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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.

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Oaks Wellington Hotel
Oaks Wellington Hotel
4.5 out of 5
89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$149 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Te Aro, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Michael Fowler Centre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (377 reviews)
"Location is very good."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Oaks Wellington Hotel
Rydges Wellington
Rydges Wellington
4.5 out of 5
75 Featherston St, Wellington
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$179 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,093 reviews)
"Overall experience was lovely. Food was absolutely devine."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

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Rydges Wellington Airport
Rydges Wellington Airport
4.5 out of 5
28 Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai, Wellington
The price is NZ$167 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from The Weta Cave and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Wellington Zoo. Mount Victoria Lookout and Courtenay ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (823 reviews)
"Better than your average airport hotel. With amazing views of the runway and the sea beyond, so quiet and conveniently located. The carpet in the hallway could have done with a vacuum but our room was spotless."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Rydges Wellington Airport
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Sojourn Apartment Hotel
Sojourn Apartment Hotel
4.5 out of 5
22 Riddiford St, Wellington, Wellington
The price is NZ$156 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Basin Reserve, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Zoo. Te Papa ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"Comfy bed and easy access to venue I had planned for that weekend. Close to countdown and coffee. We were placed in a mobility room which was nice because the room was apparently slightly bigger however this meant we also had a mobility shower meaning water went every where everytime. Otherwise everything ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

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Boulcott Suites
Boulcott Suites
5 out of 5
5 O'Reily Ave, Wellington
The price is NZ$193 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in Te Aro, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Wellington Central Business District, Cuba Street Mall and Victoria University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,623 reviews)
"Great location, very easy walk to eateries and tourist attractions. The room was very quiet except from some street noise coming from the bar across the road. Very clean and well appointed. Staff all very fried and efficient. The only problem we had was with street access, no temporary parking to ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

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Gilmer Apartment Hotel
Gilmer Apartment Hotel
3.5 out of 5
10 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
The price is NZ$158 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Wellington CBD, this apartment building is steps away from Lambton Quay and Wellington Central Business District. TSB Bank Arena and Wellington Waterfront ...
4.3/5Excellent! (948 reviews)
"Great facilities in the room. Handy to Lampton Quay. Very helpful reception staff."

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2021

Gilmer Apartment Hotel
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