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Welcome to My Destination: Wellington

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.

Wellington City

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.

Hutt Valley

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.

Kapiti Coast

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. 

Wairarapa

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. 

Activities

Check our 'Things To Do' section to see details of the activites on offer in Wellington.

Wellington Travel Guide

Free WiFi In Wellington

Free WiFi In Wellington

Artistic Wonders of Wellington

Artistic Wonders of Wellington

Campervan Living In New Zealand

Campervan Living In New Zealand

Wellington's Cafe Culture

Wellington's Cafe Culture

Wellington's Cuba Street

Wellington's Cuba Street

Exploring Wellington Zoo

Exploring Wellington Zoo

Scenic Drives Around Wellington

Scenic Drives Around Wellington

Best Museums in Wellington

Best Museums in Wellington

Top 10 Free Things To Do In Wellington

Top 10 Free Things To Do In Wellington

Matiu Somes Island

Matiu Somes Island

Family Fun in Wellington

Family Fun in Wellington

Wellington`s Fashion Hot Spots

Wellington`s Fashion Hot Spots

Call Of The Wild

Call Of The Wild

Boutique Wellington

Boutique Wellington

Kick Back and Relax on the Kapiti Coast

Kick Back and Relax on the Kapiti Coast

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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...


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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 ...

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Scott Bradlee and his team bring a special twist to modern songs...


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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...

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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...


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