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Best of Wellington Guide

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Wellington
Wellington boasts a compact downtown area that’s easy to explore on foot and a wealth of architectural styles, from 19th-century wooden cottages to Art Deco masterpieces. Discover the city’s Maori roots at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea and the Museum of New Zealand. Sip coffee and people-watch in lively Courtney Place, or survey the city from scenic Mount Victoria. When the sun goes down on Windy Wellington, take a nocturnal tour of Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some colorful inhabitants.

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World of WearableArt
World of WearableArt
Owner description: The World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) Awards Show is the only event of its kind in the World.WOW®'s mission is to take art off the wall and out of static display to adorn the body in... more Owner description: The World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) Awards Show is the only event of its kind in the World.WOW®'s mission is to take art off the wall and out of static display to adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways. WOW® celebrates this creativity in lavish and unique spectaculars which inspire all. The WOW® Awards Show is New Zealand’s largest arts event, a theatrical two-hour show held annually in Wellington, New Zealand. The audience of WOW® reaches nearly 50,000 per season. First shown in 1987, Nelson sculptor and WOW® Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff had the vision to take art off the wall and exhibit on the human form.See what people are saying about WOW®: #beWOWdinWLG less
Attraction type: Theaters
Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
Owner description: Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this... more Owner description: Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history. Te Papa is located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront. Open every day from 10am to 6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. General admission is free. less
Attraction type: Museums
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Mount Victoria
Mount Victoria
High lookout point along Wellington's Southern Walkway gives visitors a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings.
Attraction type: Lookouts
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Museum of Wellington City & Sea
Museum of Wellington City & Sea
The heritage of Wellington is displayed through exhibits that cover the city's Maori roots to its modern mores.
Attraction type: History Museums
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Old St Paul's Cathedral
Old St Paul's Cathedral
Owner description: Old St Paul's is a unique old cathedral nestled in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Constructed entirely of native timbers, it is a unique example of Gothic Revival... more Owner description: Old St Paul's is a unique old cathedral nestled in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Constructed entirely of native timbers, it is a unique example of Gothic Revival architecture - renowned for its vaulted arches and unique timber design throughout the world. Old St Paul's stands on a site that was formerly part of Pipitea Pa. Between 1866 - 1964 Old St Paul's served as the parish church of Thorndon and the Anglican Cathedral of Wellington. During World War II the United States Marines used Old St Paul's as a place of worship during their time in New Zealand. This wooden church has a special place in the hearts of many visitors from around the world. Old St Paul's remains a place of spiritual significance to many and has become a popular venue for a wide variety of cultural events. The property is cared for and maintained by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. Check out Old St Paul's to behold the fascinating architecture with your own eyes, sit quietly in the churches peaceful atmosphere or let one of our friendly guides tell you a few of the many quirky stories that contribute to the history of this magnificent building. less
Attraction type: Concerts; Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
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Ortega Fish Shack
Ortega Fish Shack
Ranked #1 of 636 restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
The White House Restaurant
The White House Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 636 restaurants in Wellington
Price: $30 - $128
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
Hawthorn Lounge
Hawthorn Lounge
Ranked #3 of 636 restaurants in Wellington
Dining options: Late Night
Pizzeria Napoli
Pizzeria Napoli
Ranked #4 of 636 restaurants in Wellington
Price: $9 - $23
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Chameleon Restaurant and Bar
Chameleon Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #5 of 636 restaurants in Wellington
Price: $18 - $39
Cuisines: European, New Zealand
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Dwellington
The Dwellington
$27 - $65
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YHA Wellington New Zealand
5.0 of 5
YHA Wellington New Zealand
$49 - $82
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The Setup on Dixon
3.0 of 5
The Setup on Dixon
$51 - $79
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Walnut Tree B&B
The Walnut Tree B&B
$130 - $310
Ranked #2 of 52 Wellington B&B and Inns
Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast
Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast
$120 - $123 (NZD 138 - 142)
Ranked #4 of 52 Wellington B&B and Inns
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Gourmet Stay
3.5 of 5
Gourmet Stay
$77 - $107
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Acorns Wellington
4.0 of 5
Acorns Wellington
$138 - $158
Ranked #1 of 52 Wellington B&B and Inns
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City Cottages
4.0 of 5
City Cottages
$139 - $190 (NZD 160 - 219)
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At Home Wellington
4.0 of 5
At Home Wellington
$165 - $288 (NZD 190 - 332)
Ranked #1 of 50 hotels in Wellington
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