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Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. It is a harbour city nicknamed Windy Wellington and promotes itself as "Absolutely Positively Wellington". Its motto "Suprema a situ" claims site supremacy - with some justification. Wellington, known as New Zealand’s arts and culture capital, offers an unmatched blend of culture, heritage, fine food, and lively arts and entertainment. Surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline, the city boasts a stunning harbour. Wellington’s charm is that it serves up a vibrant inner city experience with a slice of New Zealand scenery. And because of its compact nature, you can sample it all - boutique shopping, art galleries, trendy cafes and restaurants. Right on its doorstep is a network of walking and biking trails with beautiful wineries and vineyards just a few hours away.
Wellington Landmarks & Popular attractions :
Te Papa : The national museum. Particularly good if you have children to entertain on a rainy day. Free (except for the occasional special presentation).
Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queens Wharf, : A well-presented museum of the history of Wellington, including its maritime history. Free.
City Gallery : Lacks a permanent collection but runs a consistently avant-garde set of exhibits. It also has the excellent cafe Nikau attached to it.
The Wellington Cable Car, : The easiest way to get a nice view of the city and harbor, the Cable Car runs on rails from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Garden in Kelburn every ten minutes.
Frank Kitts Park : A great place to wander around, with walls to climb, inline skates, and jet ski rental.
Lookout points : Wellington City is surrounded by hills, so there are a number of good vantage points:
Mount Victoria : (196 metres) The best lookout in Wellington. The full 360-degree view is a great place to see the the airport, the harbor, the CBD and the Town Belt with just a turn of the head. It takes about an hour to walk up from Courtenay Place. Many tourist buses go there but also a lot of the locals, especially at night to 'watch the view'.
Mount Kaukau : (445 metres) Another great lookout point, not as close to the city as Mt Victoria .
Wrights Hill : More views, and WWII underground tunnels which are open to the public on public holidays for a small fee.
Brooklyn Windmill : Another great place to go to get an excellent view of the city, the harbour, and Cook Strait, plus experience the wind.
Massey Memorial : An interesting place to go if you want to see a large memorial in the middle of nowhere, with a good view of the surrounding harbour.
Karori Cemetery is an interesting picnic spot.
Elmscourt : a historic art deco apartment block on the corner of The Terrace and Abel Smith Street.
Oriental Parade : A new beach. However if you are not from somewhere really cold it is unlikely that it will be hot enough for you to be in desperate need for a swim. There is a spa pool (jacuzzi) in Freyberg Swimming pool (on Oriental Parade) which is inexpensive if you enjoy "people soup".
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary : A predator-proof fence encloses an old water catchment area, forming a mainland island that provides a natural haven for endangered native birds, tuatara, wētā, and other indigenous flora and fauna, safe from introduced predators.
Plimmer's Ark : A hundred years ago a Bank was built on top of a wrecked ship that had been used as a market. When they renovated the building they discovered the ship's timbers and preserved the remains in the building .
Parliament Buildings : the Beehive (or Executive Wing), and the Parliamentary Library. The grounds of Parliament are open to the public. Known as the hill, Parliament grounds are at the foot of Molesworth and Bowen Streets, where they meet Lambton Quay.
National Library of New Zealand : The library regularly holds exhibitions.
Turnbull House : This imposing brick mansion now seems small and out of place amongst the surrounding high-rises.
Old Government Buildings : This is the largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere and the second-largest in the world. It is now the home of Victoria University Law School.
Old St Paul's : This was the Anglican center for decades. Superseded by the new cathedral north of Parliament, this one is popular for weddings and funerals.
Statues and sculptures : appear in some intriguing places around town. Famous prime ministers, memorials, and works of art have all been erected in the streets of Wellington, including: Memorial statues - The Cenotaph , The Bucket Fountain etc...
Things to Do Wellington :
The Botanic Garden : is a nice place to go for a picnic, or just an afternoon walk. At the top of the Gardens, there are several attractions.
The Cable Car Museum : has two of the old cars in semi-restored and fully-restored condition and some of the original Cable Car machinery from the system that was replaced in 1978.
The Lookout : has a great view day or night, and the large map next to the round tree usually has a few pamphlets with maps of the Gardens.
The Carter Observatory : is a stones throw from here. This is the perfect place to explore the Garden from, or wander back to the city.
Bolton Street Memorial Park : Watch out for the friendly black cat who haunts this hillside cemetery. If you're returning from the Botanic Gardens by foot, this is great place to meander through and check out the epitaphs of early pioneers and historical figures.
Red Rocks/ Seal Colony. This is an interesting walk named for its distinctive red rocks (probably Jasper).
Capital E National Theatre for Children
The Embassy Theatre
Beck's Incredible Film Festival : Incredibly strange, exploitation cinema and extra low budget movies.
Festival of the Arts : February/March every two years.
Take a ferry across the harbour : Go down to Queen's Wharf and check out the destinations and times.
Oriental Bay Oriental Parade Past Te Papa Oriental Parade is Wellington's most beautiful street. Wellingtonians and visitors run, walk, cycle, rollerblade and eat at the great cafes & restaurants on this strip or sunbathe at the beach.
Wellington Flights & Airports : Wellington International Airport is in Rongotai, about 5 km from the central city. It sits on an isthmus between the Miramar peninsula and Mount Victoria. The southerly approach is over Cook Strait, while the northerly approach is over the harbor. Wellington airport is a major transit point for domestic travellers. There are frequent flights to Auckland, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Hamilton, Nelson, Blenheim and many other destinations. International flights from Australia ( Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) arrive about twice daily .