Wellington, photo by Angela
Wellington (photo by Angela)

Wellington, sometimes known as the Windy City, is a beautiful harbor city that is also the capital of New Zealand.

Built on Wellington Harbour and ringed by mountains, the city provides a scenic home to many of New Zealand’s national arts and cultural attractions.

Wellington offers an array of theatre, music, dance, fine arts and galleries and museums. But its compact nature makes it easy to get around.

The surrounding area offers a network of walking and biking trails with beautiful wineries and vineyards just a few hours away.

Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide


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Trek Global Backpackers

Trek Global features 4 communal guest kitchens and a barbecue area. It is a 10-minute walk from Wellington’s CBD and Wellington Waterfront. Guest rooms offer simple interiors and are fully heated. Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared. Average score from 503 guest reviews: 7.7/10.



88 Wallace Court Motel

Free Wi-Fi and free car parking are provided at 88 Wallace Court Motel. Just 250 metres from Massey University and 700 metres from Wellington Hospital, the motel offers satellite TV in every room. Average score from 321 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$90 - $111


The Wellington Container House

The Wellington Container House is a detached holiday home set in Wellington in the Wellington Region and is 2.8 km from Wellington Zoo. There is a seating area and a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 8.9/10.



Acorns Wellington Bed and Breakfast

Acorns Wellington Bed and Breakfast offers stylish, self-contained studios with private courtyards. Free parking and free WiFi are available. Average score from 101 guest reviews: 9.8/10.



Rosemere Backpackers

Set in a central location to explore the sights of Wellington, Rosemere Backpackers features free WiFi throughout the property. The property is located 400 metres from Cuba Street, which is a boho precinct of shopping, dining and bars. Average score from 854 guest reviews: 7.8/10.


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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Joyce's Bed & Breakfast

Joyce's Bed & Breakfast

Joyce's Bed & Breakfast is a non-smoking property located in Wellington. Free WiFi access is available. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, luggage storage and laundry facilities. The property offers free parking. Average score from 132 guest reviews: 9.8/10.


Acapella Bed and Breakfast

Acapella Bed and Breakfast

Situated in Wellington, 1.3 km from Westpac Stadium, Acapella Bed and Breakfast boasts a sun terrace and views of the sea. Some units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the mountain or... Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.4/10.


InterContinental Wellington

InterContinental Wellington

The 5-star InterContinental Wellington is located by the harbour waterfront, just 8 km from Wellington International Airport. It offers an exclusive club lounge, a fitness centre, 2 restaurants and a bar. Average score from 39 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$155 - $447

Amora Hotel Wellington

Amora Hotel Wellington

Just 3 minutes’ walk from the Te Papa Museum, Amora Hotel offers air-conditioned 45 star accommodation with luxurious marble bathrooms. It features an on-site restaurant and spa. Guests enjoy free unlimited WiFi. Average score from 29 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$131 - $373

Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

Guests at Copthorne Oriental Bay enjoy stunning Wellington Harbour views from the restaurant and heated indoor pool. Just a 5-minute walk from Te Papa Museum, Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay Wellington is only 2.5 km from the Wellington Cable Car. Average score from 30 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$138 - $692

QT Museum Wellington (Formerly Museum Art Hotel)

QT Museum Wellington (Formerly Museum Art Hotel)

Located on Wellington's sparkling waterfront, QT Museum Wellington is situated opposite Te Papa. This design hotel boasts a large collection of contemporary New Zealand art. It features a fitness centre and an indoor heated swimming pool. Average score from 56 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$159 - $692

Best Western Wellington

Best Western Wellington

Featuring free parking, The Wellington Best Western offers self-contained accommodation just 10 minutes’ drive from Wellington city centre and the famous Te Papa Museum. Guests receive 1 GB of free WiFi per day. Average score from 335 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$114 - $166

Rydges Wellington

Rydges Wellington

Rydges Wellington is centrally located on downtown Featherston Street, and features a unique combination of harbour and city outlooks. Average score from 42 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$124 - $692

Novotel Wellington

Novotel Wellington

Offering direct access to the Lambton Quay shopping area, just 850 metres from Wellington Station, this hotel features rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views. Guests enjoy a fitness centre and 8MB of free Wi-Fi in the lobby per day. Average score from 740 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$123 - $719

Wellesley Boutique Hotel - Heritage Boutique Collection

Wellesley Boutique Hotel - Heritage Boutique Collection

This 4-star boutique hotel offers free Wi-Fi and is located in the heart of Wellington, 10 minutes’ away from the Westpac Stadium, Queen's Wharf Event Centre, and the Lambton Harbour. Secure, under cover parking is available nearby. Average score from 640 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$118 - $277

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

James Cook Hotel is located in the heart of Wellington, just 500 metres from Lambton Harbour. It features a day spa, a fitness centre and a restaurant with harbour views. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$117 - $443

Victoria Court Motor Lodge

Victoria Court Motor Lodge

Victoria Court offers rooms with a private balcony, a kitchenette and free parking. The famous Te Papa Museum is only a 10-minute walk away. Average score from 561 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$118 - $254

Courtenay Village

Courtenay Village

Situated in the lively café, theatre and entertainment precinct of Courtenay Place, this property offers self-contained apartments with a private balcony. The famous Te Papa Museum and the Wellington weekend markets are just a 5-minute walk away. Average score from 308 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


West Plaza Hotel

West Plaza Hotel

West Plaza Hotel is a spacious, 5 level property located in Wellington CBD, just 3 minutes’ walk from Te Papa Museum. The hotel features an award-winning restaurant, 24-hour reception and luggage storage facilities. Average score from 52 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$97 - $312

Quest On Lambton Serviced Apartments

Quest On Lambton Serviced Apartments

Quest on Lambton Serviced Apartments is situated on Lambton Quay, in the heart of Wellington city centre. Guests have free access to a nearby fitness centre. Average score from 665 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$89 - $197

Marksman Motor Inn

Marksman Motor Inn

Just 3 minutes’ walk from Government House Wellington, Marksman Motor Inn offers accommodation with flat-screen satellite TV and a microwave. The property features Wi-Fi internet access and free parking. Average score from 306 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$100 - $118

Capital Gateway Motor Inn

Capital Gateway Motor Inn

Just 8 km from Wellington, this motor inn offers free parking, a bar and a restaurant. All accommodation features a balcony with garden views. Average score from 157 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$118 - $194



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Historic Landmarks
Wellington is a relatively young city, and much of its short history can be seen simply walking around its charming streets & architecture. It also has several landmark buildings that are worth visiting:

Old Government Buildings. This is the largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere and the second-largest in the world. It is now the home of Victoria University Law School.

Current Parliament Buildings. The grounds of Parliament are open to the public.

Old St Paul's. This was the Anglican center for decades. Superseded by the new cathedral north of Parliament, this one is popular for weddings and funerals.

Plimmer's Ark. An oddity. A hundred years ago a Bank was built on top of a wrecked ship that had been used as a market. When they renovated the building, they discovered the ship's timbers and chose to preserve the remains within the building.
Wellington is one of the world’s great sailing cities. Not only are the winds good and fairly reliable, but there is an entire sailing culture in the city. It has hosted several America’s Cup races, and holds regular regattas.
Also of Interest:
Boat Tours
Parks, Gardens, Zoos
Ocean Wildlife
Lowland Mountains
Wildlife and Plants

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