A small city with a big reputation, Wellington is most famous for being NZ’s capital. It is infamous for its weather, particularly the gale-force winds wont to barrel through, wrecking umbrellas and obliterating hairdos. It also lies on a major fault line. And negotiating the inner-city one-way system is like the Krypton Factor on acid.
But don’t be deterred. ‘Welly’ is a wonderful city, voted 'the coolest little capital in the world' in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel (2011). For a starter it’s lovely to look at, draped around bushy hillsides encircling a magnificent harbour. There are super lookouts on hilltops, golden sand on the prom, and spectacular craggy shores along the south coast. Downtown, the city is compact and vibrant, buoyed by a surprising number of museums, theatres, galleries and boutiques. A cocktail- and caffeine-fuelled hospitality scene fizzes and pops among the throng.
Best places to stay in Wellington
New Zealand's North Island - Wellington Region (Chapter)
Wellington's beautiful harbour, walkable waterfront and some of the freshest city air on the planet will blow away the cobwebs with its 'cultural capital' tag of art-house cinemas, funky boutiques, hip bars and live-music venues.
On the craft beer trail in Wellington
It’s one of the coldest days of the year in the New Zealand capital, but I’m in a Wellington brew pub busily zesting a summery selection of plump oranges, knobbly limes and stout grapefruit...
New Zealand - Wellington Region (Chapter)
Wellington's beautiful harbour, walkable waterfront and some of the freshest city air on the planet will blow away the cobwebs with its 'cultural capital' tag, including art-house cinemas, funky boutiques, hip bars, theatres and lashings of...
Wellington destination guides
Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour
Follow in the footsteps of Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf on a half-day 'Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. See where Middle-earth was created in New Zealand’s beautiful countryside on this Wellington 'Lord of the Rings' tour, and discover why the scenic region was chosen to film the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies.
Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour
Journey into the heart of Wellington on this city sightseeing small-group tour. From its unearthly south coast to its bizarre central Beehive, the contrasts and quirkiness of Wellington's wonders are unequaled anywhere on earth. Travel by cable car to the top of Mt Victoria, visit the Parliament buildings and Te Papa - the national museum.