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City Guide Wellington, New Zealand

Visiting Wellington

Despite its position as the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington is just two kilometres in diameter making it compact and intimate, easy to get around, and a holiday destination which comes highly recommended.

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Wellington City Reviews

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Great city! Great parry atmosphere, lots of nice places to eat, and lots of sightseeing to be done too. Lord of the Rings tours are great fun, some beautiful views if you like hiking and great town to explore. Definitely spend some time here if you're in New Zealand.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Windy Wellington

    I have been to wellington quit a few times, and it can be sunshine everywhere but that wind!!! OMG!! it is by far one of the most unique cities in New Zealand, not a typical city with the city constantly buzzing!

    Insider Tip:be prepared for four seasons in one day!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Wellington is a very beautiful harbour city full of culture and with many things to do. It offers a variety of activities ranging from the sedate to the more adrenelin pumping. There is a street in the centre particularly called cuba street, which is home to a number of good food places and interesting shops. The only downside is that it is quite expensive, the food especially. I would highly recommend it though

    Insider Tip:Visit maitu/somes island

  • 90%

    seanwake

    Great

    300,000 people but it feels like a bigger city than that, (coming from a chicagoan). Walk everyewhere, public trans to airport is great, museums are cool and overall will go back and stay if/when i come back to NZ.

    Insider Tip:Market on sunday by the harbor, cuba st., video game awesomeness at the museum, go check out the view from the harbor by way of the bridge by the library, i think it is called the city center. Very cool what they have done.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Poker sized city

    Wellington is tiny for a capital city, but there in lies its charm. It has plenty of character and a mass abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars too keep you entertained. There is plenty to do from walks up Mt Victoria and the botanic gardens, to visits to the national museum, the zoo or chill down by the waterfront. Definitely worth a visit!

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