Wellington and Surrounds

Once named by Lonely Planet the “coolest little capital” in the world, Wellington is a compact urban oasis. Surrounded by a stunning corkscrew bay, the city is the embarkation point for the ferry to the South Island. Stay in town for fine dining, theater and hikes to Lord of the Rings sites in the hills above town.

Venture on a foodie tour where you meet local culinary personalities. Take in Te Papa, one of the world’s great (and hands-on fun) museums, or Zealandia, a wildlife sanctuary designed to be the way the islands were before human contact. See exotic, endangered birds in the wild on the Kapiti Island Bird Sanctuary. Visit Martinborough on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Or just order a flat white (trust us, they’re good) at one of Wellington’s fabulous cafes.

Top Activities in Wellington, NZ:

Cafes and the arts
Te Papa national museum
Strolls along the waterfront