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WELLINGTON

Famous for a vibrant creative culture, fuelled by great food, wine, craft beer, coffee and events, Wellington is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant personality.


The weather in Wellington in April is Autumn. Temperatures vary from 11-17dC.  Dress with layers and something warmer for the evenings.  Wellingtons reputation as 'Windy Wellington' is well earned, so come prepared.


Wellington city has a population of 216,3000 people.  The city accounts for 4.4% of New Zealands overall population.  It is the capital city of New Zealand and located at the base of the North Island.

Home to many museums, galleries, theatres, festivals and events, Wellington is also a leading centre for creative industries and is the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX). The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty including Zealandia, an award-winning eco-attraction just minutes from the central business district.


Wellington has great road and rail links and also houses an international airport.

For more information on Wellington please go to https://www.wellingtonnz.com/discover/

The following are some of the things that you can see and do in Wellington

WELLINGTON ZOO

Home to New Zealand's native treasures and endangered exotic animals, you can get up close and personal with wildlife at the Zoo.
Home to over 500 animals, you can see the only bears in New Zealand, as well as lions, tigers, giraffes and many more. No two days are the same at Wellington Zoo – you can watch vets at work saving native wildlife, or perhaps meet some of our amazing tuatara right up close! https://wellingtonzoo.com/

SPACE PLACE AT CARTER OBSERVATORY

Take a journey into space at Space Place at Carter Observatory. Our planetarium offers a state of the art, digital experience that will take you on a virtual space journey from Wellington, through our Solar System and beyond. In our galleries, discover the sheer scale of the Universe and its origins in the Big Bang, the Māori story of creation, and examine the possibility of life on other planets. Travel through Space Place's very own black hole, handle a space rock, launch a rocket, and watch video stories. http://www.museumswellington.org.nz/space-place/

ST JAMES THEATRE

One of New Zealand's finest Edwardian Lyric Theatres, this fully restored heritage building is the Wellington venue for opera, dance and major musical shows, and home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

The art deco foyer houses Mojo cafe. It serves brunches, light meals and coffee - a great place to meet for pre-show dining. https://www.venueswellington.com/

WETA WORKSHOP

Attention film fans, pop culture connoisseurs, families and anyone who just loves to make cool stuff! Weta Studio Tours is your gateway to immersive film making experiences on the Miramar Peninsula. Get up close to the incredible miniatures, props, weapons, armour,creatures, vehicles, models and more, all made right here in Wellington.  https://www.wetaworkshop.com

SEAL COAST SAFARI

Just minutes from the city centre lies nature's playground.   To get to the 'Seal Coast' you'll travel through private land, not accessible by the public. We drive for 20 rugged kilometers along the beach, over rocks and across small rivers, to Tongue Point - home to a colony of amazing New Zealand fur seals.
See animals including ostriches, wild goats and deer. Take in stunning panoramic views from the highest lookout in Wellington. http://www.sealcoast.com/

OLD SAINT PAULS

Breathtakingly beautiful - Wellington's iconic Old St Paul's is one of New Zealand's greatest heritage places and one of the best examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture in the world. A 'must-see' experience on your visit to Wellington.  http://www.oldstpauls.co.nz

CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON

Located in the heart of Civic Square, City Gallery Wellington offers world-class exhibitions of contemporary New Zealand and international art.

With specific galleries dedicated to Wellington artists, Maori and Pacific arts, and future programmes dedicated to the Wellington City art collection, City Gallery Wellington enables diverse audiences to experience art in new and inspiring ways. http://www.citygallery.org.nz/

CABLE CAR MUSEUM

Situated within the original Cable Car Winding House, the Cable Car Museum brings to life the story of Wellington's iconic cable cars.
The Winding House was built in 1902 to house the winding gear which pulled Wellington's first cable cars from the city centre up to Kelburn.

These days, the museum is home to two of the original grip cars, restored to their former glory as well as the historic winding machinery, which has been restored to working order. https://www.museumswellington.org.nz/cable-car-museum/

TE PAPA

Discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand at Te Papa, our bold and innovative national museum.

A recognised world-leader in interactive and visitor focused museum experiences, Te Papa lets you experience the nation's art, culture and science - all in one breathtaking waterfront location. Better still, general admission is free! https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/