Wellington Regional Info (App Version)
New Zealand's capital city of Wellington is a bustling harbour city of tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Surrounded by a rolling hillside of houses, it's home to Parliament, a historic cable car ride, botanical gardens and glorious panoramic views.
The city's past is on display everywhere you walk, from the imposing buildings of the Parliament District to Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand and prominent feature of the waterfront. Add to that numerous expanses of greenery along with some delightful colonial architecture, and you have one of the world’s most desirable places to live.
Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world.
Wellington has 50,000 hectares of forests and regional parks
Wellington replaced Auckland as the capital city of New Zealand in 1865
Wellington is home to the Weta Workshop, Weta Digital and the Miramar film empire where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films were produced.
Wellington's Zealandia attraction is the first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary in the world.
Wellington is surprisingly compact with many of the attractions within walking distance of each other. Thorndon, to the northeast of the city, is home to the country’s impressive Parliament Buildings.
As the self-proclaimed culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is packed full of hip cafes and upmarket, chic restaurants. Head to Courtenay Place and Cuba Street for a lively night with many venues showcasing live music. The waterfront includes some great restaurants and cafes and is a popular spot with locals on those sunny days
From the best views of the city head up Mount Victoria or, catch the famous Wellington Cable Car up to Kelburn and enjoy the panoramic views of the harbour.
Shoppers tend to head to the 'Golden Mile', the city’s main shopping district, which covers Willis Street and Lambton Quay.
Oriental Bay is one of the city's most upmarket locations with a sandy beach and home to many of Wellington's most luxurious properties.
Also called the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa ('Our Place'), is Wellington's leading tourist attraction. Innovative and interactive, the museum is dedicated to educating and entertaining – visitors about five core areas: Pacific, Maori, Art, History and Natural Environment. It's free to enter.
Running from Lambton Quay, the Wellington Cable Car takes just five minutes to whisk you up to one of the most fabulous views of the city. At the top visitors can also catch a shuttle to the 225-hectare sanctuary Zealandia Eco Sanctuary, visit the Carter Observatory or stroll back down to the city through 25 hectares of Botanic Gardens.
Architecture-lovers will want to take time to explore the eye-catching Parliament Buildings found in the suburb of Thorndon at Lambton Quay and Molesworth Street.There are three, distinct structures: the Edwardian Parliament House; the Victorian Parliamentary Library; and the 1970s-style Beehive building. Free, guided tours of the latter are available, which last around one hour.
A short trip out of the city and good way to appreciate the harbour setting is to hop on the ferry, to Petone, or Eastbourne. Fans of Lord of the Rings movies will want to head over to the ‘Weta Workshop’ in Miramar for a tour of how the films were created.
The Kapiti Coast is a short journey west of downtown Wellington and a popular day trip destination. Many Wellingtonians like to retire here and enjoy the tranquillity and the natural beauty of the cliffs, dunes, inlets and islands that define this stretch of the west coast.
Known for its wine, Wairarapa is famous for being in the middle of the New Zealand Classic Wine Trail. Take time to visit the wine towns of Martinborough and Masterton, and catch up on some history in Greytown and Carterton. Palliser Bay, in the south, has some excellent clifftop walks, plus the lighthouse, which is also a bird haven.