The national museum of New Zealand features five floors of interactive exhibits and offers an insight into everything from natural history to Maori culture and European immigration. Don’t miss ‘bush city’ – the museum’s urban rain forest full of native plants and wildlife. The museum is recognized as a world leader of interactive and innovative museum experiences.
Discover some of New Zealand’s rarest native wildlife just ten minutes from downtown Wellington, in a unique sanctuary where native bush is being restored and endangered species are breeding once again. Visitors can roam freely inside the sanctuary or take advantage of guided day or nighttime tours.
Join a full or half day tour by Flat Earth Tours and visit the locations used during filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. At this tour you get the chance to explore locations such as Rivendell, where Frodo recovers from his knife attack, the Anduin River, and the Gardens of Isengard, to name a few. This is a must for any "Lord of the Rings" fan.
Enjoy a great tour where you get the chance to explore the wildlife and admire fabulous scenery. The tour includes breathtaking views of Wellington city, seal safari, coffee break, four wheel driving on the beach in Sealmobiles and much more. Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre is the pick-up point, where you will meet your guide.
Old St Paul's is an attractive old wooden church and is a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture. The interior is enhanced by splendid stained glass windows and is one of New Zealand's most important historic places. You can also join a guided tour and listen to interesting stories of the church.
Stroll around and admire beautiful plants and flowers at Wellington Botanic Garden. It has a huge range of plant species from all around the world and the Begonia House covers tropical and seasonal displays of orchids, tuberous begonias, cyclamen, ornamentals and others. If you are hungry or thirsty, head over to the Rose Garden Café where you can have lunch.
Mount Victoria is a beautiful place for a nature hike; so beautiful, in fact, that it has been used as filming ground for some scenes of the Lord if the Rings movie. Expect stunning, birds-eye views over the city and bay. Come at night when the city lights glimmer in the distance and savour the moment.
Multi-award winning restaurant, Logan Brown is fine dining New Zealand style. It is known locally for a signature dish of Paua Ravioli. From the a la carte menu you can also choose dishes such as snapper with tuatua fritters, seven spiced duck or desserts like earl grey brulee.
The restaurant opened its doors in 1983 and ever since then it has been a favorite Indian restaurant among locals and tourist alike. Mouth-watering dishes are served such as rogan josh, lamb vindaloo and butter chicken. There is also a fine selection of New Zealand and international wines to choose from.
At this sophisticated ambiance you can relish Vietnamese cuisine. The attentive staff serves well-presented food with many diverse flavours. The menu offers tasty dishes such as Saigon lemongrass beef salad with crispy spring rolls and Saigon grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves.
When entering in Dakota you will be transported to a time when cowboys and Dakota natives wandered the grasslands. Hosting different activities on different nights of the week, including line dancing, poker and mechanical bull riding, you will never find this vibrant place boring.
Wellington International Airport is located 8 km or a 20 minutes drive from the city centre. Wellington is less than one hour’s flight from anywhere in New Zealand, and Pacific Blue covers most major cities domestically with flights to Australia and the South Pacific. A number of shuttle operators provide a regular half-hourly or hourly shuttle bus service between the airport and the Wellington Railway Station. They operate on demand, or you can book in advance to have them waiting for you at Wellington Airport. There are always a couple of shuttles waiting at the departure exits of the airport. They assist you with your luggage, and offer a friendly door-to-door service throughout Wellington city. Wellington Combined Shuttles Ltd www.co-opshuttles.co.nz +64 4 387 8787 The Airport Flyer Bus is also available: it's an express bus service that runs from Wellington International Airport to the centre of Wellington, on to Queensgate - Lower Hutt. It runs at least once every 20 minutes, every day between the Airport and Lower Hutt. www.metlink.org.nz +64 800 801 700
Citizens of Australia and the UK, as well as visa waiver countries, do not need to apply for a visa for short visitor stays, but may need to produce documented proof of onward travel. Visa waiver countries include the USA and multiple countries across Europe and Asia, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vatican City. Citizens of other countries will need to apply for a visa in advance, which can be done online for solo travellers and in paper format for those travelling with a partner or as a group. The applicant’s passport validity in this case will need to last 3 months after the planned departure date.
According to many, the best time to visit Wellington is the end of the summer, around February and March, when the city becomes less crowded and the weather more predictable. You will still be able to enjoy New Zealand's superb nature, but you'll also find more interesting events than in summer - and the clearer skies will probably offer you the best sunsets of the year. Summer lasts from December to February, and is the most popular time to visit, attracting many families with children on school break. These are the hottest months (around 60 to 70ºF), but the weather can be unpredictable, with sudden strong winds: dressing in layers is recommended.
One of the best features of Wellington is its compact size. In half an hour, you can walk from the Railway Station, past Parliament Buildings, along Lambton Quay, past Cuba Street to Courtenay Place near Te Papa. Collect a map from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre and explore downtown Wellington for fashion, food, arts and all the main attractions. Or take a guided tour with Walk Wellington. Discover the history, the people and the places of Wellington with knowledgeable guides who know the capital’s hidden secrets. Go Wellington’s Flyer is an express bus service that travels between the airport, Wellington city, Queensgate, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. The Flyer only stops at the main stops, which makes travel faster and easier. Service runs every 30 minutes between 6.25am and 8.20pm (Monday to Friday) and regularly at the weekend. Go Wellington is the main public bus operator in Wellington city, running regular scheduled services between the city centre and suburbs. Buses operate every day from 7am–11pm on most routes. Individual tickets may be purchased from the bus driver, and discounted ten-trip tickets are also available.
Taxis can be hired from taxi ranks throughout the city, ordered over the telephone, or you can arrange collection at city hotels, the railway station or Ferry Terminals. Wellington International Airport is only 20 minutes drive from downtown Wellington. Wellington Combined Taxis: +64 4 384 4444 Kiwi Cabs Ltd +64 4 389 9999 Harbour City Taxis Ltd +64 4 388 8111