the southern tip of the North Island and within the shelter of a magnificent harbour (Te
A Tara), lies Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Wedged between bush-clad
and the splendid natural harbour, Wellington enjoys an incomparable setting of ever-changing
moods. On a clear day, the harbour sparkles but the arrival of southern storms can
amazingly dramatic seas and the city is proud of its ‘Windy Wellington’
Perched on the hills above the harbour are Victorian wooden houses intermingled with modern
rise buildings reminiscent of San Francisco. Recently named "the coolest little
in the world" by Lonely Planet, Wellington offer something for everyone.
A vibrant city with a buzzing art, music, theatre and restaurant scene, designer and
shopping, Wellington is home to the New Zealand Parliament; Government House; and the
Archives as well as national theatre, dance and performance companies. The city is home
selection of great museums including the Museum of City & Sea for a local insight plus
to be missed Te Papa - New Zealand’s National Museum to learn about the shaping of its
the spirit of its diverse peoples, its unique wildlife, landscapes and its distinctive
culture. Wellington’s compact size means all these places are easy to
For sweeping views of the city, ride the iconic Cable Car from bustling Lambton Quay up to the suburb of Kelburn – either take the return journey by cable car or instead, walk back down into the city through the lovely Botanic Gardens. For the energetic – or those with a car – Mt Victoria also offers wonderful views across the city, harbour and Cook Strait.
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 good stuff – or join a guided culinary walking tour for the opportunity to meet local foodies, taste gourmet products and visit local spots only the locals know.
Want to see a Kiwi in the wild? Visit Zealandia - With over 225 hectares of regenerating native forest and 40 species of birds, Zealandia is a unique, world-first eco-attraction, providing an excellent opportunity to experience New Zealand’s natural environment just minutes from the capital city. Join their night safari where as darkness falls, follow your guide into the Sanctuary Valley to seach for Little Spotted Kiwi. Over 100 Kiwi call the valley home, so there's a really good chance of spotting one.
Wellington is at the heart of New Zealand’s film industry – home to world-class production and special effects facilities, as well as a number of talented filmmakers. Lord of the Rings fans shouldn’t miss joining a tour to filming sites or a visit to the Weta Cave which showcases some of the characters, props and displays from the blockbusters Weta Workshops have worked on.
Seaside villages, rugged ocean beaches, islands, wildlife sanctuaries are all within a few kilometres of downtown Wellington and offer exciting outdoor activities. Wellington is also a great stepping off point for visits to the Wairarapa including Martinborough Wine Country; and the Kapiti Coast, home to the renowned offshore bird sanctuary, Kapiti Island.