Wellington, at the bottom of the North Island, is New Zealand's capital city with Parliament Buildings, Corporate and Government offices. Wellington is also home to many Embassies and Consulates. This is a vibrant and energetic city with close packed high-rises in the CBD and traditional wooden bungalows in the suburbs. Extending just two kilometres in diameter, Wellington with its stunning scenery is a truly ‘walking city’ and the ultimate urban destination in New Zealand. It is famous for its shopping sensations, cafes, restaurants and night life. And for its culture - the Michael Fowler Centre, the Town Hall, the restored Embassy Theatre and Te Papa National Museum.
Multi-functional stadium, a world class venue seating 34,500 people. Sky Stadium has been purpose built to stage sporting events, concerts, cultural events, exhibitions and functions.
The National Museum of New Zealand. Te Papa tells the great stories of our land and people. Over 20 galleries house imaginative exhibitions that explore our natural environment, New Zealand history and art.
Wellington waterfront is a beautiful part of Wellington that is popular with Wellingtonians. Its harbour views and close proximity to the the city make it a favourite place for joggers, swimmers, sunbathers and cyclists. There is a large fountain 100 metres off-shore and a public swimming pool (the Freyburg).
Parliament Buildings consist of 3 main buildings - Parliament House in the centre, the Beehive (Executive Wing) on the left and Parliament Library on the right side. Take a tour of Parliament and explore key areas of the historic Parliament Buildings including: Parliament and Legislation chambers, the Grand Hall, the Maori Affairs Select Committee Room Maui Tikitiki A Taranga and view New Zealand multimedia artworks in the Galleria.
The thriving pub, theatre and restaurant scene centres around Courtney Place. Most venues are within walking distance of Courtney Place. During the day catch a bite to eat at one of the many funky cafes.
ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. The 225 hectare ecosanctuary is a ground-breaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, 6 of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.
The birthplace of Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp (1888-1923), who as Katherine Mansfield, became one of the world's best known short story writers and New Zealand's most famous writer. The house (built by her father in 1888) is restored and furnished in its original period of decoration with antique furniture and replicas of original wallpapers.
The Cathedral Church of St Paul was consecrated in 1866. It was designed in late Early English Gothic style by the Rev. Frederick Thatcher, noted for the churches he built in the North Island for Bishop Selwyn. This, his finest work, was built in native timbers: totara, matai, rimu and kauri.
The cable car runs past the university and Kelburn Park to the top of the Botanic Gardens where the many walks through the gardens begin, and where the planetarium and Carter Observatory are to be found. The view spans out over the city and right across the harbour from the Hutt Valley to Mount Victoria.