The city boasts a stunning harbour
New Zealand’s arts and culture capital
Surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline, the city boasts a stunning harbour. Wellington’s charm is that it serves up a vibrant inner-city experience with a slice of New Zealand scenery. And because of its compact nature, you can sample it all - boutique shopping, art galleries, trendy cafes and restaurants. Right on its doorstep is a network of walking and biking trails with beautiful wineries and vineyards just a few hours away.
Wellington is a city that brims with energy and vitality, it offers an almost overwhelming array of theatre, music, dance, fine arts and galleries and museums.
It is easy to get around the central city on foot, as is very compact and pedestrian-friendly.
Kelburn Cable Car climbs from the waterfront to Kelburn in under four minutes. From the top there are stunning views of the city and harbour.
Museum of Wellington, City and Sea features a large-scale model of the harbour including model ships and other maritime memorabilia.
National Museum and Art Gallery (Te Papa) opened in February 1998, and is a wonderful way to discover this country, its land, its people and its culture. Using an exciting combination of interactive displays and leading technology, Te Papa will entertain and inform its visitors.
For a spectacular overview of the city and harbour, ride the cable car from Lambton Quay (behind the downtown shops) up to the hilltop district of Kelburn. The cars move along a cable in the ground, not in the air. You can ride down (NZD$4 one way).
A wide range of shops, boutiques and department stores flank a mile-long thoroughfare, extending from Lambton Quay south to Courtenay Place. From crafts to clothing, hand knits to antiques, you will find plenty to shop for in this cosmopolitan city.
The New Zealand dollar is used in New Zealand. A few traders do accept foreign currency, particularly in tourist destinations.