Wellington - the capital of New Zealand and Middle Earth for many Lord of the Rings fans. It's a cultural hub that features many high profile festivals and events and benefits from a lively, young and trendy atmosphere.
Whether you are living in New Zealand or just planning a visit, Wellington should be top of your list as no visit to New Zealand can be complete without a tour of what the Lonely Planet described as the "coolest little capital in the world."
Mount Victoria Lookout
Head to Mount Victoria to get a truly spectacular panoramic view of Wellington and the mountains beyond; there are numerous walking tracks you can take from the city to Mount Victoria so that you can feel you've truly earned your lunch.
Wellington Cable Car
Ride the historic 110 year old cable car up through the central business district and into the magical Botanic Gardens.
National Museum of NZ
Te Papa is an interactive museum dedicated to telling the story of New Zealand. Find out about the culture, geography, art and wildlife of New Zealand through exhibitions, performances, events and talks - all free of charge!
Dominion Post Ferry
This half hour ferry ride leaves the harbour for Days Bay, a tranquil little place with pristine beaches, a pretty park and boatsheds with an assortment of rowing boats and canoes that can be hired.
Where to Eat in Wellington
Wellington is also known as the culinary capital so choose from cosy, tucked away little cafes to lively and trendy bars in this cool little capital.
This hip and lively little cafe is open seven days a week for deliciously hot coffee and a selection of homemade cakes. It's friendly atmosphere and good food has given it a high scoring on Trip Advisor.
If you want something a little grander then head to Cuba Street where the Logan-Brown restaurant is situated. Its high-end cuisine is certainly not for the budget traveller but the personal service, lavish decor and excellent food is what has made its name.
Described as the "quintessential Wellington cafe experience" by the Lonely Planet; a place to experience Havana coffee and cake late at night and watch as the crowds mill by.
A flashing white rabbit greets you at the entrance to a narrow alley where you will find a curious little car named Alice. It's eclectic, funky and serves great cocktails making it a superb place to hang out with friends.
Housed in two historical workingmen's cottages on Wigan Street, the Havana Bar has carved out an impressive reputation for colourful characters, live music and great food. Its Cuban influence is all around, from the Spanish Tapas to the coffee and cigars. Give this little place a whirl!