New Zealand is known as the “Land of the Long White Cloud” to its native Maori people, and Wellington is its cultural, political, and culinary capital. In fact, Wellington is the southernmost capital in the entire world. This compact city is trendy, creative, and begging to be explored.
Wellington tourism is diverse; fresh ocean winds blow off the Cook Strait and invite you to kayak in the harbor or explore the beach. The compact city center is replete with street art and museums and imbued with creativity. Many Wellington tours begin with a cup of coffee at a downtown café. Once your eyes are open, take a walking tour of the area and observe the eclectic architecture, including the Parliament building and its beehive-shaped executive wing.
Next, ride a historic Wellington cable car from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Garden. Make your way back down on foot, weaving through the gardens on scenic paths. For a look at the history of this South Pacific capital, go to Te Papa National Museum, which outlines the country’s cultural heritage.
Cap off your day of Wellington sightseeing with a locally brewed beer on the wharf and enjoy some fine dining at one of the many cozy city center restaurants.
What do you look forward to doing most in Wellington?