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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.

All things to do » Things to do

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: Specialty Museums
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The Great War Exhibition
The Great War Exhibition
Owner description: The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War. Journey through the War, year by year, meeting the... more Owner description: The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War. Journey through the War, year by year, meeting the challenges faced by brave young soldiers. Experience the gritty hardship and the horror of the battlefields as seen by those caught in the conflict. The Exhibition, housed in the historic Dominion Museum in Wellington, is free for you to visit. A donation is gratefully appreciated. The Exhibition also offers you guided tours for a small fee. These depart every twenty minutes and are a great way to make the Exhibition come alive. We honour those lost in the Great War. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Botanic Garden
Owner description: Visit Wellington Botanic Garden and enjoy its 25ha of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over... more Owner description: Visit Wellington Botanic Garden and enjoy its 25ha of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city. The garden is a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area. Take the Cable Car up and follow the Downhill path to the city. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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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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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Owner description: ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington City. Affectionately referred to as a hidden gem ZEALANDIA received international acclaim for the... more Owner description: ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington City. Affectionately referred to as a hidden gem ZEALANDIA received international acclaim for the groundbreaking predator free 8.6km fence. Since the completion of the fence in 1999 ZEALANDIA has brought a number of native birds, reptiles and wildlife back from the brink of extinction where they now roam freely through the 225 hectare valley. A visit to ZEALANDIA is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a must for anyone visiting Wellington. There are a number treks to saunter, suitable for any fitness level. Alternatively step back in time with our interactive exhibition center or take a load off at the atmospheric Rata Café. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Ortega Fish Shack
Ortega Fish Shack
Ranked #1 of 823 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Hawthorn Lounge
Hawthorn Lounge
Ranked #2 of 823 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Bar
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Pizzeria Napoli
Pizzeria Napoli
Ranked #3 of 823 Restaurants in Wellington
Price: $7 - $18
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free
Good for: Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cin Cin
Cin Cin
Ranked #4 of 823 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Vegan, Mediterranean, European, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Logan Brown
Logan Brown
Ranked #5 of 823 Restaurants in Wellington
Price: $17 - $105
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, Gluten Free, Contemporary
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

YHA Wellington
5.0 of 5
YHA Wellington
$41 - $70
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The Cambridge Hotel
2.0 of 5
The Cambridge Hotel
$23 - $72
Ranked #13 of 50 Hotels in Wellington
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The Dwellington
3.0 of 5
The Dwellington
$20 - $64
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Gourmet Stay
3.5 of 5
Gourmet Stay
$99 - $147
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Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
4.5 of 5
Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
$107 - $194
Ranked #4 of 50 Hotels in Wellington
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Apollo Lodge Motel
4.0 of 5
Apollo Lodge Motel
$96 - $109
Ranked #10 of 50 Hotels in Wellington
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Acorns Wellington Bed and Breakfast
4.0 of 5
Acorns Wellington Bed and Breakfast
$125 - $156
Ranked #1 of 54 Wellington B&B and Inns
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At Home Wellington
4.0 of 5
At Home Wellington
$134 - $242 (NZ$192 - NZ$347)
Ranked #1 of 50 Hotels in Wellington
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Bolton Hotel Wellington
5.0 of 5
Bolton Hotel Wellington
$138 - $256 (NZ$198 - NZ$367)
Ranked #2 of 50 Hotels in Wellington
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