Located between steep, rolling hills and a stunning harbour is New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Also known as New Zealand's culture and arts capital, much of Wellington's charm is due to its beautiful wooden houses, historic buildings, museums and art galleries.
Wellingtonians also enjoy their food, wine, shopping, theatre, music and dance; with many excellent cafes, restaurants, bars, boutique shops and small theatres. At night Wellington remains very much alive!
Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum is hard to miss, with five floors dominating its location on the waterfront. Te Papa is a great place to learn about New Zealand's art, culture, heritage and natural history, with a great variety of long term, and ever changing short term inter-active displays. Te Papa is open every day, with general admission being free.
You could walk to Oriental Bay for a swim at the beach, or try one of the waterfront cafes or bars. Around Wellington there are many walking tracks, either around the coast, or in the hills. Visit one of the parks, or wildlife sanctuaries.
Architecture in Wellington
The first thing you notice when you arrive in Wellington New Zealand, are the beautiful old wooden houses built up the side of the hill from the harbour front. You will see these timber houses right throughout Wellington.
Some of the more historical wooden buildings include Antrim House, Old St Pauls and the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere - the Old Government Buildings. Include some time in Wellington's oldest suburb of Thorndon, where you can see Katherine Mansfield's birthplace.
A visit to Lambton Quay, where you can see the New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Victorian Gothic Library and the "Beehive", is well worth the time.
Wellington Attractions Not to be Missed
Any visit to Wellington should include a ride in the Cable Car from Lambton Quay up to the Botanic Garden. Once there take in you can explore the gardens and natural bush. Afterwards walk back through Thorndon, and take time to admire the historic houses and buildings.
From Mount Victoria you have great 360° panoramic views of Wellington city, Wellington harbour and the Cook Strait. A great spot to take photos, either during the day, or at night with the city lights showing.
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