By Shaina Cook
Wellington
New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand’s capital is a picturesque city filled with outdoor activities, arts and culture, and a thriving restaurant scene. Called the “coolest little capital city” in the world, Wellington’s year-round temperate climate and compact nature make it a popular leisure and business destination for travelers worldwide.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to plan your trip to Wellington with us. Because of its convenient location at the tip of the North Island right on the Cook Strait, Wellington can easily be accessed by air or by sea. Wellington National Airport (WLG) is located only a few miles from the central part of the city and with many options for traveling to and from the airport, including buses, shuttles, taxis, and rental cars, it’s easy for visitors to get to their destinations within Wellington quickly. Use EscapeWizard.com to book your flight to Wellington by visiting (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). The city is also a popular port for cruise ships and there is regular ferry service between Wellington and Picton, a city just across the Cook Strait on the South Island. There are many hotel and lodging options in Wellington, and EscapeWizard.com’s hotel finder (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) can help you book your accommodations at a great rate.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find much to do in and around Wellington. Set between the sea and a mountain range, Wellington offers exceptional views from lookout points around the area and a number of different outdoor activities. If you’re looking for an exciting adventure while in Wellington, EscapeWizard.com recommends taking mountain biking tours in the Rimutaka Range, sailing around Wellington Harbour, or diving to explore a shipwreck in Island Bay. For those looking for a more subdued outdoor activity, Zealandia: the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, is an amazing place to see New Zealand wildlife in its natural habitat. The Carter Observatory is also a great place for stargazing--just take one of Wellington’s famous cable cars to the Wellington Botanic Gardens.

For those interested in fitting in some culture into your vacation, Wellington is the perfect place to be. Film buffs may recognize the Wellington area from such films as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, and Avatar, and tours are available from downtown to visit filming locations. If Wellington’s notorious winds make indoor activities a better choice, EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting one of Wellington’s many museums and art galleries. Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, has great exhibits on the history of New Zealand and its indigenous people, the Maori. The Museum of Wellington City & Sea, located on Queens Wharf, focuses on the history of the city and its role as a major maritime destination. For those interested in art, City Gallery in Civic Square always has interesting art exhibits.

Foodies will find a plethora of world-class restaurants and cafes in Wellington--in fact, Wellington has more restaurants per capita than New York City! Almost any type of cuisine can be found in the city, from Malaysian to Turkish to Japanese. And the less gastronomically-adventurous need not be worried: classic fish and chips can be found in most cafes as well. The City Market on Sunday mornings on Chaffers Dock is a great place to sample local foods. If you’re looking to get out of the city for a day, EscapeWizard.com recommends touring the Wairarapa wine region just outside of Wellington, which is world-renowned for its pinot noir.

Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your next getaway to the “coolest little capital city” today! In a prime location on the coast surrounded by New Zealand’s unique geography, Wellington has something for everybody--and then some. City lovers will enjoy all that the downtown area has to offer, like international cuisine and museums. More outdoorsy visitors can explore Wellington’s wildlife and natural beauty and embark on endless adventures in the mountains and on the sea. For an exciting and enjoyable trip, book your trip to Wellington today!