Surrounded by hillsides around a glistening working harbour, Wellington, New Zealand, prides itself on its artistic and cultural wealth. ‘Welly’ as the locals call it, is quickly earning its place as one of the most naturally beautiful regions on earth. And thanks to its great position on the south side of the north island, everything a traveller could want is within reach.
Take in great hikes, walks and views above the city. Or if you prefer, try your hand at kayaking through the harbour. Visitors can explore the hidden alleyways tucked away in the city too, with timber Victorian houses terraced up the hillside. There are museums, theatres and cafés waiting to be explored. And if you stay in the city long enough, you may even catch a glimpse of the original hobbit, Peter Jackson, the director who calls Welly his home.
Wellington, New Zealand, is described as the coolest little capital in the world. And it is easy to see why. The picturesque city is surrounded by dramatic hillsides, golden beaches and trendy shops. From music to movie-making, theatres to trendy fashion, cocktails to coffee bars, every square inch of Wellington is filled with a new adventure waiting to be discovered.
Cultural buffs can enjoy exploring Wellington, New Zealand, home to the most historic parts of the country. Throndon is the oldest suburb and the nearby Pentone is the first European settlement.
Wellington, New Zealand, boasts higher concentration of coffee bars, cafés and restaurants than New York. And because most of the residents live near the city, one can be sure that there is always something happening.
Ask five locals where the best restaurant is and you’ll get five different answers. That’s because Wellington caters for every kind of taste. Head to Courtenay Place or the colourful Cuba Street to find an endless variety of places to dine.
Head down a quiet alleyway in Cuba Street and you may discover the iconic Mattehorn, with more awards than the bartender can shake a cocktail at. After dinner, take in a live concert at the ‘Mighty Mighty’ or if you prefer, dance off desert at any of the nightclubs along Courtenay Place’s bustling strip.
Thanks to its great geographical position, Wellington is the ideal departure point for just about every traveller.
One of the country’s most-prized wine regions, Wairarapa, is just over one hour away from the city. Enjoy the picturesque wine trail through the hillside. Take in the big skies, wide valleys and a country-side full of character. Wairarapa is the perfect place to immerse yourself in country charm, olive groves, award-winning restaurants and, of course, premium wines.
Wellington visitors can also take a 3-hour ferry ride (or a 20-minute flight) from Wellington to the south island and experience the natural, scenic beauty of Malborough. Or travel north from Wellington to discover golden beaches, sheer cliff faces and the tranquil waterways of Porirua.
Of course, there are a million nearby destinations to discover within a short distance, but finding a reason to leave Wellington may be your biggest challenge.