Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, situated at the bottom of the North Island. If you are visiting Wellington there is a wealth of entertainment and sight seeing options available to you, whether you are on a budget or have plenty of spending money.
In Wellington’s central city the first port of call is generally Te Papa museum at the far end of the waterfront. Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum where you can learn about the local people and culture, as well as get involved in the many interactive activities available.
Back along the waterfront, you can experience outdoor theatre and events, fantastic shopping and dining and if you keep walking you will eventually come to ‘The Beehive’, New Zealand’s Government building (yes, it is shaped like a beehive!). You can take a free tour of The Beehive every hour, on the hour if you are interested.
Further into the city you can experience the Wellington Cable Car museum and take a ride on the famous cable car which boasts great views of the city. You can visit the Wellington Art Gallery or the National Archives of New Zealand or see a performance at the St. James Theatre – the permanent home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
A short trip will take you to the Wellington Zoo or the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary which provides a refuge for native, and often endangered, birds and wildlife.
If you are interested in tours there is a huge range of historical, cultural and local region tours on offer if you do your research. If you are a ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan there are a number of tour operators that do specialised tours around the Wellington area, where most of the filming and production was done.
In the surrounding region you can visit Wairarapa (Wellington’s wine area), Upper Hutt (for many outdoors activities), spot fur seals on the western coast and travel to a number of beautiful and historical local towns.
Wellington is a fantastic place to explore, especially if you are a visitor or tourist in New Zealand. If you research your information in advance you can experience the best the region has to offer with little difficulty.