Located on the southern tip of the Northern island of New Zealand, Wellington is the capital city of the country and the second largest in terms of population.
Jutting out into the Cook Strait and Wellington Harbor, the city is separated into a number of different districts, each of which brings an interesting cultural flair into the capital region as a whole.
The city serves as the terminus of many transportation lines from the Cook Strait Ferries, to the North Island Main Trunk Railway. The Wellington International Airport is just about four miles away.
Explore on Foot and via Cable Car
Wellington is an extremely walkable city, which makes it a perfect destination for those who love to wake up and head out the door to explore a city. With so much going on, it’s easy to spend an entire vacation wandering the streets and falling in love with the area. One of the most popular destinations for first time visitors is the Te Papa or the National Museum of New Zealand which gives a great overview of New Zealand and it’s social and cultural history.
Once a visitor has had enough walking for one day, the next best way to explore is via cable car. The Wellington Cable Car is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city and offers visitors a ride through a number of popular areas and attractions like the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum and Mount Victoria.
Hang with Locals on Cuba Street
To really get a feel for life as a Wellington (or Welly) local, head over to Cuba Street. Many consider this the true vibe of the city as the area is filled with laid back and bohemian style shops, boutiques and cafes. Don’t forget to hit up Fidel’s Cafe for some authentic Cuban coffee served with that famously friendly true New Zealand hospitality. Enjoy bars, music venues and plenty of people watching in this area of Wellington that will be sure to provide hours of fun and entertainment.