Wellington is world-famous for its breathtaking natural scenery, as showcased in such films as King Kong, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Avatar. But New Zealand’s capital city is also a bastion of art and culture with a host of museums, galleries, theaters, and festivals. Nestled between rolling hills and the beautiful Wellington Harbour, the city has a spectacular skyline that will leave you in awe from your Wellington hotel.
Explore the city on foot from your hotel in Wellington around Lambton Quay and The Terrace, or hop on the iconic Wellington Cable Car that runs to the top of Upland Road, where you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the city from the Mount Victoria Lookout, Carter Observatory, the Planetarium ,and Cable Car Museum. Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, walks you through the country’s history with bold and interactive exhibits, and during a visit to ZEALANDIA you might just be able to spot a Tuatara, the closest living relative to a dinosaur. Also, movie fans shouldn't miss Weta Cave, the mini-museum and workshop of director Peter Jackson.
For the budget-conscious traveler, Wellington cheap hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts abound throughout the city, especially around Waterloo and Mulgrave streets. From there, walk around the wharf district and get a personal history lesson on the city's maritime legacy. The neighborhood also teems with great pubs, perfect for grabbing a pint or two and chatting up the locals.