Wellington

Travel Guide
Mount Victoria Lookout which includes a bay or harbour, night scenes and mountains
Visit the "coolest little capital in the world" for arts, culture and film industry glamour, not to mention stunning natural beauty.

As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington is the most southerly capital city on the planet. According to Māori legend, Wellington Harbour was first discovered by Kupe in A.D. 925. 1840 saw the arrival of the Europeans, who named the city after the Duke of Wellington, and it finally became the country's capital in 1865.Previously overlooked in favour of the more popular Auckland, a lot has changed here in terms of tourism in the last few years, with Wellington now described by some as the "coolest little capital in the world". Its hip reputation is due in large part to its thriving cultural scene, its nightlife and, in particular, one of the most successful film industries outside Tinseltown. Plenty of tourists come here to see famous film scenes come to life, such as the stunning landscapes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy or the heightened surroundings of blockbuster Avatar. The city's wealth of high-tech sound stages, special effects gurus and studios have led to the area sometimes being dubbed "Wellywood".A good place to start getting to grips with the city is along the waterfront. This area is most notably home to the national museum Te Papa. Not far is the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, which tracks the development and maritime heritage of the New Zealand capital.One of the most enduring tourist attractions in the city is the Wellington Cable Car. This 8-minute journey will whip you up the hill to Wellington Botanic Garden and the Kelburn lookout point. You can then hop on a shuttle from here to Zealandia, a conservation project which aims to return part of the countryside to its original state before human settlement. To see the famous unspoilt landscape of Wellington on a grander scale, head into the hills for some dramatic tramping trails, or make the trip to the city's nearest beach, Oriental Bay Beach.As night falls, the streets of Wellington come to life with great bars, cafés, restaurants and entertainment. Despite its many great facilities, Wellington is really quite a small city. One of the many advantages of this is that most things are within easy walking distance, making the visitor's life as easy and laidback as possible.

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
3 out of 5
25 Vivian St, Wellington, Wellington, 6011
The price is NZ$99 per night from 7 Jul. to 8 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Te Papa and Wellington Zoo are located ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (10 reviews)
"Super new and staff were really friendly, great rooms with comfort and great shower pressure and facilities"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2022

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
4.5 out of 5
147 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011
The price is NZ$199 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (970 reviews)
"Close to everything that we needed. Staff easy and polite to deal with, even when we extended our stay. Good view from the 25th floor. Great selection for the breakfast menu. What more do you need?"

Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2022

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Bolton Hotel
Bolton Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner of Bolton & Mowbray Streets, Wellington, 2094
The price is NZ$199 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"We loved staying here - easy walk to shopping and restaurants, easy walk to the stadium. The staff were fantastic and really looked after us. Will definitely stay here again when in Wellington."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2022

Bolton Hotel
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Quest on Lambton
Quest on Lambton
3.5 out of 5
120 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011
The price is NZ$167 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (591 reviews)
"Large room, equipped kitchen, central location."

Reviewed on 12 May 2022

Quest on Lambton
Boulcott Suites
Boulcott Suites
5 out of 5
5 O'Reily Ave, Wellington, 6011
The price is NZ$203 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,711 reviews)
"Was a brilliant place to stay for a group. Great location so you can walk anywhere and townhouses are spacious, clean and tidy."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Boulcott Suites
Gilmer Apartment Hotel
Gilmer Apartment Hotel
3.5 out of 5
10 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011
The price is NZ$184 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (963 reviews)
"Good location."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2022

Gilmer Apartment Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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