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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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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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Old St Paul's
Old St Paul's
Owner description: Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred, welcoming to all, in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Breathtakingly beautiful... more Owner description: Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred, welcoming to all, in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Breathtakingly beautiful - Wellington's famous Old St Paul's, constructed entirely of native timbers, is one of New Zealand's greatest heritage places. Experience the wonderful and sometimes quirky stories of this former cathedral church, its historic location and its people. Gaze at Old St Paul's unique colonial architecture, admire its exquisite embroidered furnishings and be awed by the colours of its beautiful stained glass windows. It is a magnificent example of timber Gothic Revival architecture. The site where Old St Paul's stands was formerly part of Pipitea Pa. For almost 100 years, Old St Paul's served as the parish church of Thorndon and the Anglican Cathedral of Wellington. It remains a place of spiritual significance to many and also has become a popular venue for a wide variety of cultural events. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Concerts
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Ortega Fish Shack
Ortega Fish Shack
Ranked #1 of 652 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Pizza Pomodoro
Pizza Pomodoro
Ranked #2 of 652 Restaurants in Wellington
Price: $10 - $19
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Takeout, Delivery
Hawthorn Lounge
Hawthorn Lounge
Ranked #3 of 652 Restaurants in Wellington
Dining options: Late Night
The White House Restaurant
The White House Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 652 Restaurants in Wellington
Price: $30 - $128
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
The Larder
The Larder
Ranked #5 of 652 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Eclectic
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

City Bed and Breakfast
City Bed and Breakfast
$12 - $141 (NZD 15 - 182)
Ranked #9 of 51 Wellington B&B and Inns
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The Dwellington
3.0 of 5
The Dwellington
$37 - $79
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YHA Wellington New Zealand
5.0 of 5
YHA Wellington New Zealand
$25 - $81
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Home From Home Stay
Home From Home Stay
$93 - $147 (NZD 120 - 190)
Ranked #3 of 51 Wellington B&B and Inns
Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast
Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast
$104 - $139 (NZD 134 - 179)
Ranked #5 of 51 Wellington B&B and Inns
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Gourmet Stay
3.5 of 5
Gourmet Stay
$67 - $161
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Acorns Wellington
4.0 of 5
Acorns Wellington
$120 - $153
Ranked #1 of 51 Wellington B&B and Inns
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City Cottages
4.0 of 5
City Cottages
$132 - $177 (NZD 170 - 229)
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At Home Wellington
4.0 of 5
At Home Wellington
$150 - $264 (NZD 194 - 341)
Ranked #1 of 48 Hotels in Wellington
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