Wellington

New Zealand’s much-loved political and cultural capital of Wellington lies on a sparkling harbour at the bottom of the North Island, not far from forest-clad hills and a delightful wine-growing region. Explore urban precincts, each with their own distinct character, then take to the harbour and the hills for outdoor experiences on the edge of the city.

Around the Wellington Region

The cultured urban life in New Zealand’s capital is capable of indulging all the senses. Wellington steals hearts; set on a stunning harbour, with bush-clad hills all around and old wooden houses alongside sparkling glass towers, it’s utterly unique. Shopping, dining and culture abound.

Regional Destinations

Paraparaumu Main centre of the Kapiti Coast, with easy access to beaches and forests. Upper Hutt Town at the base of the rugged Rimutaka Hills. Lower Hutt Satellite city across the harbour in the Hutt Valley. Porirua Major retail precinct and home of a renowned art gallery. Wellington Political and cultural capital of New Zealand.

Highlights

Take a guided tour of the historic Parliament Buildings. Learn about New Zealand culture at one of the many museums including Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Step into the past with a ride on the heritage Cable Car. Watch live theatre, music or dance after dinner in a city restaurant. Shop ‘til you drop in the heart of Wellington City. Encounter native wildlife at a protected nature reserve.

Wellywood

Wellington, the home of director Sir Peter Jackson, has been the nerve centre for New Zealand’s recent notable participation in the international film industry. Special effects wizards Weta are based there, and the city also house’s Sir Peter’s Stone Street Studios, used for filming such Hollywood blockbusters as The Hobbit films, the recent remake of King Kong, and James Cameron’s smash-hit Avatar.