Wellington Travel Guide

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Wellington Things to Do

  • Parliament Buildings & Beehive

    Take a guided tour and learn about how New Zealand's government works. You'll see how laws are passed. Bills are introduced into the democratically elected House of Representatives, who then vote on them. When a Bill is passed, it then becomes an Act. New Zealand remains a constitutional monarchy, officially under the Queen, represented by the...

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  • Wellington Cable Car

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    With over 110 years of service to the City of Wellington, the Wellington Cable Car allows easy access for pedestrians between Lambton Quay (downtown Wellington) and the Botanic Garden and Kelburn lookout where great views can be enjoyed over Wellington. There are three intermediate stops which allow easy access to local residences and business...

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  • Mt Victoria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If Wellington is like San Francisco, then Mt Victoria is like Twin Peaks. It's the best place within the city to enjoy a panoramic overview of the harbour, the city centre, and the nearby suburbs. Incidentally, the slopes of this hill provided one of the settings for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Wellington Restaurants

  • Fishermans Table

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant has a perfect location - situated at the waterfront of Oriental Bay, only a short distance to Wellingtons city center, it has a splendid view of the bay and the harbour district. The restaurant is very popular among both locals and tourists. So it is highly recommended to reserve a table in advance. Service and quality were...

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  • One Red Dog

    4 out of 5 stars

    One Red Dog is listed as a pizza restaurant and it, in my experience, delivers some of the best. Located off Wellington's Courtenay Place in Blair St, ORD is very popular so get there early. There are tables in prime locations by the window and many others dotted around catering for different group sizes. Another feature of ORD is its home brewed...

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  • Soi Cafe and Bar

    This restaurant is located so superbly - right on the water at Greta Point with a view of planes taking off and landing at Rongotai Airport - that I could have forgiven quite a lot. As it was there was really nothing to forgive. I even liked the adventure of not being sure where it was. Bit of a cunning lark that. It was obviously a boat house and...

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Wellington Nightlife

  • Welsh Dragon Bar

    The Welsh Dragon Bar is located on an island between Cambridge Tce and Kent St in a what was once a public toilet. It was a toilet stop for the trams and plays on both Welsh culture and former building purpose with their motto - "come in for a leek". I met Craic and Kiwi here for the start of a pub crawl and it was very quiet indeed - lots on...

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  • The Thistle Inn

    The Thistle Inn is an interesting place to visit for an evening drink. It's history begins in 1840, where it stood very near to the waterfront until land was reclaimed in 1876 pushing the foreshore further away. Check out the photos on the wall, depicting this. Some photos from early years and comparisons with how things are now. There is a lot of...

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  • Live Music

    Wellington does not have a live music scene comparable to New York or San Francisco. But the Lido does feature some of the best local talent. And there are some really good bands here. Casual.

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Wellington Transportation

  • Fly to/from Wellington

    Wellington Airport offers links to locations throughout the north and south islands of New Zealand, as well as international connections to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.I flew from Rotorua to Wellington to save time rather than taking an Intercity coach. We flew on a small twin-prop engined, Air New Zeland craft with great views during the...

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  • Airport Transfer

    Looking to transfer from Wellingto Airport to the city centre?Why not hop on the express bus for a one-way fare of $9?

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  • East-West Ferry

    We're staying in Eastbourne, just accross the Wellington bay. Reaching Wellington is easy with the ferry, in about 20 minutes. It has several stops in the bay. they not only serve freshly brewn coffee, but also a full range of beers and wines. We bought a 10 trip ticket - $85 - on board.

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Wellington Shopping

  • Your actual Mall experience

    Your bog standard mall in Lower Hutt - about 15 k from Wellington CBD.Complete with thundering music - each shop competing with what the mall had got going as an overall theme - lack of daylight - and no exit signs. I got hopelessly lost - as per usual.But I did find a cheap and cheerful Indian place called Spice Traders in the food court on Level...

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  • Recycled fashion heaven!

    An amazing little new and recycled designer fashion store has opened in Wellington that made my day! Unlike other recycled designer stores in Wellington i found this one was very reasonably priced and it had a wide selection of styles and brands. The staff where friendly and not afraid to give an honest opinon what they thought. i was also pleased...

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  • New and used music

    Real Groovy has been an icon of Auckland music for many years and also has stores in Christchurch and here in Wellington. On offer are CD's, old & new vinyl albums and DVS plus a range of clothes, a few books, some console games (Xbox etc) and action figures. The prices are not too bad though the DVDs are normally cheaper at JB Hi Fi on Willis...

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Wellington Local Customs

  • get thee to an espresso bar!

    There are reportedly more cafes in Wellington per capita than anywherelse you can think of (how's that for scientific?)A glossary:Flat White: espresso drink with unfoamed milkLong Black: espresso with hot water (aka an Americano)Cappuccino: espresso with lots of steamed and foamed milkLatte: espresso with LOTS more steamed and foamed milk - often...

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  • Flashing the plastic

    People in NZ eftpos all the time. They don't seem to carry cash. Mothers in my local shop eftpos 2 ice creams for their rugrats. A visitor was going to eftpos a one dollar postcard until I batted her aside and bought it for her. A friend eftposed a 2-50 coffee. No one turns a hair.Apparently you pay something like 5 bucks a month and you can eftpos...

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  • The (boring) squabble between Aussies...

    Please - nobody mention pavlova!!!! I know who invented pavlova. (It was a kiwi, right?)I was highly amused wandering Wellington yesterday near the carillion which is also a War Memorial - to find a statue in honour of the man with the donkey who rescued the wounded at Gallipoli during WW1. Apparently he was a New Zealander. I was amused because...

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Wellington Warnings and Dangers

  • Places to avoid in Wellington.

    Exercise extreme caution when travelling to Porirua. It is a very dangerous place, don't be fooled by the pictures, it is where all the criminal gangs are located. You must never travel to Cannon's Creek though, it is filled with unsavory people that would be willing to injure you for your money.

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  • Be generous with public Toilet Paper

    I do not know if you know that I am a big fan of New Zealand’s public toilet system, providing toilets even in the middle of nowhere, and in most cases stocking them with enough toilet paper, so you do not have to desperately search your handbag and/or pockets for tissues. You surely know what I mean.However… I must really warn you about the public...

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  • Liquor Ban in the City Centre

    Thanks to misbehaved, fighting and worse individuals, hanging around in the city centre, the City Council has just (March 2008) passed a bylaw that prohibits drinking alcohol in public places. Police reports clearly show – not only in Wellington – that aggression and violence rise with the consumption of alcohol, and the more restricted the...

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Wellington Tourist Traps

  • You'll need a loan to pay car parkings!

    Car parkings are very expensive in Wellington, up to 4NZ$ per hour with a maximum 2 hours stay!Don't try to park in supermarkets parkings, they are watched. We only managed to find a long-stay parking area in cinemas :) When booking an accomodation in Wellington, choose one with private parking!

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  • Time Warp in Te Papa

    The Time Warp is too overpriced for the service. Basically it is a motion cinema with 3D-effects where you can go back and forwards in time in order to see what NZ would have been or would be like. The show lasts about 10 min and nothing is documented, it's only a visualshow. You get less for what you pay!

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  • Bee-hive or Bee-hype?

    I had seen pictures of this, and I wanted to have my own. Well, much ado about nothing. The architecture is interesting, but you can't get into the building, and there wasn't a good angle anywhere to take a nice shot. But at least I can say, been there, done that. I'm beginning to realise that all the postcard photographers around the world must...

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Wellington What to Pack

  • by grkboiler Updated Feb 9, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is a good idea to bring a jacket to Wellington. It is windy here, and the weather can change without notice.

    It was sunny a half hour before this picture

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Wellington Off The Beaten Path

  • Mt Victoria, at night

    Wellingtons Mt Victoria mentioned in certain tourist publications as one of the best scenic views of a city in the world , Well this i heratly agree with in the daylight it is great but after dark its' awesome , its' as though yo are in a big city , you can stand in one spot and see 360 degree views so beautiful so aewsome , not to be missed

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  • St. Gerard’s Monastery - high above...

    Thanks to its location on a cliff high above Oriental Bay this Catholic red brick monastery is one of Wellington’s most striking landmarks. Built in 1932, it was funded by donations in the time of depression, and integrated into an existing church from 1908. The three-storey building became home of the Redemptorists who had come to NZ in 1883. The...

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  • Check out Thorndon

    It is not exactly off the beaten path - but I am going to use this section to describe suburbs which seem worth devoting some time to. Thorndon is actually close to the CBD. The pretty part with all the cafes and quaint wooden houses and antiquey shops starts about half way up Bowen St (near the railway station) and continues along Tinakori Rd....

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Wellington Sports & Outdoors

  • Rugby

    Rugby is the NZ national game and it's a well supported sport in Wellington. The local Wellington Stadium aka the Caketin is a great place to go to a game as the stands completly encircle the ground. The local team plays Rugby like France plays Football - you never know which team is going to turn up on the day. There are covered seats up the...

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  • TSB Bank Arena - the largest indoor...

    This venue at Queen’s Wharf is Wellington’s largest indoor sporting stadium, and home to the Wellington Saints basketball team and the Capital Shakers netball team – if the latter change their name (what happened lately) I will almost certainly not get aware of it, as I am absolutely not interested in netball. I think they should play basketball if...

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  • The Wellington Phoenix - best Football...

    The Wellington Phoenix are New Zealand’s only professional football team, playing in the Australian A-League. They are the successors of the Auckland Knights who did not attract any supporters (ok, ok, a handful were there for most games…). The NZ football federation had to negociate with the Aussie federation to keep the license in NZ, and a rich...

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Wellington Favorites

  • Parliament Buildings

    Parliament has been located in Wellington since 1865 when it was moved from Auckland - not the building obviously! The Beehive is one of New Zealand's icons though it's only the building that has the offices of the MPs and the Prime Minister.

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  • Internet Connections

    This was the most amazing machine I found! Here you can free up some memory space on your digital camera by a number of ways: Print digital photos from $1-45 NZD per print. Edit digital photos. Email your digital photos - $5 NZD total. Save digital photos to CD. Your own CD $5 NZD CD supplied $15 NZD Upload digital photos to...

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  • The Base of NZ's Film Industry

    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...

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    Nov 15, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    To celebrate the World Premier of the movie "The Hobbit", Wellington will be renamed as the "Middle of Middle-earth" from Saturday 24 November until the end of the premiere on Wednesday 28 November. Lots of festivities and fun during that time.

 
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