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Known for its vibrant city life, pretty waterside location, and blockbuster backdrop, New Zealand’s cosmopolitan capital really has it all. Enjoy highbrow arts in a top gallery or theater, see the country’s heritage and culture through the Te Papa Museum, or boutique shop and fine dine in fashionable style – the draws are endless. Whilst Wellington forms the country’s commercial and cultural epicenter, recreation abounds too. Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Middle Earth, or enjoy picturesque trails right on the city’s doorstep.

Things to see

Set beside the waterfront within a bold modern shell, Te Papa is New Zealand’s extensive and eclectic national museum. A comprehensive collection of artefact rich exhibits detail the country’s past, with a focus on art, the natural environment, and the Pacific and Maori cultures. Lined with trendy boutiques, quirky cafés, chic galleries, and creative culinary haunts, Cuba Street Mall is where it’s all happening. The red-paved pedestrian thoroughfare brims with interest, from street performers and buskers, to the whimsical Bucket Fountain. A vast and vibrant oasis of floral finery, trees, native and non-native plants, a turn around the Wellington Botanic Garden is a must-do. Along with a kid’s play area and pond, the 25 hectare horticultural haven features sculptures and carvings. A small golden stretch graced with teal water, Scorching Bay Beach is a favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike. A grassy parcel sits back from the sand, where you can enjoy a picnic and catch the rays.

Hotels in Wellington

Whether you want to live it up in a ritzy 5-star high rise, experience city life in a rental apartment, or save money in a cheap and cheery hostel, there’s lots of hotels in Wellington to choose from. If only the best will do however, then expect spa pampering, indulgent dining, and sleek suites boasting sensational views. The larger mid-range hotels in Wellington often come with plenty of amenities too. Among them you can expect swimming pools, spa tubs, and fitness centers, whilst standard in-room features include satellite televisions, WiFi, DVD players, and refrigerators. The city offers lots of budget options, from cheap chain name hotels to simple but lively backpacker hostels.

Where to stay

You don’t need transport in Wellington to enjoy the best it has to offer. Compact, buzzing, and packed with attractions, Downtown Wellington can be explored entirely by foot. Whether you want to shop, dine, drink, or people watch, the pretty district offers an almost overwhelming variety of options. From funky little cafés and award-winning restaurants, to glossy designer boutiques and treasure laden vintage shops – every taste and whim is catered for. For entertainment, take in a concert in the Michael Fowler Centre, a drama at the rococo-styled St. James Theatre, or top notch cricket at the Basin Reserve. For nightlife, artsy and bohemian Courtenay Place is Wellington’s party paradise.

How to get to Wellington

Situated 5 kilometers from the city’s core, Wellington International Airport is the gateway of choice for those flying in. The airport is well linked to other New Zealand destinations, including Auckland, Christchurch, Blenheim, and Queenstown, as well as Australian hubs Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. The city is also reachable from Auckland and other cities dotting the North Island by bus and by rail. InterCity Coachlines provides excellent bus links, and make stops alongside train services at Wellington Railway Station. If you’re driving in, the city is accessible via State Highways 1 and 2.

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