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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 4 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
Silver Cloud Luxury Apartment

Silver Cloud Luxury Apartment

Offering free WiFi and free parking, the 2-bedroom Silver Cloud Luxury Apartment is set alongside Oriental Bay. Guests enjoy a free bottle of wine, continental breakfast provisions and tea/coffee making facilities. Average score from 19 guest reviews: 9.8/10.


Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast

Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast

Perfectly positioned opposite Worser Bay, Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast boasts free WiFi and free breakfast. All rooms feature impressive sea views. It is 15 minutes’ drive from Wellington city centre. Average score from 225 guest reviews: 9.4/10.


At Home Wellington City

At Home Wellington City

At Home Wellington City is located in downtown Wellington, a 3-minute walk from Te Papa Museum. It offers a fitness centre and free Wi-Fi access. The modern apartments come with a balcony. Average score from 369 guest reviews: 9.2/10.


Orchard Street

Orchard Street

Orchard Street offers luxurious self-contained apartments featuring spectacular views over Wellington Harbour. The property is just 5 minutes' drive from the heart of Wellington. Guests enjoy free WiFi and free on-site parking. Average score from 107 guest reviews: 9.1/10.


Boulcott Suites

Boulcott Suites

Centrally located off Boulcott Street this luxury 5-star apartment hotel features stylish single level suites and fully equipped executive townhouses. Guests enjoy free WiFi. Average score from 35 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$133 - $172

Bolton Hotel

Bolton Hotel

Bolton Hotel is an elegant, boutique, 5-star hotel offering free WiFi on multiple devices and in-room iPad minis. Secure valet parking is available. Average score from 37 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$138 - $507

Gourmet Stay

Gourmet Stay

Gourmet Stay offers stylish boutique accommodation with free WiFi and free gourmet continental breakfast. Set in the heart of Wellington, the property is 5 minutes' walk from the waterfront. Average score from 453 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$79 - $159

Airport Motor Lodge

Airport Motor Lodge

Airport Motor Lodge offers fully soundproofed accommodation, only 650 metres from Wellington Airport. Free onsite parking is provided. Average score from 702 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$121 - $145



Located within Wellington’s exclusive Oriental Bay neighbourhood, Ohtel offers luxurious accommodation with views of the Chaffers Marina. It features exquisitely designed bathrooms fitted with locally made natural toiletries. Average score from 146 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$166 - $448

YHA Wellington

YHA Wellington

Located in the very centre of Wellington, this award-winning hostel features 2 fully equipped kitchen and dining areas and a spacious guest lounge room with TV projection screen and free movie hire. Average score from 835 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$21 - $65

Apollo Lodge Motel

Apollo Lodge Motel

Situated in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment precinct, Apollo Lodge Motel offers free WiFi and free off-street parking, subject to availability. Each room includes heating and satellite TV. Average score from 47 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$104 - $142

Willis Village

Willis Village

Located in the heart of Wellington, Willis Village offers self-contained apartments with a private patio. The Lambton Harbour waterfront and the famous Te Papa Museum are each just a 10-minute walk away. Average score from 543 guest reviews: 8.6/10.


Bella Vista Motel Wellington

Bella Vista Motel Wellington

Located within 10 minutes’ drive of both Wellington International Airport and Wellington's city centre, Bella Vista Motel features accommodation with free WiFi and free onsite parking. Guests also enjoy onsite BBQ facilities. Average score from 307 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$102 - $135



Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Belvedere offers accommodation in Wellington, 100 metres from Cuba Street. This penthouse apartment includes a flat-screen TV with cable channels. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 22 guest reviews: 8.4/10.


Quest on Johnston Serviced Apartments

Quest on Johnston Serviced Apartments

Quest on Johnston is located in central Lambton Quay, a 10-minute walk from Wellington Tourist Information Centre. It offers stylish apartments with a kitchenette and laundry facilities. 1GB of complimentary WiFi, per day is provided. Average score from 847 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$89 - $127

Brentwood Hotel

Brentwood Hotel

Nestled in Kilbirnie, Brentwood Hotel offer spacious accommodation only 2.6 km from Wellington Airport and 10 minutes’ drive from Wellington’s CBD. Cafes, restaurants and a shopping centre are on the hotel’s doorstep. Average score from 948 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$89 - $177

Cambridge Hotel

Cambridge Hotel

The 19th-century Cambridge Hotel offers accommodation in the heart of Wellington’s city centre, just 3 minutes’ walk from the Courtenay Place entertainment district. It features a bar and a restaurant, which offers $3 eggs on toast for breakfast. Average score from 30 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$19 - $125


Highlighted Interests:

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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.
Other Interests:
Boat Tours
Parks, Gardens, Zoos
Ocean Wildlife
Lowland Mountains
Wildlife and Plants

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