Welcome to Wellington
Wellington is New Zealand’s constitutional and cultural capital, but what’s rarely heard about is just how gosh darn pretty it is. Gorgeous hilltop lookouts hug the meandering harbour while sparkling waterfront promenades and Victorian timber architecture beg to be explored. Climb to the top of Mount Victoria (or, if you’re not feeling particularly Spartan, take the No. 20 bus most of the way up) for one of the most accessible panoramas of the city.
Another popular alternative to get up Mt Victoria is to take the Wellington Cable Car, which has been funnelling passengers for over a hundred years, entertaining them to views of the dramatic cityscape and the surrounding hills. A great way to escape the bustling city streets, this short ride from the city centre through the hillside terraced houses of Kelburn also gives you easy access to attractions such as the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Zealandia. So much more than just a collection of old things used to be owned by old people, the national museum of Te Papa is indubitably one of Wellington’s must-see attractions – its six floors of highly interactive exhibits and comprehensive collection of Māori artefacts make it one of those attractions that will have you walking out lighter in coin but heavier in knowledge.
And of course, for the movie buffs who can’t get enough of reel life wonders, there is the mind-blowing Weta Cave, where visitors can get a first hand look at how this Academy Award– winning special-effects company brought The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin and The Hobbit to life. The gamer geeks in us are lusting over the full-sized prop replicas from the worlds of Warcraft and The Lord Of The Rings.
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