Wellington, New Zealand's cultural and political capital, provides many options for both the short- and long-stay Interislander traveller. A compact city, Wellington's many shops and cafés are easily explored on foot and at your leisure.
Whether you prefer boutique shopping, or the comfort and range of traditional department stores, Wellington provides a myriad of shopping options.
Food & Drink
Wellington offers food options to satisfy a wide range of tastes and appetites. Famous for its café culture and its coffee, menus offer choices which span the globe, from Asia to France. Wellington has a gourmet opportunity around every corner.
Lord of the Rings
Wellington is the home of New Zealand film-making, with its most famous local production being, of course, The Lord of Rings trilogy. You can visit scene locations within and around the city, and even the Weta workshop, where the magic was created.
Arts and Culture
Wellington boasts many theatres, art galleries and professional show pieces, such as the St James Opera house. The acclaimed national museum, Te Papa, sits proudly on the waterfront.
From walking tours, to personally guided tours, options exist to meet all budgets.
Just an hour's drive from Wellington is the small and beautiful wine region of Wairarapa. Enjoy Martinborough's warm micro-climate and sample some of the world's top pinot noir wines as you walk or bus between its picturesque vineyards.