Called the world's 'coolest little capital' Wellington is known for its vibrant arts scene, world class café and restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle.

Nestled between a stunning natural harbour on the southern coast of the North Island and the forested hills of the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges, Wellington is not only the country´s political center, it is also its cultural center – home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Te Papa, New Zealand´s bold, innovative national museum.

Good views of the city and harbour are available from the lookout at the top of Mt Victoria, or from the top cable car terminal. Very much part of the character of the city, the cable car is a must do attraction and links nicely with the Botanic Gardens and the Carter Observatory.

The waterfront has been transformed into a graceful promenade, with shops, cafes and restaurants. Visitors wanting to enjoy coastal scenery within the city should drive along the City Marine Drive – from Oriental Bay, to the seal colony at Red Rocks.

Wellington, affectionately known as the Middle of Middle-earth. This is the city where the magic of movie-making comes to life. Explore the film locations across the region and get to know our world class screen industry for yourself.



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