Situated at the southern end of New Zealand's North Island, Wellington was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.
Surrounded by nature and fuelled by creative energy, Wellington is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Fuel your visit with strong coffee and world-class craft beer – Wellingtonians are masters of casual dining, with plenty of great restaurants, night markets and food trucks.
Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene.
On the waterfront itself you’ll find New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.
If you’re into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills. Try the visually stunning Makara Peak track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington's waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city.
Some of The Many Attractions
Gourmet food experience
Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to get amongst the good stuff.
Known as New Zealand’s culinary capital, you won’t struggle to find excellent dining in Wellington, from eateries like Pickle & Pie to stalwarts such as Ortega Fish Shack and Logan Brown. Wellington is also renowned for its beer scene – barely a city block goes by without a specialist brew bar.
Te Papa Museum
No trip to Wellington is complete without a visit to the incredible Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.
Discover great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Māori culture, art, heritage, and fascinating history at this innovative museum.
The Magic of Movie Making
Take a behind-the-scenes tour at the Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop for a peek into incredible artistry and remarkable Kiwi innovation, as well as a few industry secrets.
And of course, a visit to The Lord of the Rings locations is a must for Middle‑earth fans.
Check out the Tourism New Zealand website for more information about the amazing things to see and do in New Zealand