Perched on the North Island's southernmost point, Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. Nicknamed "Windy Wellington" due to the winds that come off the Cook Strait, this compact city encompasses a working harbour, a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches and colourful timber houses on the surrounding hills.
Catch the Cable Car ride up to Kilburn and savour the 360 degree panoramic views of Wellington. While you are there stop by the Cable Car Museum and Carter Observatory and see the state of the art digital planetarium.
Te Papa is an innovative national museum telling stories of New Zealand’s unique biological, cultural and social history. Leave yourself plenty of time to explore Te Papa which is a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused experiences. Cuba Street is a bohemian haven for hipsters, artists and lovers of vintage. Street entertainers will serenade you while you browse through the colourful shops, bars and cafes, and don’t miss the Bucket Fountain. A visit to Wellington would be incomplete without a guided tour through the Beehive and Parliament Buildings, especially interesting when Parliament is in session and you can witness the intellectual sparring on the front benches.