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Why visit Wellington
Ranked #1 for the "coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet, Wellington offers an abundance of things to see and do. In the city, you'll find trendy shopping spots and vibrant nightlife, and with the highest number of restaurants, bars, and cafes in New Zealand, there will be no time wasted on deciding where to eat. For the outdoor lovers amongst us, you'll love the mountain bike tracks, walking trails and beaches, all just a stone's throw away from the city centre.
When to visit Wellington
Being in the Southern Hemisphere, Wellington has the same seasonal cycle as Australia, with summer from December to February and winter from June to August. What separates Wellington from other cities is its location in the Cook Strait - the gap that separates the two main islands – which strengthens the wind as it funnels through, giving the city the nickname 'Windy Wellington'. Visiting between the autumn months of March to May when the weather is still warm and the wind won't chill you to the bone is ideal.
Getting around Wellington
Wellington has a fantastic public transport system offering buses, ferries and trains to get you around easily. Your main transport hub is Wellington Station, from which you can journey along the northern coast to neighbouring Petone or further into the CBD. And only a minute's walk away from the station are the ferry terminals. Save yourself on fares by purchasing a prepaid Snapper card that gives you access to all Metlink trains and buses in the Wellington Region.
Things to do in Wellington
Looking to explore the city? Start with a journey on the Cable Car and be treated to scenic views of the city and Te Whanganui-a-Tara Harbour before being taken to the Kelburn Lookout and Botanic Gardens. In the heart of the city, be sure to pass through Hannah's Laneway and visit the Wellington Chocolate Factory or see where Middle-Earth was created at the Weta Workshop. Beyond the city streets, you can take a walk through the nature trails on the way to Mount Victoria Lookout, and just a train ride away is the Zealandia Ecosanctuary, which is home to a lush forest full of rare native animals.
Where to eat and drink in Wellington
Start the day with a coffee and cheese scone at Pravda Cafe & Grill, located by the Wellington Museum. Visit the waterfront for lunch and watch the ferries go by from the rooftop of the Maranui Café before beginning the Craft Capital Beer Trail – a self-guided journey that will take you to 19 craft beer bars, 15 craft beer breweries and two bottle stores. Finish the day with some of the finest and award-winning restaurants that infuse traditional Māori and contemporary cuisine.
Where to stay in Wellington
The Mercure Wellington Central City is a fantastic choice for those who love being close to all the action. The Sofitel Wellington combines French luxury and local cuisine for those who love to indulge a bit while on holiday. And the ibis Wellington is perfect for visitors to the city, looking to travel on a budget. There are plenty of options when it comes to Hotels in Wellington; you can have your pick.