On North Islands Southern tip lies New Zealandís Capital city, Wellington, located between a lovely harbour
and soaring green hills. Wellington is a cultural1y rich and lively compact city.
It is home to Te Papa, New Zealandís national museum, this unique interactive museum is a must see visitor attraction. You can have lots of fun (all ages) with plenty of hands on and gain an insight into New Zealand
life from its people, arts and wildlife.
The city has a great nightlife with something to suit all tastes, on Courtenay place you will find clubs, music bars and cinemas, the city has a good selection of cafes/bars and restaurants to enjoy. Accommodation options range from Hotels
, B&BS and Budget backpackers accommodation.
A good place to start exploring Wellington city is Lambton Quay where you will find stylish stores, wander through colourful Cuba Street. The best way to explore the city is on foot. You can book a walking tour and discover the city and attractions if you prefer, if you are on a short stay holiday break
they can be beneficial.
You can obtain information on tours and excursions currently available from the Visitor Centre which is located on Civic Square.
Other walking tours
that may be of interest include the Harbourfront Walk which takes around one hour. The Thorndon Heritage Walk takes between two and three hours. You get a ride on the Red Cable Car, see the Wellington Botanic Gardens. On the way back along Tinakori Road you will see the antique shops, galleries and boutiques plus many other Wellington sights. This is a very enjoyable and worthwhile tour.
You will find most of Wellingtonís beaches have lots to offer from surfing, water skiing and much more, you may prefer to find a perfect picnic spot, swim and enjoy some relaxation. If you need more information on which beaches suite your requirements you should contact the Visitor Centre.
Wellington Zoo may be of interest; founded in 1906 it is the oldest zoo in New Zealand. The enclosures have been designed to be similar and as natural to the surroundings they would have lived in, in the wild.
Located approximately 5km from the city centre is Otart -Wiltonís Bush a unique botanic garden committed to native plants and some of Wellingtonís oldest trees including an 800 year old Rimu.If you are exploring yourselves you should visit the Wellington Botanic Gardens, you can take a cable car ride from downtown Wellington to the gardens which feature specialized plant collections, colourful floral displays and protected native forests, you can enjoy the garden and the views of the city and harbour.
If you want to find out more of Wellingtonís history you can follow some of the Heritage Trails around the city. Wellington and the surrounding region have the largest variety of natural heritage attractions in the country. You can enjoy a choice of walks or mountain biking if you visit the Te Kopahou Reserve which is a short distance from the city; there are numerous tracks, beachcombing areas and historical sites. With some amazing views including the Red Rocks, Maori traditions have three explanations as to why the rocks are red! Whether you are looking for a leisurely or activity type of holiday there is something for everyone in and around Wellington.