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About Wellington

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. Recently dubbed 'The Coolest Little Capital in the World', it's unsurprising that the best places to stay in Wellington are in high demand.

Where to Stay

If you’re looking for somewhere lively to stay Te Aro might be one of the best places to stay in Wellington. It’s only about half a mile from the centre of town, there are loads of great places to eat and drink, it’s got eclectic Cuba Street and, rather surprisingly, an 160-year-old-p? - which is a Maori fort. If you want to be close to the water then consider Miramar, a lovely beach-side suburb just to the south of the city centre, or Oriental Bay, which is right on Wellington Harbour and is perfect for anyone who wants to swim, or dine late by the waterfront. Eastbourne, an outer suburb in the Lower Hutt area, is great for sheltered beaches if you’re really here for the water.

The graceful suburb of Kelburn is where you’ll find Wellington’’s priciest homes, the Carter Observatory and the Botanical Gardens. It’s leafy and the views are some of the best in the city. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you might be tempted to stay in Mount Victoria. It’s quite residential, but it’s also close to the centre of town, and so green that its forests were used by Peter Jackson as the Hobbiton Woods.

What Not To Miss

Popularly known as New Zealand's culture capital, what Wellington lacks in size, it more than makes up for in culture - housing national museums, galleries and theatres aplenty and for those visiting Wellington purely to see its sights, we'd recommend booking a hotel in the centre of town.

However, this historic city also has a vibrant edge beyond it's plentiful bars and restaurants, with regular festivals celebrating the best that New Zealand has to offer. Thrillseekers, fear not, as the city makes use of the surrounding mountains and sea to provide exceptional outdoor opportunities - in which case you might prefer to stay just outside of Wellington with ease of access to both worlds.

  • Wellington's plethora of museums including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand's national museum.
  • Get the best views of the city and dramatic scenery with the Wellington Cable Car rising 120m above the city to ensure unforgettable panoramic moments above the nation's capital - you can even enjoy the view with a local New Zealand craft beer available at the top.
  • Explore 'Wellywood'. With scenes from Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and King Kong having been shot in and around Wellington, the nickname is a fitting one. Film fans are able to explore Peter Jackson's Weta Cave, allowing unparalleled access to exclusive props and costumes along with industry secrets behind movie magic.
  • Take a guided tour of New Zealand's iconic parliament building, 'The Beehive', and learn about the parliamentary process.

Don't wait too long to book a place in the World's Coolest Little Capital, as the best places to stay in Wellington are likely to get snapped up quickly.

For Te Aro

  • Museum Art Hotel is a chic hotel in Wellington, with contemporary local art in private rooms and public spaces and a boutique selling artwork. Rooms are minimal and funky, with comfy beds and armchairs. Access to swimming pool, spa and gym.

For Oriental Bay

  • Ohtel is a design hotel on Wellington's seafront promenade. Exhibiting a strong Fifties and Sixties influence - rooms are scattered with chic furniture and have a sophisticated feel. But with only ten bedrooms, the place feels intimate and welcoming.

Chic and Central

  • Ohtel is a design hotel on Wellington's seafront promenade. Exhibiting a strong Fifties and Sixties influence - rooms are scattered with chic furniture and have a sophisticated feel. But with only ten bedrooms, the place feels intimate and welcoming.
  • Museum Art Hotel is a chic hotel in Wellington, with contemporary local art in private rooms and public spaces and a boutique selling artwork. Rooms are minimal and funky, with comfy beds and armchairs. Access to swimming pool, spa and gym.

Luxurious Getaway just outside the city

  • Wharekauhau Country Estate offers a fabulous lodge overlooking Palliser Bay. Rooms have marble bathrooms and underfloor heating plus there's an indoor pool, spa, garden and gym. Located in a secluded spot, with loads of activities on the doorstep.Ideal for hideaways and romantic breaks.

For An Apartment

  • If you'd rather book your own space, visit our online partner, Booking.com for a range of apartments throughout the city

Travel Information

  • Fly to Wellington Airport, situated only 7km from the city centre
  • Rail New Zealand offers many scenic train routes in and out of Wellington including routes to the rest of the North Island, including Auckland
  • New Zealand is especially well connected by bus services, with the most popular bus network being InterCity.
  • Explore the stunning Cook Strait between the North and South Islands with Interislander ferries
  • If you want to rent a car to explore more of the dramatic country beyond Wellington, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • With the huge of variety of activities both in and around Wellington, it really is a year-round city. However the warmest weather is from September-April.

Still Not Sure Where To Book?

    Best Hotels in Wellington

    • Ohtel 10 rooms from $301

      Wellington

      A boutique, design hotel on Wellington's seafront promenade. Strong Fifties and Sixties influence - rooms are scattered with chic furniture and have a sophisticated feel. With only ten bedrooms, the place feels intimate and welcoming. Popular communal dining evenings and good local knowledge.

      City Style  -  Traditional craftsmanship meets sleek modern design in this sophisticated Wellington boutique in the exclusive Oriental Bay.
      Local exploring  -  Ideal location, overlooking Chaffers Marina, within walking distance of the main cultural attractions, bars and restaurants.
      Great walks  -  Head down to the nearby beach for an evening stroll.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    • Wharekauhau Country Estate 5 rooms from $1163

      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.

      Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
      Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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    • Museum Art Hotel 161 rooms from $171

      Wellington

      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.

      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Spa
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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