Wellington

Wellington

Overview

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.

Flights to Wellington

Don't miss

Wellington is a compact and cultured waterfront city, with many of its major attractions conveniently accessible on foot.

  • Visit the highly acclaimed Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) 
  • See the stunning view from the city to the sea at the Mount Victoria Lookout 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 car 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 Reserve, dedicated to the protection of native plants
  • On Sundays take a stroll through Wellington's oldest and most popular waterfront market, the Harbourside Market
  • Take the inter-island ferry through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds and across to Picton in the South Island

Where to go

This interesting capital city is also a gateway to some equally interesting and beautiful areas in the south end of the North Island.

Wellington city

Te Aro

Alongside the famous Te Papa museum, Te Aro is the heart of Wellington’s theatre district and offers numerous bars, theatres and cinemas.

Karori

Just minutes from downtown Wellington, Karori is a pretty suburb surrounded by bush and home to New Zealand’s eco-sanctuary Zoolandia.

Newtown

Visit cosmopolitan Newtown and find Wellington Zoo 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.

Island Bay

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 Centre.

Eastbourne

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.

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Porirua

20 minutes north of Wellington is the peaceful city of Porirura and its native forests surrounds.

Stop into PATAKA Art + Museum, or for some different history try the New Zealand Police Museum. Or, just enjoy the many beautiful walks and cycleways in the area.

Hutt Valley

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.

Kāpiti Coast

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

Wairarapa is at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail which is made up of the five towns of Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.

Quick facts

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Currency

New Zealand dollar (NZ$)

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Electricity

230V / 50Hz

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Population

402,000

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Seasons

New Zealand has a mild and temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 12-16C in the winter to 20-25C in the summer. The general snow season is between June and October, in the South Island. 

Getting around

From the airport

Taxis and Shuttles 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 tours, trains and ferries to get you around too. Don't forget to ride the red cable car, or there's the Interisland ferry 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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