Wellington - the home of coffee, culture, and cinema
The "coolest little capital" is home to under half a million people and a surprising number of excellent cafes, bars, and restaurants. The compact CBD is a great place for strolling to find your next bite or brew to sample.
Wellington also draws plenty of film buffs for it's role in the Lord of the Rings movies, mountain bikers for the excellent trails easily accessible from town, and culture cravers looking to explore our centre of government and National Museum.
at a glance
Best known for
as the home to NZ's government
Did you know
there are more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita here than New York City!
Don't leave without
seeing the view from Mount Victoria
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When: Dec 5 to Dec 13, 12:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: Riverbank St, Ebdentown, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Riverbank Park, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
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Where: 107 Cable St, Wellington
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YHA Wellington is one of the best-located backpacker hostels in town, complete with two kitchens, vibrant communal spaces, and a large range or rooms.
This charming heritage backpacker hostel offers an opportunity to experience the luxury of early New Zealand, combined with well-kept, modern facilities.
A family-owned backpacker hostel, YHA Picton The Villa has everything on its doorstep; diving, kayaking, walks, or of course, a ferry ride to the North Island.