Wellington

Travel Guide
Mount Victoria Lookout featuring a bay or harbour, a city and mountains
Referred to as the “coolest little capital in the world”, the capital city of New Zealand is rich in arts and culture, as well as a thriving movie scene.

According to Maori legend, Wellington Harbour was discovered by the explorer Kupe way back in AD 925. It was a further nine centuries before the earliest European visitors arrived to settle here, and from 1840, they started to arrive in large numbers. They named the settlement after the first Duke of Wellington and it was made the capital city of New Zealand in 1865. Today, it’s the southernmost capital on the planet. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by its large harbour set in a beautiful wooded landscape.

It has taken Wellington a while to fully establish itself as a tourist destination in its own right. In the past, the city was very much in the shadow of its bigger rival, Auckland, and was mostly used as a stopping point en route to the ferry to the South Island.

Today, visitors come to the city for its rich artistic and cultural scene, as well as its global reputation for movie making. Dubbed “Wellywood” by some visitors, Wellington is home to incredible sound stages, studios and special effects houses, which have made the city a major player in the international film industry. International blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar have been produced here.

When you arrive, head to the waterfront area and spend some time exploring the national museum of Te Papa, and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.

If the hustle and bustle of the town isn’t for you, or you want some quiet time, the ocean and the beautiful countryside are right on Wellington’s doorstep. Wander along some of the walking trails that take you through the hills, or relax at Oriental Bay Beach close to the town centre.

Another great way to take in the views is on the short eight-minute ride on the famous Wellington Cable Car. At the top of the hill, enjoy the Wellington Botanic Garden and the lookout at Kelburn, before boarding the free shuttle bus, which will whisk you off to Zealandia where you can explore the country as it once was prior to the arrival of settlers.

Wellington also boasts plenty of good restaurants, cafés, theatres and nightclubs. You’ll never be far away from your next adventure in this compact city.

Where to stay in Wellington

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
3 out of 5
25 Vivian St, Wellington, Wellington, 6011
The price is Rs4,233 per night from 21 Jul to 22 Jul
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Te Papa and Wellington Zoo are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
"It was great! The shower was a little scary as the bottom was coming off but otherwise great"

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
4.5 out of 5
147 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011
The price is Rs7,226 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (967 reviews)
"Close to everything that we needed. Staff easy and polite to deal with, even when we extended our stay. Good view from the 25th floor. Great selection for the breakfast menu. What more do you need?"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2022

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Bolton Hotel
Bolton Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner of Bolton & Mowbray Streets, Wellington, 2094
The price is Rs8,508 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"Our suite was spacious and the staff were very helpful."

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Bolton Hotel
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Quest on Lambton
Quest on Lambton
3.5 out of 5
120 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011
The price is Rs7,129 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (591 reviews)
"Large room, equipped kitchen, central location."

Reviewed on 12 May 2022

Quest on Lambton
Boulcott Suites
Boulcott Suites
5 out of 5
5 O'Reily Ave, Wellington, 6011
The price is Rs8,680 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,711 reviews)
"Was a brilliant place to stay for a group. Great location so you can walk anywhere and townhouses are spacious, clean and tidy."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Boulcott Suites
Gilmer Apartment Hotel
Gilmer Apartment Hotel
3.5 out of 5
10 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011
The price is Rs7,927 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (963 reviews)
"Good location."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2022

Gilmer Apartment Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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