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Wellington

Photos and souvenir postcards will fade one day, but memories of your trip to Wellington will last a lifetime.

Visitors to this area of Wellington Region will be rubbing shoulders with about 380,000 residents.

Give the kids a treat and enjoy some quality time together at the Wellington Cable Car and the Weta Cave. Want more? The New Zealand Film Archive and the Embassy Theatre are sure to keep everyone grinning.

You and the kids will have a ball investigating the native and exotic animals at the Wellington Zoo. Be sure to ask the staff about special events and where to find the zoo's most popular species.

Spend a couple of hours looking at the comprehensive catalogue of plant species on display at the Botanic Gardens. The Otari-Wilton’s Bush and the Otari - Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden are also worth checking out.

When it's time for a break, pick up some lunch and make your way over to one of the pleasant green spaces, such as Waitangi Park or Frank Kitts Park. Wahine Memorial Park and Khandallah Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy day over a good book.

Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre and Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre are well worth stopping by when you're looking for some tips on what to see and do in Wellington.

Want to fill your lungs with some fresh, salty air? Take a trip out to Oriental Bay Beach or Scorching Bay Beach and spend the entire afternoon walking along the coastline or just chilling by the water's edge.

Need to get away from the stresses of modern life? Make your way over to Zealandia and Matiu - Somes Island. Rimutaka Forest Park and Red Rocks Reserve are also highly recommended by nature-loving travelers.

To learn something new while on vacation, set aside some time to explore the Cable Car Museum and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, two of the better cultural institutions. Wander the halls at your own pace as you browse the varied exhibits, or just savor a moment in one of the quiet spaces.

Stories of this area's nautical history are embodied in the collection of vessel fragments found at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.

Think about spending some time at Carter Observatory to build your knowledge on scientific innovations and the natural environment.

Want to check out some art? You'll discover galleries of all sorts here. Revel in the hip atmosphere at the City Gallery Wellington and the Dowse Art Museum. If these leave you feeling energized, wrap up the day at the Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture and the Dowse.

Even if you were never a history geek, you'll still enjoy learning about the past at the Te Papa or the Maori Treasures.

To find out more about the area's rich and fascinating past, pay a visit to its many remaining historical sites. Begin your local history tour at the Old St Paul's or the Old Government Buildings. You might also like to snap a few photos at the Victoria University of Wellington and the National War Memorial.

Whether you consider yourself spiritual or not, you're sure enjoy an afternoon at St Paul's Cathedral and Greek Orthodox Church. If you want to see some more religious sites, check for guided tours at Wesley Wellington Methodist Parish and Russian Orthodox Church.

Before you pack up your bags and head back home, make sure you check out some of Wellington's other attractions. The Central Library and the National Library might catch your interest. Also, contemplate seeing Bucket Fountain and City-to-Sea Bridge if your schedule allows.


Guide to Exploring Wellington


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Rydges Wellington

Rydges Wellington

75 Featherston St, Wellington
4.4
of 5, from 1,867 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in The best-rated area in Wellington, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Government Buildings and Beehive. St Paul's Cathedral and Old St Paul's are also within 10 minutes.

£53
ibis Wellington

ibis Wellington

153 Featherston St, Wellington
4.2
of 5, from 2,155 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The best-rated area in Wellington, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Wellington City and Sea and Wellington Cable Car. Old Government Buildings and Beehive are also within 10 minutes.

£50
Comfort Hotel Wellington

Comfort Hotel Wellington

223 Cuba Street, Wellington
4.1
of 5, from 1,694 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The best-rated area in Wellington, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bucket Fountain and Cuba Street Mall. Civic Square and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes.

£64
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace, Wellington
4.4
of 5, from 4,587 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Wellington Cable Car, Beehive and Old Government Buildings. Civic Square and St Paul's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

£58
West Plaza Hotel

West Plaza Hotel

110 Wakefield Street, Wellington
4.1
of 5, from 1,550 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The best-rated area in Wellington, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Wellington Town Hall, Michael Fowler Centre and Civic Square. City Gallery Wellington and City-to-Sea Bridge are also within 5 minutes.

£40
Willis Wellington Hotel

Willis Wellington Hotel

355 Willis St, Wellington
3.5
of 5, from 1,484 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Wellington, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Colonial Cottage Museum and Cuba Street Mall. Civic Square and Courtenay Place are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£65
Quality Hotel Wellington

Quality Hotel Wellington

223 Cuba Street, Wellington
4.5
of 5, from 932 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the centre of Wellington, this family-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bucket Fountain and Cuba Street Mall. Civic Square and Courtenay Place are also within 15 minutes.

£53
Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman

Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman

169 Willis St, Wellington
3.8
of 5, from 1,208 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in The best-rated area in Wellington, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cuba Street Mall, Civic Square and Courtenay Place. Wellington Cable Car and Te Papa are also within 15 minutes.

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