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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
Read more in our Wellington Guide.
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.
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Events in August 2016
All Blacks v Australia Wellington
The All Blacks and the Wallabies restart their rivalry on New Zealand soil in this game which will be the second time they meet in the 2016 Rugby Championship f...The All Blacks and the Wallabies restart their rivalry on New Zealand soil in this game which will be the second time they meet in the 2016 Rugby Championship following the first game in Sydney. The match could be crucial not only in deciding the Rugby Championship as well as the Trans-Tasman Bledisloe Cup.
Shaolin Warriors Wellington
Over the past 16 years, the Chinese Shaolin Warriors have become a worldwide sensation performing to sell-out audiences across the globe. This show includes ...Over the past 16 years, the Chinese Shaolin Warriors have become a worldwide sensation performing to sell-out audiences across the globe. This show includes 22 Kung Fu Masters showcasing great agility and acrobatic skill. Set to stunning choreography the show also includes demonstrations of 18 traditional weapons. Tickets start at $71.40 for adults.
Events in September 2016
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox Wellington
Scott Bradlee and his team bring a special twist to modern songs...Scott Bradlee and his team bring a special twist to modern songs.
Having amassed millions of You Tube views and undertaken a sell-out international tour, Scott Bradlee and his support crew in the Postmodern Jukebox give modern songs an old fashioned twist from rock favourites to modern dance numbers.
Tickets start at $64.60.
The Merry Widow Wellington
One of the most popular comic operas, The Merry Widow tells the tale of would-be lovers and political intrigue in Paris. Presented by the Wellington G&S Ligh...One of the most popular comic operas, The Merry Widow tells the tale of would-be lovers and political intrigue in Paris. Presented by the Wellington G&S Light Opera, this performance includes a cast of 35 and a 27 piece orchestra from Orchestra Wellington. The performance will be in English and is suitable for all ages. Tickets start at $36.50 for adults and $14.50 for children.
Events in October 2016
Beyond the Barricade Wellington
Featuring previous cast members from Les Miserables in the West End, Beyond the Barricade takes the audience on a trip through musical theatre. With songs fr...Featuring previous cast members from Les Miserables in the West End, Beyond the Barricade takes the audience on a trip through musical theatre. With songs from West Side Story, Evita, Wicked and Miss Saigon to name a few the concert is laden with famous songs and finishes with a finale from Les Miserables. Tickets start at $74.90.
The Gruffalo Wellington
Brought to life by three talented actors, children's favourite The Gruffalo returns to the New Zealand stage after a successful tour around the world. Tellin...Brought to life by three talented actors, children's favourite The Gruffalo returns to the New Zealand stage after a successful tour around the world. Telling Julia Donaldson's delightful tale of a mouse who meets a scary Gruffalo, children will love the songs and entertainment in this live action version. The show is suitable for children aged 3 and over. Tickets are $29.50.
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