
NZ Travel Tips

Up to date road, traffic, and journey information:

NZ Transport Agency
Drive Live NZ

Many visitors to NZ under-estimate the time it takes to drive on our roads, and how tiring the driving can be due to needing extra concentration. New Zealand’s terrain means our roads are often narrow, hilly and windy, with sharp corners – fun to drive on! This means you need to know how long it takes to drive to a destination, rather than how many miles/kms away it is. This website is useful for working out driving times:

Distance calculator

If you don’t want to drive on the left hand side of the road, you can book a NZ driver at this site:

Road Guru

If you are visiting New Zealand and plan to drive, we recommend that instead of driving from the north to the south, that you consider doing the reverse. The reason for this is that most tourists pick up a rental car in Auckland and drive south, leaving a whole lot of vehicles in the South Island. This means that at certain intervals throughout the year there are very good rates for driving north as opposed to driving south as operators want to get their cars back to Auckland. It is worth asking about this before you book a car.

This website advertises car relocations, many of them are free:

Please bear in mind as you travel through NZ that we have excellent drinking water; buying water in plastic bottles is not only unnecessary, but also detrimental to the environment. This site offers water refilling sites throughout the country where you can refill your water bottle for free:

Refill NZ