Wellington, New Zealand has been voted number 1 on Deutsche Bank’s global study of the most liveable city. The study has been run both in 2017 and 2018, with Wellington being declared the city with the world’s highest quality of life both years.
But before you rush off to live in this fantastic city, you’ll probably want to take a holiday first. So here is a list of some of the awesome attractions you can visit in Wellington.
Mount Victoria Lookout
The Mount Victoria Lookout provides panoramic views of Wellington City and harbour. The lookout is up a hill that can be accessed by foot or car and is free to view day or night.
The Wellington Waterfront is home to beauty, culture and food. Internationally renown museum Te Papa and iconic theatre Circa sit adjacent to eat other, with the City Art Gallery and Museum of City and Sea just moments away. Meanwhile event venues TSB Arena and Shed 6 stand nearby at Queen’s Wharf. Nearly every building has a famous history; which you can read about, just down from Frank Kitts Park. The town belt, railway station and Westpac Stadium are all easily assessible from this end of the Waterfront. Down the other end, are the golden sands and towering pines of Oriental Bay. And across all of it are delicious eateries and a beautiful clear waterside view.
Cable Car And Botanical Gardens
Go between CBD shopping hub Lambton Quay and the gorgeous Botanical Gardens on the classic Wellington Cable Car. Visit the Cable Car Museum, Planetarium and see stunning city views at the top of the Cable Car, then head down through the Botanical Gardens to see the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden and many more hectares of specialty gardens and horticultural displays.
Te Papa is Wellington’s biggest museum and a place of cultural, heritage, science, art and creativity. The museum is free entry and current displays can be found on their website. Being on the earthquake fault line, they also have some of the most innovative technology for keeping their building safe during an earthquake.
The Beehive and Parliament Buildings
Take a free tour of New Zealand’s decision-making hub at Parliament Buildings and snap a photo of Wellington’s iconic Beehive building in the CBD. Then take a relaxing through Parliament’s gardens.
Seen Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit. Find out how they were made and pose with some of the characters at Weta Workshop in their world famous Weta Cave. Film buffs through to novices will enjoy seeing how these characters and movies were made.
For encounters with native and non-native animals, visit the Wellington Zoo. Here you can see New Zealand’s icon, the Kiwi as well as animals from across the world; including Giraffes, Monkey’s and Lions.
Get a taste of local wine and food in the Wairarapa, north of Wellington City. Several charming small towns make up the wider area. Visit vineyards in Martinborough, home of Wellington’s winemaking. Enjoy food and galleries in Greytown, coastal views at Castle’s Point and see Stonehenge Aotearoa in Carterton.
While you can drive around all of Wellington’s attractions. If you want a driving free holiday, or perhaps you’re used to driving on the right side of the road (in New Zealand they drive on the left), there are a great number of tours you can also take.
No matter how you choose to explore, be sure to check out the ‘coolest little capital’ next time you’re planning a trip.