Wellington Travel Guide
Wellington is known at the political, arts and culture capital of New Zealand that combines the best of city and rural life. Wellington is located on the southern end of the North Island the boasts a deep art scene, lively nightlife, fine dining restaurants trendy cafes and chic fashion stores. A short drive from Wellington's city centre you will discover some of New Zealand's finest wineries and vineyards. Explore the well planned walking and biking trails that make a wonderful holiday destination for a family holiday or romantic getaway.
Due to Wellingtons location and orientation, temperatures are generally temperate to cool throughout the year. The summer months from December to February experience average daily highs of 24°C but rarely exceeds 30°C. However, you can expect some hot days so don't forget to pack a hat and sunscreen.
During the winter months, be sure to pack a water and wind proof jacket and be prepared for cooler conditions, winds and the odd frost. Temperatures in winter range from 10°C to 14°C
Families are well catered for in Wellington. There are plenty family'accommodation options from affordable hotels to popular even self contained apartments which are perfect for longer stays with a little more privacy. For singles and couples the accommodation options are endless, from budget hostels to 5 star luxury. Cheapest deals will be found at backpacker hostels in the heart of Wellington. Five star hotels that will ensure your stay in Wellington is luxurious and comfortable whether for business or pleasure.
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Getting around in Wellington
Wellington airport is located 15km from the city centre, about 30 mins drive in traffic. There are always plenty of taxis at the terminal building, as well as car rental companies. To avoid disappointment pre-book your car hire online with Webjet to compare rates and rental companies to save time and money.
Walking in Wellington
Wellington is a city perfect for exploring on foot. It is a compact city and walking tours of Wellington are the best way to discover the city's ins and outs. As a general guide, a two hour walk beginning from Civic Square will give you plenty of time to see Wellington's harbour, Parliament, the Old Government Buildings and the Old Bank Shopping Arcade.
Public Transport in Wellington
Public transport in the form of trains, buses and ferries are all managed under Metlink in Wellington. There are regular timetables for trains, buses and ferries, making it easy to travel to all areas of greater Wellington at affordable prices.
Wellington Attractions & Sightseeing
Lord of the Rings Tours in Wellington
Wellington has been a popular tourist attraction for film and fantasy enthusiasts since the filming of Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings film trilogy. While sets from the actual movies no longer exist, the tours of Middle Earth are still astounding and well informed tour guides can provide you with secrets about the making of the films.
Te Papa Museum - Wellington
Te Papa is famous for its interactive displays and houses a great collection of New Zealand's geology as well as amazing stories from New Zealand's indigenous Māori people. Entry is free to the permanent exhibition, but for some short term exhibitions and activities, charges do apply. Expect to see great displays of New Zealand's art, culture alongside entertaining events such as performances, talks, lectures and more.
Get up up close and personal with some of New Zealand's best native animals at Wellington Zoo . You can book a close encounter with a cheetah, big cat, giraffe or red panda, or for something truly special, you can even sleepover at the zoo. Wellington Zoo is an ideal tourist attraction for famalies or couples visitng Wellington!
For those travellers who enjoy the outdoors, there are many opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and four wheel driving on Wellington's harbour and hills. Lyall Bay is a popular spot for surfers and Makara Peak is a must-do for any mountain biking enthusiast. For a 4WD adventure, a drive down to Wellington's south coast to see the native fur seals is perfect for families.
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