Wellington has pioneered museums, public galleries and civic space to give the city an easy-living style. Boutique shops, chic cafés and restaurants are always busy. The compact city is a pleasure to walk around with a lively waterfront and bays all around the harbour to enjoy.
Explore the city of Wellington
Visit the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Interactive exhibits and technology tell New Zealand’s stories in history in captivating ways.
Stop for a coffee, a cocktail or a bite to eat. With over 300 cafes, bars and restaurants in Wellington, it is known as the culinary capital of New Zealand.
Take a short drive to the top of Mount Victoria for a panoramic view of this gorgeous city.
Ride the iconic Wellington Cable Car to the top for stunning views over the city before discovering New Zealand's stories of the stars at Carter Observatory. Wander back to the city through the Botanic Gardens.
Wellington offers great shopping, from famous New Zealand designers like Karen Walker and Zambesi, to successful local designers like Mandatory, Starfish and Andrea Moore.
Start the day by exploring Middle Earth with a tour around the Wellington sites used during filming the Lord of the Rings movies. Follow up with a visit to Weta Cave - a mini museum that houses memorabilia and props from movies such as King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Avatar and Tintin.
For wildlife enthusiasts, visit ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience, home to the iconic kiwi and other endangered NZ wildlife, only ten minutes from downtown. Or explore the rugged south coast by safari and see New Zealand fur seals.
Journey an hour and a half over the hills to the wine village of Martinborough. Explore over 30 boutique wineries in the region by bicycle or join an organised wine tour. For a shopping fix, head down the road to Greytown, a town planned in the Victorian era. Allow time to wander, browse the antique stores, take in the atmosphere and chic shopping.