5 Reasons to Visit Wellington, New Zealand
Authored by Janina Hagen
The capital of New Zealand, while Wellington is a small city, it is an incredibly cool little capital, and exudes a large amount of character and charm.
From the world’s best coffee, to scenic views which will blow your mind, a unique and cozy bar scene, and accessibility to both the North and South Islands, Wellington is one of those city’s you really shouldn’t miss.
Sitting at the southern tip of the North Island New Zealand, there are many, many reasons why you should travel to Wellington, and here are just a few reasons why.
Wellington is accessible
Wellington has 397,900 inhabitants. Based on population this is therefore the second largest city in New Zealand, with Auckland being the first.
Unlike Auckland, however, Wellington is extremely accessible. One of the most walkable cities in the world, it is possible to get anywhere you want by foot.
The city is centered in a valley, surrounded by its hilly suburbs, and all of it’s main attractions are within walking distance of each other. Though for those who prefer to drive, renting a car is an affordable option too.
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Wellington has Unique Bars
Wellington has a thriving nightlife and offers a number of unique and cozy bars. Favourites include ‘The library’ and ‘The apartment’.
“The Library” is dimly lit with live music every other day and books adorning the walls as decoration. It truly does feel like a library, just one which allows entertainment, drinks and snacks!
“The Apartment” is more stylish, and as with the Library, is a venue which actually resembles it’s name. Set up as an apartment, the bar features a living room, bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen.
Drinks are served in the kitchen and then guests are invited to chill out on the bed or sofa in the living room.
Wellingtons’ Coffee Culture
Kiwis know how to make good coffee, and Wellington is the perfect place to enjoy a cup. You won’t find coffee anywhere else in the world as delicious as those offered in New Zealand.
Unlike other cities, Wellington does not feel extremely busy. The city’s more relaxed vibe makes it the perfect place to enjoy one of those wonderful coffees.
Wellington is the Home of Lord of the Rings
As you may well know, Wellington is the hometown of Peter Jackson, and therefore home to Lord of the Rings.
When you walk around Wellington and its suburbs you may recognize a number of locations from the famous films, and you can book walking tours, horse riding tours, or simply look up the locations yourself and pay them a visit independently.
Sites you may enjoy include the botanical gardens, and the Embassy Theatre, where it’s possible to enjoy a film in the same location where each of the Lord of the Ring films celebrated their premiere.
The cinema is an old theatre, which makes it quite unique.
Wellington connects the South Island with the North Island
Wellington is located at the Southwestern tip of the North Island, which gives you the opportunity to easily pay the South Island a visit.
Simply jump on the ferry and cross over to Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.
The South Island is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations on earth, and is definitely worth a visit!!
Photo credit: Bernard Spragg. NZ
I’m considering moving to NZ and Wellington might just be an option :)
Exciting! It’s definitely a fab spot – keep us updated on your move :)
I’m not a coffee drinker but I do like the sound of those bars! haha. New Zealand has been on my list for awhile, and I will definitely hit up Wellington when I go…and not just to satisfy my inner LOTR nerd :)
Don’t they sound just amazingly unique! Would you believe I’ve never seen the LOTR films – lol hope we can still be friends :D
I’ve never been to New Zealand, but to be honest you had me at Lord of the Rings! :D
Sara | This Girl Loves
An excuse in itself to visit!
I’ve never visited Wellington before, but it seems very interesting ! I love ‘the library’ bar, reminds me of Teviot Row in Edinburgh, it looks lovely :)
Doesn’t it sound like just the coolest and most unique approach for a bar! I would also love to get there to experience Wellington – really does seem like it’s full of character and charm!
The concept of that library bar sounds so cool – I’ve never heard of somewhere like that before! I’ve never been to New Zealand – just so far from here in London so don’t know if or when I’ll make it but I’ve been seeing lots of blog posts of late about New Zealand in general about how beautiful the scenery is!
It does, doesn’t it! I love spending time in places which have really put effort into making themselves unique. NZ is definitely worth the trip from London – and you can tie in an Australian tour with it while you’re there! I would definitely put up with the long flight :D Hope you can get there at some point, the scenery really is incredible!
I love Wellington SO MUCH. It’s my favorite city in New Zealand. I love that it has character, even though it’s a bigger city. It’s kinda funky and is full of quirky kiwi culture.
From what I’ve heard NZ does really well at combining a small town, funky feel with big cities. I want to go so badly!! I think this guest post has finally convinced me to get my act into gear and book a flight :D!
I’d LOVE to visit Wellington. Looks gorgeous!
You and me both! Finally moving home to Australia in a few months so have to kick myself into gear and book the short flight to NZ. Funny how you never seem to have the drive to explore your own backyard when you’re living there. Janina’s post has inspired me to make it happen!
i love wellington..i wants to visit there in holidays.its such a beautiful city i want to live there .New Zealand is very beautiful country where people like to visit..
Always nice to hear from a fellow Wellington fan – definitely has a way of capturing your heart doesn’t it! So glad you enjoyed your time Haydee – maybe you’ll have the chance to organize a stint living there at some point :)
So glad you enjoyed the post Jay :)
Place of my birth. Always loved Wellington having lived there and the Hutt Valley for the first 27 years of my life. Live in Melbourne now, but every trip back to NZ I can’t miss out on Wellington. Cheers.
Thanks for reading Bob! I can imagine that Wellington would have been an incredible place to grow up in and call home :)