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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
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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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ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience
ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience
Owner description: Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience is New Zealand's award-winning conservation attraction. Home to some of the rarest and extraordinary wildlife on the planet, our... more Owner description: Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience is New Zealand's award-winning conservation attraction. Home to some of the rarest and extraordinary wildlife on the planet, our sanctuary is protected by a predator proof fence that encloses 225ha of regenerating forest, less than 10 minutes from central Wellington.Pick up a map from our visitor centre or join one of our popular guided tours. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Ortega Fish Shack
Ortega Fish Shack
Ranked #1 of 635 restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Hawthorn Lounge
Hawthorn Lounge
Ranked #2 of 635 restaurants in Wellington
Dining options: Late Night
The White House Restaurant
The White House Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 635 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
Pizzeria Napoli
Pizzeria Napoli
Ranked #4 of 635 restaurants in Wellington
Price: $8 - $22
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Chameleon Restaurant and Bar
Chameleon Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #5 of 635 restaurants in Wellington
Price: $18 - $38
Cuisines: European, New Zealand
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Gourmet Stay
3.5 of 5
Gourmet Stay
$43 - $105
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The Dwellington
The Dwellington
$41 - $64
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YHA Wellington New Zealand
5.0 of 5
YHA Wellington New Zealand
$26 - $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 51 Wellington B&B and Inns
Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast
Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast
$117 - $152 (NZD 140 - 181)
Ranked #4 of 51 Wellington B&B and Inns
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Home From Home Stay
Home From Home Stay
$101 - $159 (NZD 120 - 190)
Ranked #6 of 51 Wellington B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Acorns Wellington
4.0 of 5
Acorns Wellington
$132 - $168
Ranked #1 of 51 Wellington B&B and Inns
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City Cottages
4.0 of 5
City Cottages
$152 - $185 (NZD 181 - 221)
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At Home Wellington
4.0 of 5
At Home Wellington
$166 - $275 (NZD 198 - 328)
Ranked #1 of 50 hotels in Wellington
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