Telephones: To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 64 (the country code for New Zealand), 4 (the city code for Wellington) and the local number.
Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, 25 Tinakori Road; 473-7268. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Admission $2.40; international secondary school students, $1.70. From central city, take the No. 14 bus to Park Street.
Where to stay: In the heart of Mansfield's Thorndon, there's Eight Parliament St., 8 Parliament St.; 499-0808, fax 479-6705,
For a touch of luxury, try the Wellesley, 2-8 Maginnity St.; 474-1308, fax 473-1913,
For a more personal experience, try the Booklovers B&B, 123 Pirie St., Mount Victoria; telephone/fax 384-2714,
Where to eat: At Days Bay, try the funky new Chocolate Dayz Cafe, 14 Marine Parade; telephone/fax 562-6132. Breakfasts and sandwiches $1.50-$5.50.
For a more elaborate meal, try Nova Bistro in Eastbourne Village, 150 Muritai Road; 562-7297. You can feast on pan-seared scallops served with a lime mayonnaise-laced orange kumara (sweet potato) salad and a puff pastry shell, drizzled with a lemon, lime and cilantro beurre blanc, all for about $13.50.
For a truly memorable night out, go to Icon, at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, Cable Street; 801-5300, fax 381-7192,
A favorite is Logan Brown, 192 Cuba St.; 801-5114, fax 801-9776,
For more information: The Wellington Visitor Information Centre, corner of Wakefield and Victoria streets; 802-4860, fax 802-4863,