Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, is located in a harbor at the bottom of the North Island. This position, on the coast surrounded by rugged green hills, helped it to get the nickname Windy Wellington. It has a fairly mild climate with a summer average temperature of 21 degrees and a winter average of 7 degrees.
Wellington has a multi-cultural environment with a large Japanese community. Ngaio and Wadestown are popular suburbs and the local school, Crofton Downs Primary, even teaches Japanese culture and language as part of its daily curriculum. There is also the Japanese Supplementary School which operates after school hours to help Japanese children maintain their home language and culture.
There is plenty to see and do in Wellington. It is home to the Weta Workshop. The creative special effects mastermind behind films like “The lord of the rings trilogy”, “The Hobbit” and “Mad Max”. They have great tours at their Miramar base. If you are interested in culture, why not visit Te Papa. This is New Zealand’s most famous and interactive museum. Situated in central Wellington it is easy to access by bus or train.
Wellington has the best public transport system in New Zealand. A network of trains and buses make it simple to get around the CBD and out to the suburbs. There is even a bright red cable car which is a great way to get to the top of Kelburn, where you can get a great panoramic view of Wellington city. While there you can visit the Botanical gardens. Set in 25 hectares of lush green gardens, there is something there to interest all ages.
Cuba Mall is one of Wellington’s main shopping destinations. A large pedestrian strip filled with cafes, bars and shops it makes for a fun place to spend a day. Stop and check out the famous bucket fountain, sure to delight young and old. Spend some time wandering around Lambton Quay with its mix of heritage buildings and modern shopping before visiting the waterfront.
Wellington’s waterfront is often host to food or cultural festivals that are entertaining and fun. There are also several interesting and informative heritage trails that you can explore to learn more about the city. The waterfront has space for exercising too, with a skatepark, bike and running tracks, it is a great place to burn some energy and explore. If that doesn't interest you stop in and visit one of the cafes or bars and relax in the sunshine with some of the best scenic ocean views in the city.
Absolutely positively Wellington is the capital city’s slogan and it is easy to see why. There's so much to do and see in this vibrant city placed right in the center of New Zealand.