Wellington New Zealand
Hemmed in by hillsides around a magnificent harbour, Wellington is NZ’s capital. Locked in an age-old struggle for hip supremacy with Auckland, ‘Welly’ prides itself in its cultural and artistic wealth. Given the relatively small population, there’s an astounding number of quality restaurants, cafés, bars, galleries, shops and theatres here. And it’s certainly better-looking than Auckland: timber Victorian houses terrace up steep valleys from the waterfront in an almost San Franciscan manner.In recent years Wellington has stamped its place firmly on the world map as the home of NZ’s dynamic film industry, earning itself the nickname ‘Wellywood’. When the film crews hit town, the whole mood of the city lifts, and there’s a palpable sparkle in the air. Acclaimed director Peter Jackson still calls Wellington home; the success of his Lord of the Rings films and subsequent productions have made him a powerful Hollywood player, and have bolstered Wellington’s reputation.
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Our top picks for Wellington
Cable Car: Amazing photo opportunities and sweeping views make this one of Wellington's top attractions
Kai: This warm, welcoming restaurant serves up delicious Maori food that may well end up being one of the highlights of your Wellington trip
Ora Design & Art Space: A great place to stock up on beautiful home-grown art and crafts
Te Papa: Te Papa, 'the Museum of New Zealand', is an inspiring interactive look at NZ's history and culture
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