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WellingtonNew Zealand

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.

Wellington Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Wellington

Rydges Wellington
Rydges Wellington
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM424 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec

Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,183 reviews)

"Great view and very close to waterfront. Clean room & nice amenities"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2020

Rydges Wellington
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM336 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,170 reviews)

"Great location - really close to everything. Great bar and restaurant area. Excellent buffet breakfast. Room was a bit tired by clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Rydges Wellington Airport
Rydges Wellington Airport
4 out of 5
28 Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai, Wellington
The price is RM335 per night from 26 Dec to 27 Dec

Situated in Wellington, this luxury hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from The Weta Cave and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Wellington Zoo. Mount Victoria Lookout and Courtenay Place ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (725 reviews)

"Great location for if you’ve got an early morning flight"…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2020

Rydges Wellington Airport
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.

Vacation Rentals in Wellington

Boulcott Suites
Boulcott Suites
5 out of 5
The price is RM456 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in Te Aro, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Wellington Central Business District, Cuba Street Mall and Victoria University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,594 reviews)

"Great location and friendly, very helpful staff. The rooms are well equipped and the beds are comfortable. It is, however, well worth knowing that some rooms hear noise from nearby bars until late at weekends. Best to ask for a quiet room if you aren't going out yourself and need some decent sleep. ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2020

Boulcott Suites
Quest Wellington
Quest Wellington
4 out of 5
The price is RM247 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in the heart of Wellington, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and TSB Bank Arena. Te ...

4.2/5Very Good! (844 reviews)

"Very central reception staff were very helpful Would recommend that room had Sky"…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2020

Quest Wellington
Astelia Apartment Hotel
Astelia Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
156 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington
The price is RM399 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in Te Aro, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Wellington Central Business District and Cuba Street Mall. Wellington Waterfront and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,391 reviews)

"Had a great stay. Highly recommend this place. Central walking distance of Te Papa great restaurants and more."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

Astelia 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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Reviews of Wellington

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

Nice waterfront city and easily wakeable around town and waterfront

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

We loved it

5/5 - Excellent

Penny

17 Jan 2020

Great place to visit if you love waterfront scenery, activities and city vibes at the same time

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

The Te Papa museum is a must when visiting Wellington with a trip up the cable car (a return ticket 9 dollars) but the views are fantastic. Cuba street have independent shops and a vibrant night life.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Would liked to have more time here

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jan 2020

Fantastic capital, small, quirky, interesting, excellent museums and restaurants