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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. As you'd expect in a capital city, there's a wide range of accommodation options from hostels to high end, but our selection focusses on the design led properties, plus we've found a luxury lodge outside the city overlooking Palliser Bay.

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 its 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 to ensure ease of access to both worlds.

Where to Stay - which neighbourhood?

  • 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, a 160-year-old 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.

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.

The best places to stay in Wellington

For Te Aro

  • QT Museum 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.

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

  • U Residence Hotel Wellington 13 rooms from £97

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the heart of the city, with most attractions reachable on foot.
    Families  -  With two-bedroom apartments available this is a perfect choice for families

    A boutique apartment hotel located in the heart of Wellington. Accommodation options vary from queen studios to two-bed apartments. The self-catering apartments are bright and contemporary and offer spectacular city views from their terraces. A convenient and well-priced city bolt-hole. See More

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  • Sofitel Wellington Wellington 129 rooms from £100

    City Style  -  A luxury offering bringing some French art de vivre to New Zealand's capital
    Great walks  -  Take a leisurely stroll through Wellington Botanical Gardens

    The Sofitel Wellington offers easy elegance and style in the heart of the city. Rooms have all the luxury trimmings with rain showers, BOSE sound systems and espresso machines. Boasting no less than two sophisticated restaurants. A stylish city base. See More

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  • QT Museum Wellington (Te Aro) 163 rooms from £145

    City Style  -  This creative hub is the epitome of cool luxury – high tech, sophisticated spaces and a paradise for foodies
    Designer  -  An explosion of colour and texture at Wellington’s new design-driven hotel
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    With an emphasis on cool quirky design and curated artworks all over the walls, this riverside hotel is the latest in hip luxury. Has gourmet dining with stunning river views and a choice of trendy bars. It is just 8 minutes' walk from the beach and is opposite Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand). See More

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  • Ohtel Wellington 10 rooms from £231

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Wharekauhau Country Estate Wellington (Palliser Bay) 5 rooms from £893

    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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