Located on the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington boasts a variety of one-of-a-kind sites and attractions. Though small, New Zealand’s capital city packs in a ton of charm, history, and breathtaking views worth putting on your bucket list.
Here are 5 things that make Wellington, New Zealand worth exploring.
1. Incredible Views
Known as “a place to watch the sky,” Mount Victoria rises 196 meters above the city of Wellington. Whether you choose to hike up the mountain or take a drive, the award of a 360-degree view of the city, harbor, and beyond makes the trip well worth it.
2. Rich History
The history of New Zealand lives in Wellington at Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand).
Te Papa is home to all things New Zealand – including exhibits on the nation’s history, Maori culture, and interactive displays for all ages. There’s a reason why more than a million people from all over the world visit this museum each year to immerse themselves in the New Zealand’s unique history.
3. Famous Filming Locations
Lord of the Rings fans rejoice… Wellington is home to nine LOTR locations including: the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, Rivendell, Osgiliath Wood and Paths of the Dead.
Avid fans may opt for a full-day guided tour with a knowledgeable guide to check out all nine of the locations. For those fans who are slightly less invested, there are accessible/marked filming locations along the way up Mount Victoria.
4. Charming Attractions
The iconic Wellington Cable Car wonderfully represents the small city’s charm.
Over a million passengers take the 5-minute trip to the top of Kelburn Hill on the Wellington Cable Car each year. At the top, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbor or explore the many beautiful acres of Wellington’s Botanic Garden.
5. Unique Wildlife
The world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, Zealandia, is another unique gem of Wellington.
Created with a 500-year-old vision to restore Wellington valley’s ecosystems to their pre-human state, Zealandia has reintroduced an incredible 18 species of native wildlife back into the area. It’s a one-of-a-kind spot to appreciate New Zealand’s ecosystem in its truest form.