Lonely Planet has named Wellington the "coolest little capital in the world". Although it’s not New Zealand's largest city, it promotes itself as the national centre of arts, coffee, craft beer, film and politics, and there's an undeniable energy pulsing through the town.
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 such as the original Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. The city is also a creative hub for New Zealand’s booming film industry.
Central Wellington is spread across the foreshores of a wide harbour and steep surrounding hills. Visitors don't have to venture far for nature and wildlife experiences, including Zealandia, an amazing suburban sanctuary, and Kapiti Island, an offshore reserve for endangered bird and marine species.