Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington is not only New Zealand's political epicentre, but it is also considered the arts and culture capital of New Zealand. Located on the southern end of the North Island, Wellington is home to the best of city and rural life. In the city there is a thriving art scene, lively nightlife, chic fashion shopping, fine restaurants and trendy cafes. Not far away are Wellington's wineries and vineyards, where well planned walking and biking trails make it a wonderful holiday experience for a family holiday or romantic getaway.
Attractions & Sightseeing
Lord of the Rings Tours
Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings film trilogy has made Wellington a popular tourist attraction for film and fantasy enthusiasts alike. While sets from the actual movies no longer exist, the tours of Middle Earth are still astounding and well informed tour guides can provide you with secrets about the making of the films.
Te Papa Museum
Te Papa is famous for its interactive displays and houses a great collection of New Zealand's geology as well as amazing stories from New Zealand's indigenous Māori people. Entry is free to the permanent exhibition, but for some short term exhibitions and activities, charges do apply. Expect to see great displays of New Zealand's art, culture alongside entertaining events such as performances, talks, lectures and more.
Wellington Zoo is an ideal tourist attraction to see some of New Zealand's native animals up close and personal. You can book a close encounter with a cheetah, big cat, giraffe or red panda, or for something truly special, you can even sleepover at the zoo!
For those travellers who enjoy the outdoors, there are many opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and four wheel driving on Wellington's harbour and hills. Lyall Bay is a popular spot for surfers and Makara Peak is a must-do for any mountain biking enthusiast. For a 4WD adventure, a drive down to Wellington's south coast to see the native fur seals is perfect for families.
Transport in Wellington
Wellington is a city perfect for exploring on foot. It is a compact city and walking tours of Wellington are the best way to discover the city's ins and outs. As a general guide, a two hour walk beginning from Civic Square will give you plenty of time to see Wellington's harbour, Parliament, the Old Government Buildings and the Old Bank Shopping Arcade.
Public transport in the form of trains, buses and ferries are all managed under Metlink in Wellington. There are regular timetables for trains, buses and ferries, making it easy to travel to all areas of greater Wellington at affordable prices.
As Wellington is on the southern tip of the North Island, the temperatures year round are generally temperate to cool. The summer months are from December to February and averages temperature highs of 24°C and rarely exceeds 30°C. However, you can expect some hot days so don't forget to pack a hat and sunscreen.
In the winter, be prepared for cooler conditions as well as frost and winds. Temperatures range from 10°C to 14°C, so it is best to bring a waterproof or windproof jacket to protect yourself from the elements.
There are accommodation options to suit the budget of every traveller to Wellington. For those looking for a cheap deal there are backpacker hostels right in the heart of Wellington, and at the other end of the spectrum, there are five star hotels that will ensure you have the most luxurious and comfortable holiday.
For families there are also many accommodation options that range from affordable hotels and even self contained apartments which are perfect for longer stays in Wellington.
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