Wellington is relaxed and upbeat, full of residents who are more than willing to show you around. Embark on nature safaris and scale mountains in the same city you would shop and dance the night away.
...at the Weta Workshop, responsible for the mock-ups, sets, and production of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Make sure to book your tickets for tours online in advance.
The Brooklyn Wind Turbine is the best spot for you to take in a breathtaking view of Wellington, the harbor, and Cook Strait. Go at sunset for a real treat.
While the adults are relaxing, strolling through the beautiful gardens, kids can interact at Space Place, an astronomy and space museum in the park featuring planetarium shows and interactive science exhibits.
You don't need to scale Mount Victoria and Mount Kaukau on foot because there are buses that will take you up there. Don't miss these spectacular lookout points.
Head to Zealandia at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can watch endangered birds and animals in a natural haven.
Hold on to your hats and your hair because Wellington is known as the world's windiest city. However, it's very pleasant to travel through the region's urban area as the temperatures don't drop below 32 on the coldest of winter nights, while the summers are a comfortable 77.
Travelers will arrive at Wellington International Airport (WLG), which is located just three miles southeast of the city's center. There are plenty of shuttle services and taxis waiting directly outside the terminal.
Use the InterCity train service to get from Auckland to Wellington for a single adult fare of NZ$41.
To drive from Auckland to Wellington without exploring or stopping, use the State Highway 1 and head south.
Buses depart from the InterCity Auckland bus terminal at Sky City and get in to Platform 9 of the Wellington Railway Station. Fares vary by days traveled but a standard, one-way adult fare for direct overnight service starts at NZ$34.
You can always expect to be pampered when you stay in style at the InterContinental Hotel Wellington. For more mid-range accommodations, choose a room at the CityLife Wellington.
Wellington Central - this is the main hub of Wellington, its core for shopping, restaurants, businesses, nightlife, and galleries.
Te Aro - the heart of Te Aro is a bustling commercial and business center, as well as much of Wellington's entertainment and nightlife spots.
Pipitea - this is the perfect neighborhood, with a vibrant student life, thanks to the presence of the Victoria University of Wellington. Its proximity to the water, Westpac Stadium, and Wellington Botanic Garden make it a real draw for travelers and locals alike.
Metlink runs a bus and train system divided into three zones. A single adult fare starts at NZ$2 for a single zone. If you're staying long-term, you can grab a monthly pass for NZ$132.50 and use an electronic Snapper Card to get 20% off all fares, as long as you tap when boarding and tap again when leaving.
You can hail a taxi on the streets or you can pre-book with companies like Green Cabs or Wellington Combined Taxis. Keep in mind that there may be extra charges for airport pick-up, phone bookings, or electronic payment. Fares start at a base rate of NZ$3.50 and it's NZ$1.65 per mile thereafter.
Avis, Apex, and Go Rentals are just some of the providers in Wellington. Rates for a standard, 4-door car vary but generally start at NZ$25 a day.
Start at the Old Bank Arcade, housed in a gorgeous historical building, or the Westfield Queensgate. Lovers of vintage will find Hunters and Collectors simply divine.
A quart of milk costs NZ$2.72 and a dozen eggs costs NZ$4.74.
Beach Babylon is the place to go for authentic New Zealand cuisine with a stunning view of the beach. A retro-styled, beach-side cafe and restaurant, it has great drinks and mains like rostis, fondue platters, tarahiki fish, and slow roasted pork belly. Expect to pay between NZ$10 and NZ$30, per person, depending on what you order.