Wellington – New Zealand

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand is a lovable city with a welcoming atmosphere for tourists. New Zealand is abundant in natural wonders. The city itself is a beauty on its own with its rugged coastline and majestic harbour. What is hard to imagine is the perfect harmony of Wellington’s surrounding nature with the city itself. The sight of big towering buildings are everywhere, historic structures with its tall pillars, hundreds of shops and restaurants and tall residential buildings are sure to awe anyone. It would be interesting to know that the history of New Zealand dates back even before the Age Colonization during the time of the Maoris. The Maoris’ are of Polynesian descent with their very own rich culture and tradition. The trademark of the Maori tribe has been well preserved through arts and culture in the City of Wellington.

A ride at Wellington Cable Car is an enjoyable experience as you travel from Lambton Quay to Kelburn suburb. Oriental Parade suburb is the perfect place to view the harbour at it is situated by the shoreline. It has its own, man made beach offering a panoramic view of the city. Cape Palliser Lighthouse is an attractive structure at the south eastern tip of North Island with its red and white stripes. Frank Kitts Park is a place to have a stroll. Wellington Botanical Garden is perfect for nature trekkers and plant enthusiasts. The Majestic Center is the city’s tallest building at 116 meters. Futuna Chapel is a Historic Site in Karori suburbs. Oriental Bay is one of Wellington’s best beaches. The Karori Wildlife Sanctuary is home to native birds and wildlife. The architecture of The New Zealand Parliament House is simply one of a kind. Among the city’s best attraction is Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the pioneer of interactive museums. Those who would like a good view of the city must head to higher vantage points such as Mount Victoria, Mount Kaukau or at Brooklyn Wind Turbine. Walking around the city is a pleasure. As you go around, you might notice the statues of Richard John Seddon,  John Ballance and Peter Fraser, who all played a part in New Zealand History. Not to forget the Wellington Memorial which features the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley. Commuting is also a good option, anywhere you go in Wellington, there would be a nearby bus station, train station or a take a Wellington Ferry. Tranz Metro owns almost all of the railway station buildings aside from Waterloo, Wellington and Petone.

The Wellington Airport is Stewart Duff Drive in Rongotai. Be ready with your jackets even though 0°C temperature is rare even during winter, it may not be too cold but a lot of wind would be chilly for sure. Wellington wouldn’t be known as Windy City for nothing. Exploring the outskirts of the city is recommended. Lower Hutt, north east of Wellington is about 15 minutes drive. It is perfect for those who like hiking and biking. TheNewDowse Museum, cafes and shops here are worth a visit. Upper Hutt is an outdoor destination that is paradise to any golfer with its picturesque views. Porirua has a cultural setting by the coast. Pataka Museum is a place to be for those who want a historical background of New Zealand. Nature Coast is a place to taste local produce like cheese, milk and chocolates. The nearby Kapiti Island is home to rare bird species. Greytown in Wairapapa is the place to get souvenirs with its craft and antique shops. Also in Wairapapa is Martinborough where one can try native wine and gourmet dishes.

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