LABELLED as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ and celebrated as New Zealand’s creative and culinary capital, Wellington is packed with creators, doers and lovers of life with a contagious energy and passion for their part of the world.
Nestled between a sparkling harbour and bush-clad hills, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a city in the world that’s easier to get around.
Loved for its dining culture, interactive museums, city markets, adventurous mountain biking trails, and some of the best coffee and craft beer on the planet, Wellington is New Zealand’s ultimate urban destination.
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Closer than you think
Wellington is just a short three-hour flight from the East Coast of Australia (and Canberra). Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly here regularly, and our airport is just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, so it’s easy to cross the ditch for a short break in Wellington.
With a city centre spanning just 2km, Wellington is compact and walkable. The central city is best explored on foot and it takes just 20 minutes to walk from one end of time to the other. Too easy.
Home to some 750 cafes, bars and restaurants (said to be more per capita than New York City), Wellington is a culinary haven. From top nosh to street eats, you’ll find something to suit all tastes and budgets. The city is fuelled by a buzzing coffee and café scene – in fact, CNN named Wellington as one of the world’s great coffee cities. Wellington has also famously led New Zealand’s craft beer revolution, and is home to dozens of micro-breweries and craft beer bars.
Tucked between lush hills and a picturesque harbour, you’re never far from the great outdoors in Wellington. From thrilling mountain biking trails, to water sports, and picturesque walks, it’s easy to immerse yourself in nature only minutes from the city. Wellington is also home to the amazing Zealandia Ecosanctuary, where you’ll discover a wealth of native New Zealand wildlife including kiwi, tuatara and takahe.
Arts and culture
Boasting more than 55 galleries and museums, including the innovative Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), a year-round programme of performing arts spectacles and festivals, and a trail of inspiring sculptures and street art, Wellington is bursting with creative energy and colour.
A world-renowned filmmaking hub, Wellington (sometimes known as the Middle of Middle-earth) is at the heart of Sir Peter Jackson’s movie-making empire. The Oscar-winning special and visual effects departments, Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, are both based in Wellington, alongside a string of other world-class production facilities and film talent. For a slice of moviemaking magic, visitors can go behind the scenes of Weta Workshop, on a Weta Studios Tour.
Wellington is tucked between two of New Zealand’s finest wine regions and sits at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Just an hour’s drive or train ride from Wellington is the boutique wine region of Wairarapa, which is the perfect daytrip destination. Cycle the flat country roads of Martinborough, where you’ll find over 20 vineyards all within close proximity. In nearby Masterton and Gladstone, you’ll find even more vineyards, or head to the historic town of Greytown for boutique shopping and charming cafés.
– The city measure 2km across
– Home to some 750+ cafes and restaurants
– Boasts more than 55 galleries
– Over 363 of mountain biking and walking trails
– About 496,000 people live in the Wellington region
– Wellington enjoys around 2,000 sunshine hours a year
– Nearly all residents are within 3km of the sea which means easy access to our 497km of coastline.
– 18,000 of the city’s residents walk or jog to work
– 131+ kiwi live in the Zealandia sanctuary
– Hosts New Zealand’s largest (and tastiest!) culinary festival, the annual Visa Wellington On a Plate™
-Wellington is also host to the creative spectacular, the World of WearableArt™ Awards Show, held each spring.