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Civic Square

Unwind in this public square, gaze at the capital's iconic buildings and public artworks, take a late-night walk or enjoy a coffee while people-watching.

In the centre of New Zealand's capital city is the open-air Wellington Civic Square. The iconic buildings, public sculptures and open spaces celebrate New Zealand’s arts, culture and lifestyle. Enjoy the square at all hours: During the day relax under the sun, admire the artworks, sit with a coffee or a bite to eat and watch the office workers as they go about their business. At night, unwind with the cool breeze from the sea on your skin and meander through the plaza among the illuminated sculptures.

The various public artworks in the square display aspects of New Zealand's natural landscape and Māori customs and folklore. In the centre of the plaza is one of the city’s most photographed sites: An impressive circular sculpture that appears to be floating over the square. The steel sculpture represents New Zealand's five native ferns.

Stroll through the open area to view the 15 sculptured palm trees, created from steel, cooper and zinc. Walk through the centre of Te Aho a Maui, an artwork known as the split pyramid. Observe that the sculpture is symbolic of a mountain that has been divided in two, where the walkway represents a fishing line that leads from the mountains to the sea.

There are a number of iconic buildings around the square to explore. Discover the architectural highlights of the Central Library and the historic Town Hall. Admire some of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art at the City Gallery and hear the New Zealand Orchestra play in the renowned Michael Fowler Centre.

Wellington Civic Square is an easy walk from anywhere in central Wellington. Situated between the Town Hall and City Gallery, it marks the border between the entertainment district in the south of the city and the financial district in the north. If you are walking to the square from the waterfront, take the City to Sea Bridge and admire this impressive art installation, which also functions as a pedestrian flyover.


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Rydges Wellington AU$172
Rydges Wellington

Rydges Wellington

75 Featherston St, Wellington
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Beehive and St Paul's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

    ibis Wellington AU$106
    ibis Wellington

    ibis Wellington

    153 Featherston St, Wellington
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Old Government Buildings and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      West Plaza Hotel AU$125
      West Plaza Hotel

      West Plaza Hotel

      110 Wakefield Street, Wellington
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Te Aro, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Wellington Town Hall, Michael Fowler Centre, and Civic Square. City Gallery Wellington and The Opera House are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor AU$129
        James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

        James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

        147 The Terrace, Wellington
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory, and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Old St Paul's and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          QT Wellington AU$191
          QT Wellington

          QT Wellington

          90 Cable Street, Wellington
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Waitangi Park, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            The Setup on Manners AU$85
            The Setup on Manners

            The Setup on Manners

            57, Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Te Aro, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps from The Opera House, Cuba Street Mall, and Wellington Central Business District. Civic Square and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay AU$145
              Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

              Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

              100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Oriental Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Parade, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Courtenay Place and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 24 minutes by foot.

                Novotel Wellington AU$145
                Novotel Wellington

                Novotel Wellington

                133 The Terrace, Wellington
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) and Wellington Central Business District. Beehive and Old Government Buildings are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.