In the city
Once in the city, navigating your way around Wellington is a breeze. The capital is a treasure trove of venues, restaurants, boutiques, markets, galleries, cafes and bars. The city’s compact size, just two kilometres in diameter, means that everything is within easy walking distance.
Wellington is celebrated as the country’s cultural and creative hub. From street art to coffee, live music to theatre, Wellington is brimming with sights, smells and sounds to delight all visitors. We're said to have more bars, restaurants and cafes per capita than New York and most are handily located within the 2 km central business district. It's safe to say Wellingtonians like their food, and they like it good. Our restaurants have taken out the country’s ultimate cuisine prize time after time so New Zealand’s capital of cool will be a culinary heaven if you're looking to experience great food and service Kiwi-style!
Wellington is a magnet for creative thinkers and is widely regarded as New Zealand’s arts and culture capital. There’s public art ranging from the Imperial to the wackily irreverent, fabulous and funky boutiques and a choice of live entertainment on pretty much every night. If you've over-indulged and need to walk it off you’re also in luck. Wellington is a capital city right on nature’s doorstep, with a peaceful walk through native bush or along a vibrant harbour waterfront. Get your culture fix visiting the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Parliament Buildings or one of the region’s many boutique museums. Or maybe just kick off your shoes and sit on Oriental Bay's golden sands with a primo espresso.
Hit the hills and break a sweat
Ever taken your running shoes to a conference but never made it to the gym? In Wellington you can exercise and see the sights at the same time. A hike up Mount Victoria for panoramic views of the city, or a stroll through the Botanic Garden are just a few minutes’ walk away from the inner city hotels. For an instant hit of New Zealand's unique native bird and forest life take a 5 minute drive to Zealandia - a square-mile of wildlife sanctuary protected by a pest-proof fence in the heart of the city. If you want to change it up a gear try walking one of the network of popular trails running around the city which offer panoramic views of wild coastlines and the city. Road and mountain bikers are well catered for too with great on and off-road terrain to explore.