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Visitors to this area of Wellington Region rub shoulders with around 380,000 residents.
Get active with the kids at the Wellington Cable Car and the Weta Cave. Want more? The New Zealand Film Archive and the Embassy Theatre are also highly recommended by parents.
If you're intrigued by animals, put the Wellington Zoo on your list of places to visit. Be sure to ask the staff about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's rarer species.
Cultivated from far-reaching environs, the plant species at the Botanic Gardens are quite impressive. You can also head on a rewarding stroll through the Otari-Wilton’s Bush and the Otari - Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.
Pack a picnic hamper and enjoy some time to yourself in the quiet, green surroundings of Mount Victoria Lookout and Zealandia. Matiu - Somes Island and Waitangi Park are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon and finally read that neglected book of yours.
Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre and Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre are worth dropping in on when you're looking for some information about Wellington.
Lakes offer a range of things for travlers of all ages. From hiking to wildlife watching, there's always some fun to be had. If you feel having a day by the water, check out the activities at Owhiro Bay, Island Bay and Kio Bay.
On a fine day, Oriental Bay Beach and Scorching Bay Beach are the places to go to breathe sea air, explore the coastline and watch the seabirds battling the wind.
Take a moment to yourself and revel in nature's splendor at Rimutaka Forest Park and Red Rocks Reserve. You may also like to spend a rejuvenating afternooon at Tinakori Hill.
Grab a friend and explore some of the varied cultural institutions nearby. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the collections at the Te Papa and the Cable Car Museum. The Museum of Wellington City and Sea and the City Gallery Wellington are also worth looking at.
Take a look at a range of artifacts and learn about scientific advances at Carter Observatory.
A hub for art lovers, this area boasts a range of gallery spaces in which amateur and professional artists can exhibit their wares. Start off your tour of this creative destination with a visit to the Dowse Art Museum and the Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture. If you have time afterwards, the Dowse and the Academy Galleries are also well worth a look.
How can you ever prepare for the ever-changing future if you don't really know the past? Head down to the Maori Treasures!
To learn about the area's rich and colorful past, consider visiting its many historic sites. Start your history tour at the Old St Paul's and the Old Government Buildings. When it comes to bygone times, the stories are countless. The Victoria University of Wellington and the National War Memorial are also great places to check out.
Whether you think of yourself as spiritual or not, you'll be sure to have a nice time at St Paul's Cathedral and Greek Orthodox Church. You might also like to explore Wesley Wellington Methodist Parish and Russian Orthodox Church.
Wellington's most popular sights can overshadow its less known, but equally fascinating attractions. The Central Library and the National Library are certainly worth a look. If you can fit it in, also visit Bucket Fountain or Archives New Zealand.
There are as many as 99 accommodation options in the country's capital. Browse Expedia's Wellington hotel guide to find the best offers.
Travelers keen on finding a bed at the upper-end of the scale won't be disappointed, Wellington offers a range of excellent stays, such as the Ohtel, at 66 Oriental Parade, and the Boulcott Suites, at 5 O'Reily Ave. If you want to see what the more economical options are like, The Cambridge Hotel, at 28 Cambridge Terrace, and the Base Wellington - Hostel, at 21-23 Cambridge Ter, are good to look into too.