Welcome to New Zealand's compact and picturesque waterfront capital city.
Primarily surrounded by water, New Zealand's capital city sits on the south western tip of the north island. Wellington's scenic natural harbour and steep green hillsides which are adorned with tiered suburbs of colonial villas are an attractive vista for residents and visitors alike.
Wellington is a compact and cultured waterfront city, with many of its major attractions conveniently accessible on foot.
- Visit the highly acclaimed Te PapaOpens external site in a new window (Museum of New Zealand)
- See the stunning view from the city to the sea at the Mount Victoria LookoutOpens external site and then wander through the nearby nature trails
- Wander down the inner city bohemian 'Cuba Street', for a medley of buskers, art galleries, vintage fashion, graffiti-filled alleyways, cafes, restaurants and community exhibition spaces.
- Ride Wellington's famous red cable carOpens external site in a new window from the central business district up through the terraced houses of Kelburn and the Botanic Garden
- See the Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush ReserveOpens external site in a new window, dedicated to the protection of native plants
- On Sundays the undercover City MarketOpens external site in a new window at the Chaffers Dock Building on the waterfront is home to Wellington's best providores
- Take the inter-island ferryOpens external site through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds and across to Picton in the South Island
This interesting capital city is also a gateway to some equally interesting and beautiful areas in the south end of the North Island.
Alongside the famous Te PapaOpens external site in a new window museum, Te Aro is the heart of Wellington’s theatre district and offers numerous bars, theatres and cinemas.
Just minutes from downtown Wellington, Karori is a pretty suburb surrounded by bush and home to New Zealand’s eco-sanctuary ZoolandiaOpens external site in a new window.
Visit cosmopolitan Newtown and find Wellington ZooOpens external site in a new window and Government House. If you're there in March, the annual street fair offers a festival of diverse stalls and ethnic food in the suburb’s main street.
For a taste of the coast for a day, make your way to Island Bay and walk the City to Sea Walkway or visit the Island Bay Marine Education CentreOpens external site in a new window.
Catch a ferry to Eastbourne on the eastern shore of Wellington Harbour. Have a swim, grab an ice cream, or just get comfortable on the beach at Days Bay.
20 minutes north of Wellington is the peaceful city of Porirura and its native forests surrounds.
Stop into PATAKA Art + MuseumOpens external site in a new window, or for some different history try the New Zealand Police MuseumOpens external site in a new window. Or, just enjoy the many beautiful walks and cycleways in the area.
A short drive from Wellington to the northern side of Wellington Harbour, you'll find the Hutt Valley and its walking and mountain biking trails.
As well as the 22,000ha Rimutaka Forest Park, Lower Hutt has a collection of art galleries, cafes and restaurants and an ancient history that includes New Zealand's first organised settlement and Maori mythology of taniwha (sea monsters).
Upper Hutt attractions include bush and coastal walks, 4WD tours, golf, mountain biking and fishing.
One hour north of Wellington, the Kāpiti Coast stretches for 40 kilometres along the south-west coast of the North Island, opposite Kāpiti Island. Kāpiti Island is 5 kilometres from the mainland and is famous for its world-renowned bird sanctuary.
The Kāpiti Coast is also well-known for its finely-crafted gourmet cheeses. It has a quaint village atmosphere and rolling coastal landscape, and regardless of the season it offers visitors a place to escape.
Wairarapa is at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine TrailOpens external site in a new window which is made up of the five towns of Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
From the airport
Taxis and ShuttlesOpens external site operate the 8 kilometre trip into Wellington city and beyond. The Airport Flyer express bus service operates daily from Wellington Airport to the Hutt Valley, the centre of Wellington and on to Queensgate in Lower Hutt. Car hire is also available.
In and around the city
It's easy to discover Wellington on foot, but there are plenty of taxis, buses, day toursOpens external site, trains and ferries to get you around too. Don't forget to ride the red cable carOpens external site in a new window, or there's the Interisland ferryOpens external site that will take you across to Picton in the South Island.
Wellington car hire
Drive along the scenic Kāpiti coast in your own time with a car from Avis, Budget, Hertz or Thrifty, with no booking fees.
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