Lonely Planet has described Wellington as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’. Although it’s not the largest city in New Zealand, there’s a lively energy pulsing through the town that promotes itself as the national centre of arts, coffee, craft beer, film and politics.
Wellington is home to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, as well as national treasures including the original Treaty of Waitangi - New Zealand’s founding document. The city is also a creative hub for New Zealand’s booming film industry.
Built on the edge of a wide harbour and steep surrounding hills, visitors don’t have to go far from central Wellington for nature and wildlife experiences such as Zealandia – an amazing suburban sanctuary, or nearby Kapiti Island.