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New Zealand's capital city of Wellington is a bustling harbour city of tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Surrounded by a rolling hillside of houses, it's home to Parliament, a historic cable car ride, botanical gardens and glorious panoramic views.
The city's past is on display everywhere you walk, from the imposing buildings of the Parliament District to Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand and prominent feature of the waterfront. You can walk to most places, and most tourist attractions are situated around a small area.
Courtenay Place and Cuba Street are the places to go if you want a lively night out, while the Golden Mile is Wellington's premier shopping district, stretching the lengths of Willis Street and Lambton Quay. Add to that numerous expanses of greenery (Botanical Gardens, several parks and scenic reserves), and you have all the ingredients that make this one of the world’s most desirable places to live
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The Hutt Valley is like a microcosm of all the world’s terrains in one place. You’ll find beautiful seaside towns, like Petone, just a few miles from rolling countryside, flat flood plains, and even cinematic mountain ranges. Dotted along the valley, are the residential suburbs around Lower and Upper Hutt, plus the pretty coastal communities around Eastbourne, with its boutique, artisan shops and picturesque coastline. Catch a ferry from Queen’s Wharf in the CBD, and in less than half an hour, you’ll find yourself in another world, as far removed from the city as you can get.
Famous for the amount of unique wildlife who call this place home, the Kapiti Coast is a short journey west of the CBD and is a popular day trip destination. Many Wellingtonians like to retire here and enjoy the tranquillity. Artists and writers make their homes here, inspired by the natural beauty of the cliffs, dunes, inlets and islands that define this stretch of the west coast. If you want to slow the pace a little after some time in the city, this is the place to head for.
Known for its wine, Wairarapa is famous for being in the middle of the New Zealand Classic Wine Trail. The name comes from the Maori term for ‘glistening waters’, and it’s these very waters from which the region’s famed vintages are fermented. Take time to visit the wine towns of Martinborough and Masterton, and catch up on some history in Greytown and Carterton. Palliser Bay, in the south, has some excellent clifftop walks, plus the lighthouse, which is also a bird haven.
Check our 'Things To Do' section to see details of the activites on offer in Wellington.
MyDestination Wellington is focused on offering unrivalled levels of local information. This is what we pride ourselves on, and it's our promise to our users.
Wellington is run by a team on the ground who have their fingers on the pulse and write from a first-hand experience, whether they are trying out places to eat, visiting sites of interest, undertaking activities, exploring hidden 'secrets', and speaking to the locals who are 'in-the-know'.