The Windy City

Often referred to as “the coolest little capital in the world”, Wellington sits on the southwestern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. For such a small city, Wellington—or Windy Welly as it’s affectionately known—packs a huge reputation. With its fantastic nightlife and renowned entertainment district of Courtenay Place as well as an internationally recognized coffee culture, the city is both cosmopolitan and relaxed.

Browse the shops on chic Lambton Quay and then get a lay of the land by taking a ride on the iconic Kelburn cable car. Soaring high above the city, enjoy panoramic views before being dropped off at the doorstep of the Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic to enjoy when you get there to take part in a favorite local pastime.

From 19th-century wooden cottages to streamlined art deco structures, Wellington is filled with sculptures, fountains, and art galleries; be sure to visit The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum and art gallery. Film buffs will want to tour the famous Oscar-winning Weta Cave—home to props, collectibles, and souvenirs of such movies as Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Man of Steel, and Narnia.

MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND TE PAPA TONGAREWA

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MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND TE PAPA TONGAREWA

Broadly translated to ‘the place of treasures of the land’, this is the national museum and art gallery for New Zealand. The museums features exhibits dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich culture of New Zealand, including the fascinating cultures ad traditions of the Māori people.

WELLINGTON CABLE CAR

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WELLINGTON CABLE CAR

A popular and familiar landmark, this cable car rises nearly 400 feet above the city of Wellington. Visitors will be treated to spectacular views of the entire city and surrounding area. More than just a popular tourist attraction, many Wellington residents use the cable car as part of their daily commute.  

WETA CAVE

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WETA CAVE

Film buffs won’t want to miss visiting the award-winning workshops that brought The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and The Hobbit to life. A fun and informative ‘Window into the Workshop’ tour allows visitors to peak behind the curtain and see where movie magic happens.

Wellington, New Zealand At a glance

Current Weather:
Blustery
9°C / 48 °F
Wed
Partly Cloudy (Day)
11°
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Fair (Day)
12°
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Blustery
13°
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Windy
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Current Time:
6:47:45 am2018/09/26 06:47:45 am
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Wednesday, September 26
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Currency:
New Zealand Dollar
Exchange Rates:
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  • 0.69
  • 0.89
  • 0.90
  • 0.59
  • 44.54
  • 2.26
  • 13.19
Local Details:
GPS: 41°16'48"S 174°47'24"E
Size: 1,390.00 KM2 (536.68 MI2)
Population: 397,700
Density: 286 Pop/KM2 (110 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +64

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