At the Southern most tip of New Zealand’s North Island lies the lovely city of Wellington which was named the coolest capital city in the world by Lonely Planet. Situated between rolling green hills and a harbour that truly sparkles, the capital city of New Zealand is renowned for its beauty, culture and heritage. If you are planning on visiting this wonderful city then here is a guide of things to do.

Things to do

You could chill out at Oriental Bay which is an inner city beach that boasts golden sands. You can also visit some of the many art galleries, museums and theatre shows that Wellington is famous for. If you like spending time outdoors then there is tons to do, such as sea water kayaking, mountain biking or taking a leisurely stroll around the surrounding hills and harbour. You should check out the Makara Peak track which is truly stunning. Another trail is the City to Sea walk which will let you enjoy the best of what is on offer on the city’s waterfront. You should also take the cable car to Kelburn for some wonderful city views and some lovely ice cream.

A gourmet food experience

Wellington is a food lover’s delight with numerous restaurants, cafes and delicatessens. The city loves its fine wine and gourmet food and is commonly referred to as New Zealand’s culinary capital. Wellington is renowned for its great coffee, quirky cafes and award winning restaurants. If you want to find the good stuff, then head to Cuba Street or Courtenay Place.

The Tolkien Experience.

If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit you will love Wellington, which serves as home to director Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop. If you want to get a look behind the scenes at what goes into making a movie, you should pay a visit to Weta Cave. Wellington also serves as a great base to see all the “Middle Earth” scenery.

Close to Wellington

It is possible to visit the South Island by hopping on the inter-island ferry. The ferry ride runs three hours long and you can travel with our without your car. This daily service is easily one of the most spectacular ferry rides in the world. The ferries leave Wellington on a regular basis and passengers get to sail past some magnificent scenery before they dock at the picturesque town of Picton which lies at the very top of the South Island.