Wellington

At the bottom of the world on a sparkling harbour is Wellington: a little city with a big heart. Visit the city at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island and discover why Financial Times ranked Wellington the best city in the world for quality of living in 2017. Wellington is famous for its creative energy, culture, history, nature and cuisine. Home to half a million people, Wellington is a region of innovation, diversity and creativity. The region is known as the country’s cultural heart, with more than 55 art galleries plus interactive national museum Te Papa and the national orchestra, ballet and opera. Wellington’s Oscar-winning film industry opens its doors to visitors to go behind the scenes and experience movie-making magic at Weta Studio Tours.

Wellington was recently named the best beer destination in Oceania by Lonely Planet. The city’s long-established coffee culture can be experienced on every corner of the compact central city. Wellingtonians are masters of casual dining, with plenty of great restaurants, night markets and food trucks – the city is said to have more eateries per capita than New York. Wellington is nestled between two world-class wine regions – Wairarapa and Marlborough – so the perfect wine match can be found for any dish. Wellington is also located at the centre of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail – this self-drive touring route makes it easy to taste your way around New Zealand’s celebrated wineries. With a compact central city, it’s easy to walk from one side of Wellington to the other in less than 20 minutes. And you’re never far from the great outdoors in Wellington –  the city is nestled between a bush-clad hills and a lively waterfront dotted with parks, cafes, sculpture and playgrounds. For active visitors, there are many walking and mountain biking tracks to choose from close to the city. Explore the whole region on two wheels along the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, which covers Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Kāpiti Island and ZEALANDIA eco-sanctuary are also close by, and both offer a rare chance to see kiwi and other native birds in their natural habitat.