A Guide to Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington's active outdoor lifestyle, world-class dining and cultural attractions have made it a top travel destination. Here is a short guide to New Zealand's charismatic capital city.

Things to Do in Wellington
One of the most popular things to do in Wellington is a ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car. Enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike, the cable car takes you on a journey from Lambton Quay in the city centre to Kelburn, a suburb overlooking the central city. Along the journey, you will see beautiful views of the cityscape and its surrounding hills. At the top, you can check out the cable car museum, take a stroll through the Wellington Botanic Gardens, or enjoy the views from the lookout.

The best spot to get panoramic views of the city is Mount Victoria Lookout. From the top, you can see everything from Tinakori Hill and the Hutt Valley to the Eastern Harbour bays and Miramar Peninsula. It's the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or watch the sunset.

As one of the nations cultural hubs, Wellington is the home to some of New Zealand's top museums, most notably Te Papa. Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum and is one of the most well-known attractions in Wellington. Inside this fun, interactive museum is an incredible collection of galleries, exhibitions and Maori artefacts, including the museum's very own Marae. A visit to this historic museum is a must do. Other great Wellington art galleries include the Hamish McKay and Page Blackie galleries that specialise in contemporary New Zealand art.

Places to Eat in Wellington
One of the best things to do in Wellington is to explore all the fantastic food and drink it has to offer. From cheap eats to fine dining, Wellington is a city packed with great places to eat. Little Penang on Dixon Street is one of Wellington's best cheap eats. Its authentic Malaysian flavours have garnered rave reviews from customers. At Burger Liquor on Willis Street, you can get some of the best burgers in Wellington, along with tasty alcoholic milkshakes. For a higher price, you can have a memorable fine dining experience at one of Wellington's top restaurants like Whitebait or Logan Brown. Wellington also has several charming lunch spots and cosy cafes where you can relax with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy a comforting meal.

Wellington Climate

Wellington is known for being windy. Apart from that, the region enjoys a mild, temperate marine climate. The weather is usually best between the months of October and April when temperatures are between 17C and 21C on average. During winter, the city experiences southerly winds which can make the temperatures feel quite cold, but it rarely falls below 6C.

Getting Around Wellington

Although you can get around the central city by foot, it's often much more convenient to rent a vehicle. Hiring a car rental in Wellington will allow you to fit more activities into your day and see as many Wellington attractions as possible. Visitors can collect car rentals at Wellington Airport or the city centre from a range of trusted providers. There are loads of parking available throughout the city, so you won't find it difficult to find a space. On the weekends and public holidays, on street parking is free for up to two hours. Wellington also has a great public transport system, excellent taxi companies available, and plenty of space for cycling.

Wellington Accommodation
Wellington offers a range of accommodation options to suit anyone's needs. Wellington's top rated hotels range from $80-$250, depending on the time of booking and deals available. Throughout the CBD there is also a wide selection of cheap backpackers, bed and breakfasts, apartments, holiday homes, and motels to choose from.