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

Travelodge Hotel Wellington
Travelodge Hotel Wellington
4 out of 5
2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
The price is Rs6,617 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
Located in Wellington CBD, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station). TSB ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Difficult access to hotel. Taxi wasn't even aware."

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2022

Travelodge Hotel Wellington
Rydges Wellington
Rydges Wellington
4.5 out of 5
75 Featherston St, Wellington
The price is Rs6,925 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Pipitea, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Lambton Quay and Sky Stadium are also ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"Rydges Wellington was great for our 2 night stay ...room was good and so was the breakfast"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2022

Rydges Wellington
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
4.5 out of 5
147 The Terrace, Wellington
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs6,917 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory and Te Papa (Museum of ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"A very nice hotel in an excellent location. I was pleasantly surprised that - unlike other hotels in Wellington - the parking was readily available, and not cramped."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
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.
Quest Wellington
Quest Wellington
4 out of 5
Quest Wellington 33 Hunter St, Wellington
The price is Rs4,742 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Located in Wellington CBD, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lambton Quay and Wellington Waterfront. Victoria University of Wellington and Te Papa ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (960 reviews)
"Would have been nice to have the smaller touches in the room that make you feel cared such as tooth paste, tissues etc. but overall the stay was good."

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2022

Quest Wellington
Boulcott Suites
Boulcott Suites
5 out of 5
5 O'Reily Ave, Wellington
The price is Rs8,396 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Te Aro, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Wellington Central Business District and Victoria University of Wellington. Cuba ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,683 reviews)
"Lovely two bedroom, two bathroom apartment. The kitchen has everything one could need and the lounge area was comfortable. A second hairdryer would have been useful in the bathroom. There were some noisy guests on the night of our stay but that's not Boulcotts fault. Will stay again."

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2022

Boulcott Suites
Quest Atrium Serviced Apartments
Quest Atrium Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
154 The Terrace, Wellington
The price is Rs5,873 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Located in Wellington CBD, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Beehive, Carter Observatory and St Paul's Cathedral. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,230 reviews)
"Super nice room. Very clean with everything you need if you were having a long stay."

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2022

Quest Atrium Serviced Apartments
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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