Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, a most appealing city of New Zealand which is hugged by picturesque hillsides and a magnificent harbor. Capital is home to a wealth of cultural and artistic treasures, galleries, theaters, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Best Time to Visit
March, April, May are the best months to visit New Zealand. One of the best times to plan your New Zealand vacation since the summer crowds have left, the attractions charge off peak rates, and the weather is amazing.
Top Places to Visit in Wellington
1. Te Papa
The national museum of New Zealand is fun, very interactive and full of delightful surprises. Appropriately, the museum’s name translates as “treasure box,” and inside, visitors will find an amazing collection of Maori artifacts and natural history and environment exhibitions. The museum is also home to the national art collection, galleries dedicated to the history of both the country and region and hands-on discovery centers made for children but enjoyed by adults too. Most of the displays have a high-tech twist, like simulator rides and interactive elements. The six floors of Te Papa take at least a full day to explore, but if you have less time, take the one-hour introductory tour that highlights the best of the collection.
2. Wellington Botanic Gardens
The 25-hectare gardens includes a stretch of native forest lined with varied collections including international plant collections and an enchanting rose garden. Other charms at the gardens include a duck pond, cheerful playground, magical city views, sculptures, a terraced cafe and more, making it a delightful place to spend a day. The Carter Observatory, located at the top of the gardens, is home to a full-dome planetarium. Regular shows present virtual tours of the skies above the city, and the center also includes a fine collection of telescopes, plenty of astronomical artifacts and a multimedia display detailing the techniques of Maori cosmology and Polynesian navigation.
3. Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo is New Zealand’s first Zoo, and Wellington’s oldest conservation organisation, caring for animals since 1906. The Zoo is a not for profit charitable trust, and has been that way since 2003. The Trust runs the Zoo on behalf of Wellington City Council. Nestled in the city’s green town belt and is home to more than 500 native and exotic endangered animals.