Wellington: The Coolest Little Capital

G’day mates! English Marie here. It’s a new year which means new travels!  Looking for a great place to visit?  Why not Wellington, New Zealand?  Deemed “The Coolest Little Capital” by Lonely Planet, Wellington is located on the North Island of New Zealand and filled with action packed adventure, as well as arts & culture, nature, and amazingly delicious food.  But don’t just take my word for it, check out some of our favorite things to do and see in Wellington!


I happen to be very outdoorsy, which is why Wellington (and New Zealand overall) is such a huge draw for me.  There is so much to do in the great outdoors of New Zealand, from hiking and sea kayaking to bungy jumping and my personal favorite, mountain biking.  Did you know New Zealand has some of the best mountain biking in the world?  Some of the best trails are found in the Wellington area.  Popular areas for hitting the trails include Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park, Mount Victoria, Te Kopahou Reserve, and loads more.  For a comprehensive list and interactive map, click here.  Not really into riding hills? No worries, there are loads of hiking trails suitable for all ranges of hikers, sea kayaking adventures and nature and wildlife reserves.


If you’re a foodie, Wellington is the best place to be.  Not only do Wellingtonians love food, they are also offer up the best in New Zealand.  To top it off, they’re huge craft beer drinkers and makers (they are of course, referred to as the Craft Beer Capital of New Zealand), as well as wine lovers!  This is the place to be if you love delicious cuisine.  From cafes and delicatessens to fancy restaurants and breweries, you’ll find your taste buds tantalized.  If you’re around  the weekend of 20 March 2015, make sure you enjoy the annual Wellington Food & Wine Festival.  This festival brings every scrumptious cafe, restaurant, brewery and winery to the waterfront, out in the sunshine.  Or if you’re in town 22 August 2015, you’ll be there just in time for Beervana.  The best of the best Craft Beer all in one spot.


Do you like Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit?  Wellington is the perfect place to geek out over your favorite movie.  Wellington and surrounds were home base for these movies, especially Mount Victoria.  The movie sites are easily accessible and are very hot attractions.  Many places offer tours, click here to learn more about one of our favorite Hobbiton tours.

Are you ready to start planning your New Zealand holiday?  Call us today and let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime! 312-951-8517, or check out some of our handcrafted New Zealand itineraries here.