New Zealand's capital city.
Wellington has a bustling urban scene lain upon its characteristic crooked shores and rolling hills and is truly a unique slice of New Zealand. With its abundance of museums and galleries, the city has no shortage of culture. Wellington also houses brilliant wildlife reserves, including the Staglands Wildlife Reserve and the Zealandia Sanctuary, which allow you to roam free through their exhibits just like the critters who live there, who love to be fed by visitors. One of New Zealand’s most iconic museums, “Te Papa”, is also on the city’s very own shore front. Take the famous cable car up to the Botanic gardens and walk through the native fauna on display or take a hike up mount Victoria and look over the unique city from above. If you’re looking for an urban paradise packed full of culture and character you'll find it in Wellington.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN WELLINGTON
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Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa): Te Papa is the one place where you can explore the entirety of New Zealand in a day. Make your way through the one of a kind interactive exhibits and learn the history and Maori culture of the country, having fun while doing so. Take the friends and family down to Te Papa for an entertaining and educating day out!
Staglands Wildlife Reserve: Go bird spotting at the Staglands Wildlife Reserve, where you can get up close and personal with some of the most exotic birds on the island. Feed and freely interact with the birds who roam the reserve, in their enclosure constructed from natural materials to make them feel at home.
Wellington and City Sights Coast Tour: Check out Wellington’s classic rolling hills and coastline on a city tour. With your tour guide you’ll learn of the history of the iconic city, and the story behind the many landmarks you will pass on your journey. The City tour makes for a brilliant entry into Wellington and is the perfect activity for those who just touched down.
The Great War Exhibition: Get a guided tour around the Great War Exhibition created by the famous director Sir Peter Jackson and learn the struggles of the many courageous young soldiers during World War I. Step into the battlefield and develop an accurate understanding of the horror-ridden environment the soldiers lived in, by exploring the many artifacts on display. Informational panels will ensure that you are well informed and get the most out of your visit.
Zealandia Sanctuary: The Zealandia Sanctuary is a tropical paradise, which has worked hard to bring back multiple reptiles, birds and other wildlife from extinction to walk free in their 225-hectare park. Leave the concrete city to a haven of tranquility and beauty with a trip to Zealandia.
Otari-Wilson’s Bush Native Botanic Garden: The Otari-Wilson Native Botanic Garden is the only botanic garden in the country exclusively containing native plants. The gardens contain some of the oldest trees in Wellington, one being as old as 800. The Gardens are very accessible and are only a short drive from the city by car or bus.
Mount Victoria: Make your way up Mount Victoria for a gorgeous lookout point of the city and its surroundings. With 360-degree views from the top, it’s a must visit for those looking to add Wellington to their photo collection.
Wellington Cable Car: You simply must take a trip on the Wellington Cable Car if you’re in town. The zippy tram can take you all the way up to the top of the Botanic Gardens in a few minutes, or to the Space Place observatory. There is also the Cable Car Museum, which provides insight into the Cable Car’s iconic history and mechanics, available for visit free of charge.