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Wellington

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Harbour Capital
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present. Attractions in Wellington include a wealth of architectural styles showcased on many of the city's streets, and some of the country's best and most revered museums. As a hub of the nation's arts industry and host of a number of different festivals and events, Wellington remains a modest yet thriving capital. Take a peek at our international travel planner: Wellington and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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Popular things to do in Wellington

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The Great War Exhibition ©
History Museum
The Great War Exhibition
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Specialty Museum
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
New Zealand Parliament ©
Government Building
New Zealand Parliament
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Wellington

Queen Charlotte Track ©
Hiking Trail
Queen Charlotte Track Picton
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
Southward Car Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Southward Car Museum Paraparaumu
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Marlborough Sounds ©
Water Body
Marlborough Sounds Picton
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Wellington

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Wellington Zoo ©
Zoo
Wellington Zoo
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Wellington Museum ©
History Museum
Wellington Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Oriental Bay ©
Water Body
Oriental Bay
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Wildlife Area
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
4.7
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Wellington

Pinnacles Track
Geologic Formation
Pinnacles Track
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Katherine Mansfield House and Garden ©
Historic Site
Katherine Mansfield House and Garden
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Food Tour
Food Tours
4.8
Duration: 5 hours

Nature in Wellington

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Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden
Forest
Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Matiu / Somes Island ©
Island
Matiu / Somes Island
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Mount Kaukau ©
Mountain
Mount Kaukau
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Red Rocks Reserve
Geologic Formation
Red Rocks Reserve
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Wellington

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Cape Palliser Lighthouse ©
Lighthouse
Cape Palliser Lighthouse
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Cemetery
Bolton Street Cemetery
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Saint Mary of the Angels ©
Religious Site
Saint Mary of the Angels
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Wellington Railway Station ©
Historic Site
Wellington Railway Station
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Zozo Travel Limited ©
Food Tour
Zozo Travel Limited
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
Black Pearl Charters - Private Trips ©
Outdoor Activity
Black Pearl Charters - Private Trips
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
Escape Mate ©
Room Escape Game
Escape Mate
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mount Victoria ©
Lookout
Mount Victoria
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Wellington

As an established, modern capital city, Wellington offers accommodations of numerous shapes and sizes. Get a harbor view at a luxury hotel by the waterfront, or enjoy simple rental rooms at one of the many backpacker hostels. Cheaper accommodation lies outside the downtown area, with motels, campsites, and RV parks providing options for those on smaller budgets, and travelers wanting to get out of town and into the rolling, green hills. Wellington benefits from a wide range of transport and a very efficient infrastructure, so you'll have access to attractions no matter where you stay.
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