Situated at the southern end of the
North Island, Wellington was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by
Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, New
Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty.
Things to doRelax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach
and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s
pulsing cultural scene. If you’re into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed
adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful
walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Try the visually stunning Makara Peak
track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington's
waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city
and enjoy an ice cream at the top.
On the waterfront itself you’ll find Te Papa
Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known,
means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.
food experienceWellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants –
it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New
Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning
restaurants and great coffee. Head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to get amongst the
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit TrilogyA must for any Lord of
The Rings fan, Wellington is home to Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop and the Weta Cave,
where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at movie making magic. It’s also a great base
for day tours to experience “Middle-earth” scenery.
Close to WellingtonIf you
want to visit the South Island, Wellington is the city where you can board the
inter-island ferry with or without a car. This 3 hour ferry ride offers daily services
and is one of the most spectacular in the world. Leaving regularly from Wellington, the
ferry takes passengers past the magnificent scenery of the Marlborough Sounds, before
berthing in the picturesque town of Picton at the top of the South Island.
New Zealand Wine TrailA must-stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail - an
adventure that takes you through some of New Zealand's top wine-producing regions -
Wellington is a great place to start your wine-tasting journey. Marlborough, Wairarapa
and Hawke's Bay are all a few hours' drive or ferry-ride away from Wellington and offer
unforgettable winery experiences.