Capital city and second largest urban area of New Zealand and amongst the cheapest cities in the world to live

Population: Circa 393,400

Named ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet

Ranked 4th in 2011 by Lonely Planet under ‘Top 10 Cities to Visit’

Climate: Marine, very moderate all year round with plenty of sunshine

Great for: Festivals, Arts, Exploring the city’s café culture (they say there are more cafés in Wellington per head than in New York City)


National Museum - Te Papa
Celebrate the culture and legend of the Maori, and the history of the early New Zealand settler. Explore the geology and geography of New Zealand, all of which are documented here in a fascinating and unique story. A great day out for all the family – make sure you don’t miss the colossal squid!

Cuba Street
Enjoy a really good cup of coffee in the bohemian surroundings of Cuba Street, followed by a browse through the eclectic mix of boutiques, music shops and art galleries.

The Weta Cave
NZ is often used as a movie backdrop for its stunning landscapes, but Peter Jackson and his ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy really put NZ on the international film industry map. Families and film buffs of all ages can now visit the Weta Cave, showing film clips, props and displays from the magical Weta Workshop movies…and maybe see someone famous!

Head’s top tip

Jennifer Orr:
“Join the celebrations and crowds in the city during the International Rugby World Sevens Tournament held over the first weekend in February. You will witness NZ’s rugby mad culture and experience the contagious enthusiasm with supporters from all over the world as they dress up and support their teams. From Buzz Lightyear to Aliens and Transformers everyone is welcome!”

For more inspiration head over to wellingtonnz.com

Wellington Cable CarCastlepointWellington Rugby Stadium