Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, with 398,300 residents.
It is home to the National Archives, the National Art Gallery, the National Library, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, numerous theatres and two universities. Wellington has many notable buildings including the Government Building – one of the largest wooden buildings in the world. Wellington is movie director Peter Jackson’s hometown and many movies have been made in Wellington (e.g. The Hobbit).
Walk or take a bus from the city to the summit of Mount Victoria for a 360-degree panorama of Wellington. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. If you’re into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Try the visually stunning Makara Peak track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington’s waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top. A restored, historic cable car travels from downtown Wellington up to the Botanic Garden, where there are sweeping views of the city and harbour.
On the waterfront itself you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa is the innovative national museum and a world leader in interactive experiences. New Zealand’s history, art and people are showcased in fun and interesting exhibitions. Set on Wellington’s waterfront, Te Papa is the most visited museum in Australasia and entry is free for most exhibitions.