Dramatically positioned on a wind whipped peninsula, and spread across hills and a craggy shore - on a major fault line - Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city. It’s not the largest city by size, but it does house many of the national museums and arts organisations, and has a very decent range of bars, cafes and restaurants. There’s less choice when it comes to the best places to stay in Wellington, but the choices are certainly appealing.
Wellington is a great place to fly into, because the stunning location gives a taster of what you can expect from the rest of New Zealand. Despite its small size it’s still a vibrant city, and just outside the urban area there are a myriad of walking and biking trails, and you’re within a few hours drive of some fantastic wineries and vineyards.
Like Auckland, Wellington has been shaped by repeated volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, including a huge earthquake in 1855; you can still see remnants of its devastation. The ring of hills surrounding the harbour mark the fault line, and locals experience fairly regular minor tremors - and the architecture is built accordingly!
Unlike Auckland, Wellington has a great public transport system, but the centre of town is very pedestrian friendly, and easily traversed. Some of its highlights include:
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Wellington, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively take a look at all our North Island recommendations.
Chic hotel in Wellington, with contemporary local art in private rooms and public spaces and boutique shop selling artwork. Rooms are minimal and funky, with comfy beds and armchairs. Access to swimming pool, spa and gym.
Wellington (Palliser Bay)
Fabulous lodge overlooking Palliser Bay. Rooms have marble bathrooms, underfloor heating and plastered walls. Indoor pool, spa, garden and gym. Off the beaten track in secluded spot, loads of activities, ideal for hideaways and romantic breaks.