Wellington, New Zealand

North Island

Capital City of New Zealand

cable car wellington harbor

Reminds many of San Francisco

Wellington is the world's most southern capital and the only capital in the "Roaring Forties" latitudes. Wellington was the first Capital City to see in the new millennium. Nearly all Wellington residents are within 3 km of the sea. Wellington gets more sunshine than Auckland, Melbourne and London and less rain than Auckland and Sydney.

The owner of Keene Luxury Travel, Ngaire, grew up in this is the town, so she knows it very well. Many people think that Wellington harbor looks like San Francisco harbor without the bridge. Wellington is very hilly and is known as “Windy Wellington”. There are often strong southerly winds that come from Cook Strait, the sea between the South and the North Island. The entire harbor is a semicircle with developments and townships all the way around. A favorite drive is around Oriental bay that takes you around one of the areas of Wellington with the nicest homes.

Te Papa Tongarewa Museum

One of the newer main attractions is the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa that does cover the Maori history very well. The cafe at Te Papa is outstanding. The cafe is well worth a visit and be sure to try one of their delectable desserts.

Cable Car and Botanical Gardens

I would highly suggest a ride on the cable car to the botanical gardens. The cable car leaves from downtown and is used by the locals as a means of transportation so it is not just a tourist attraction. The Botanical Gardens at the top are really lovely and the views of the harbor are great. It can be windy at the top so I wish you a calm day but it is worth the trip. It only takes about 5 minutes at the most to get to the top.

Mount Victoria

This is also a great scenic overview. Most visitors to Wellington head up Mount Victoria. This is probably the best scenic overview of Wellington and the harbor.
Heading out of Wellington, you have to go quite a distance to get to other scenic areas. These are mostly the West Coast beaches frequented by locals on the weekends. This is a town that I would spend most of my time in the city proper and not worry about going further out into the country.

Lord of the Rings

Wellington was the main filming and production location for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This was shot in New Zealand between October 1999 and December 2000. Experience Middle Earth in all its diversity while you are in Wellington. Conservation and legal requirements mean no film sets from Lord of the Rings remain. However, there is still a lot of Middle Earth to see.

This is a suggestion itinerary to visit places of interest in Wellington.

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