Wellington, New Zealand

Set around a ravishing harbour, with wooden Victorian buildings overlooking steep verdant hills, the city effortlessly blends nature and tempting culture. Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson calls it home and 'Wellywood' is firmly established as the nation’s movie industry heartland, as well as playing host to New Zealand's parliament. Compact in size, it’s easy to get around and get a feel for why Wellington punches well above its weight.

When to go

The Windy City’s exposure to the Tasman Sea’s weather systems mean that winters can be harsh; temperatures range from 10C to 14C. But during the summer months from December to March temperatures are about 19C to 24C.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Wellington International Airport is a 15-minute drive from the city centre and less than an hour’s flight from anywhere else in New Zealand. Domestic carriers include Air New Zealand and Sounds Air; from Australia you can also pick up flights on Qantas.
  • Boats

    Ferries travel across the Cook Strait (between New Zealand's North and South Islands) and through the Marlborough Sounds up to nine times daily.
  • Trains

    Tranz Scenic runs the Overlander, which links Auckland and Wellington, taking in the spectacular Mount Ruapehu, river gorges and the world-famous Raurimu Spiral, a single-track railway spiral.
  • Automobiles

    Major State Highways 1 and 2 lead to Wellington.
  • Taxis

    Wellington Combined Taxis is the city’s largest taxi company (+64 (0)4 384 4444). For something different, take a Baxi, a bike-taxi company that runs throughout the CBD (Central Business District).