Wellington

Travel Guide
Mount Victoria Lookout which includes a bay or harbour, night scenes and mountains
Referred to as the “coolest little capital in the world”, the capital city of New Zealand is rich in arts and culture, as well as a thriving movie scene.

According to Maori legend, Wellington Harbour was discovered by the explorer Kupe way back in AD 925. It was a further nine centuries before the earliest European visitors arrived to settle here, and from 1840, they started to arrive in large numbers. They named the settlement after the first Duke of Wellington and it was made the capital city of New Zealand in 1865. Today, it’s the southernmost capital on the planet. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by its large harbour set in a beautiful wooded landscape.

It has taken Wellington a while to fully establish itself as a tourist destination in its own right. In the past, the city was very much in the shadow of its bigger rival, Auckland, and was mostly used as a stopping point en route to the ferry to the South Island.

Today, visitors come to the city for its rich artistic and cultural scene, as well as its global reputation for movie making. Dubbed “Wellywood” by some visitors, Wellington is home to incredible sound stages, studios and special effects houses, which have made the city a major player in the international film industry. International blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar have been produced here.

When you arrive, head to the waterfront area and spend some time exploring the national museum of Te Papa, and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.

If the hustle and bustle of the town isn’t for you, or you want some quiet time, the ocean and the beautiful countryside are right on Wellington’s doorstep. Wander along some of the walking trails that take you through the hills, or relax at Oriental Bay Beach close to the town centre.

Another great way to take in the views is on the short eight-minute ride on the famous Wellington Cable Car. At the top of the hill, enjoy the Wellington Botanic Garden and the lookout at Kelburn, before boarding the free shuttle bus, which will whisk you off to Zealandia where you can explore the country as it once was prior to the arrival of settlers.

Wellington also boasts plenty of good restaurants, cafés, theatres and nightclubs. You’ll never be far away from your next adventure in this compact city.

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Where to stay in Wellington

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
3 out of 5
25 Vivian St, Wellington, Wellington, 6011
The price is AU$108 per night from 8 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Te Papa and Wellington Zoo are located nearby. Discover ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (34 reviews)
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Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2022

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
4.5 out of 5
147 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011
The price is AU$161 per night from 12 Aug. to 13 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
Perfect for a Central Wellington Stay
"Great place to stay - handy to most things, yet far enough away from the late night party area. Spacious room with modern and comfortable amenities. Only downside was the size of the TV - could be larger"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2022

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington
DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington
4.5 out of 5
Corner of Lambton Quay and Grey Street, 28 Grey Street, Wellington, NZ, 6011
The price is AU$179 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Wellington. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (766 reviews)
"Great central location, good size rooms and really clean."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gilmer Apartment Hotel
Gilmer Apartment Hotel
3.5 out of 5
10 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011
The price is AU$144 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (972 reviews)
"It was a great experience. would definitely stay here again"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2022

Gilmer Apartment Hotel
Boulcott Suites
Boulcott Suites
5 out of 5
5 O'Reily Ave, Wellington, 6011
The price is AU$183 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,740 reviews)
Great stay. great staff. great location
"Can't fault them. The staff were so helpful and friendly. Left an item behind they couriered it to us the next day. Location very good. Was a very good deal. Will definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

Boulcott Suites
Ramada by Wyndham Wellington Taranaki Street
Ramada by Wyndham Wellington Taranaki Street
4 out of 5
123 Taranaki Street, Wellington CBD, Wellington, 6011
The price is AU$146 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Wellington. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness centre and on-site parking. Popular attractions Te Papa and Wellington Zoo are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (82 reviews)
"Great location, a short walk to shopping and cafes. Good sized room and very comfy bed."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2022

Ramada by Wyndham Wellington Taranaki Street
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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