Abel Tasman Hotel Wellington

169 Willis Street, (formerly Leisure Inns Abel Tasman), Wellington, North Island, 6001, New Zealand
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  • Solo64
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Forum Posts

Coming in Early December - what to wear?

by romebound

hi, i'm coming to a wedding in wellington and afterwards will stay for a few days. how should i pack? i'm also going to Sydney, so i'm going to ask in that forum as well.


Re: Coming in Early December - what to wear?

by johnfromoz

Wellington is much cooler that Sydney, so a few warmer items plus a lightweight rain jacket should be included in your bags. "Kiwis" as New Zealanders are affectionately known as are also very relaxed when it comes to clothing, so again be comfortable.
The city averages about 169 days of sunshine per year. The climate is a temperate marine one, is generally moderate all year round, and rarely sees temperatures rise above 25 °C (77 °F), or fall below 4 °C (39 °F). The hottest recorded temperature in the city is 31.1 °C (88 °F), while -1.9 °C (28 °F) is the coldest. The city is notorious however for its southerly blasts in winter, which may make the temperature feel much colder. The city is generally very windy all year round with high rainfall

Travel Tips for Wellington

The Base of NZ's Film Industry

by fishandchips

Wellington has become the main city for the New Zealand film industry due to, in no small part, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and director Peter Jackson. Jackson has been making movies in the area for many years - starting with featurette The Valley in 1976 and feature film Bad Taste in 1987 (my favourite being Brain Dead) - and the area has grown in this capacity.

This has been also thanks to Weta Workshops who provide a vast amount of digital and all sorts of other functions in the making of movies.

At the end of Courtenay Place there is a large sculpture which is really an oversized movie camera on legs - looks like a sort of star wars type machine.

The City of the Tui

by Kakapo2

The other thing that absolutely fascinates me about Wellington is partly linked to the mass of pohutukawa around the place. Those trees are the perfect food source for honeyeaters and therefore attract the tui in the thousands.

Those big blackish birds with their fluorescent feathers and the distinctive white tufts on the throat fly around everywhere, even in the busy centre – wherever you find pohutukawa or NZ flax. I have photographed them in front of Parliament, in the Botanic Garden, at the War Memorial, just about everywhere.

The facts that we do not have tui in Christchurch surely adds to my fascination with those birds. Our main honeyeater is the bellbird. Having such exotic birds in a city centre where you would rather expect concrete buildings and traffic jams, adds to this fascination.

Photo 2 shows a tui singing in a tree next to the War Memorial.

The Stadium

by salisbury3933

There are plenty of rugby games held at this ground, the odd cricket game, as well as concerts and other events. If you're going to be in town, have a look to see if anything is on.

This photo is from a recent WWE event.

Check out Petone

by craic

It is just a short hop along the motorway from Wellington CBD. Go by train or by bus.
You can use a Discovery Pass or a Starpass for all day travel on the bus in Wellington and out to here. ($12 and $10 - you can also use these tickets on the Airport Flyer.)
If you are staying within Wellington then you only need a daytripper ticket. ($5 and there is an equivalent day tripper for the Hutt Valley.)
Petone (pronounced Pe- Tony) is the gateway to the Hutt Valley.
Catch an Eastbourne bus, or the Valley Flyer or the Airport Flyer. Other buses go through here too.
It is a great little area, nice shopping, lovely foreshore one block from the main drag which is Jackson Street. Cafes, pubs, and restaurants.
May I suggest a good day trip.
Morning tea in the Screaming Turtle Cafe. Check out the shopping and the foreshore and the Settlers Museum. Perhaps wander some back streets to see the cute old cottages.
Lunch in La Bella Italia (you will think you are in the beautiful country) then catch a 3-15 matinee at the Lighthouse Cinema.
Round it all off with a coffee at their cafe.

Then hit the pubs!!!!!

I have a Petone page so check out the fine details.

Petone - It rocks!

Lambton Quay

by fishandchips about Lambton Quay

Lambton Quay is a piece of road that strectches from Willis St all the way around to Molesworth St and it is full of good shopping options. Starting at Willis St end you have Dymocks bookstore on one side and the Old Bank Archade on the other (including Lush, Smiths Cafe and fashion stores). Moving down there is Esprite, Whitcoulls, CD Store, Borders, Kirkaldie & Staines (locals call this place Kirks), Living Nature and any number of nik nak places plus coffee and burgers as required. It's all down to you and what you want and/or fancy. Lambton Quay is long enough to give you sore feet. There is everything from food to music to beauty products so something for everyone on your group.


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 Abel Tasman Hotel Wellington

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Address: 169 Willis Street, (formerly Leisure Inns Abel Tasman), Wellington, North Island, 6001, New Zealand