Wellington Culture and Heritage

As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington has a rich political history with some stunning architecture on display, best seen with the Parliament Buildings located in the suburn of Thorndon.  

You can't come to Wellington without checking out the many Wellington Museums. Culture, history, art, the film industry, it's all here in spades. Most museums have great coffee shops and gift stores, too.  Visitors can learn about the economic history of New Zealand in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, or enjoy visiting 19th century gothic churches.  Culture and heritage attractions in Wellington offer treats for everyone from history buffs and art lovers, to music fans and movie addicts. Te Papa is the major museum here, containing everything you ever needed to know about New Zealand, young and old. Museums Aotearoa on The Terrace has information on all Wellington museums, so is worth a trip before deciding what to do. Lower Hutt has a great art museum, and you can find a great, preserved colonial house in Mount Cook. If you're short on time, Jervois Quay near Queens Wharf has around half a dozen museums, dedicated to things like the sea, history of Wellington, even the Olympics. Many museums are free, or have a nominal entrance fee.