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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James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
4.5 out of 5
147 The Terrace, Wellington
The price is NZ$139 per night from 5 Nov. to 5 Nov.
This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory and Te Papa (Museum of ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,060 reviews)
"Like that it is close to the main shopping area."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Rydges Wellington
Rydges Wellington
4.5 out of 5
75 Featherston St, Wellington
The price is NZ$179 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Located in Pipitea, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District, Wellington Waterfront and Old Government Buildings. Lambton Quay ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,058 reviews)
"Excellent friendly service, clean and luxurious room"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

Rydges Wellington
InterContinental Wellington, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Wellington, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
2 Grey Street, Wellington
The price is NZ$199 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in Wellington CBD, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District, Lambton Quay and Wellington Waterfront. Museum of Wellington ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"The value of any hospitality business is in its staff. The staff at this hotel were excellent. Attentive, professional and welcoming."

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

InterContinental Wellington, an IHG Hotel
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Quest Wellington
Quest Wellington
4 out of 5
Quest Wellington 33 Hunter St, Wellington
The price is NZ$115 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located in Wellington CBD, this aparthotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District, Lambton Quay and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station). ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (935 reviews)
"Very worth for its price, loved our stay!"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

Quest Wellington
Boulcott Suites
Boulcott Suites
5 out of 5
5 O'Reily Ave, Wellington
The price is NZ$193 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in Te Aro, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Wellington Central Business District and Victoria University of Wellington. Cuba ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,666 reviews)
"Well located for walk to restaurants, shopping and public transport. Would be easier if park outside in order to check in. Beds comfortable and good quality sheets."

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2021

Boulcott Suites
Quest on Lambton
Quest on Lambton
3.5 out of 5
120 Lambton Quay, Wellington
The price is NZ$151 per night from 21 Oct. to 21 Oct.
Located in Wellington CBD, this aparthotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District and Lambton Quay. Old Government Buildings and New Zealand ...
3.9/5 Good! (578 reviews)
"Great for business in the CBD or a weekend of shopping and events. HUGE rooms with lots of room and space."

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

Quest on Lambton
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