Wellington

Beautiful Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, hemmed by hillsides and a magnificent glittering harbour. Wellington is the trend capital (although it is in constant battle with Auckland for this title) and given the relatively small population, there is an astounding number of world-class restaurants, trendy caf├ęs, chic bars and beautiful shops and boutiques for you to explore. The picturesque town is lain with timber Victorian terrace houses the steep up from the waterfront in a very San Francisco style.

Wellington is the home of New Zealand's dynamic film industry and has earned itself the name "Wellywood". You know when a crew has just hit town because the mood lifts and all of a sudden there's a little extra something adding to the charms of this town. Wellington is home to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, and the success of his films has put Wellington on the map!

Population: 431,000

Airport: Wellington International Airport [WLG]

Attractions:

Wellington Botanic Gardens are easily visited with a cable cart ride and is home beautiful large gardens including the Lady Norwood Rose Garden with over 100 rose species. Visitors can also visit the teahouse located on the grounds and the headquarters of the World Wide Fund for Nature and its information displays.

The Cable Car is one of Wellington's prime attractions and chugs sweetly up the hill from Lambton Quay to Kelbourn. The view from the top is amazing and its photo opps galore, with magnificent views of the Botanic Gardens, Carter Observatory and the Cable Car Museum.

If you?re a Lord of the Rings fan why not go on Wellington's exclusive Lord of the Rings tour? Follow in the footsteps of Hobbits, Dwarfs, Elves and Men for a unique full day experience that visits nine different movie locations.

Transport around City: Buses, Ferries and trains are available around the city. Taxis and Car Rental are also popular methods of travel.

Recommended Restaurants: Boulot Restaurant and Bar (Wellington City), Dockside Restaurant and Bar (Wellington City), Ichiban Tepanyaki (Lower Hutt City), The White House Restaurant (Wellington City).

Recommended Bars: Arizona Bar and Grill (CBD), Tupelo (CBD), Bodega Bar (Te Aro), Concrete Bar and Restaurant (Lambton Quay).

Recommended Hotels: Bolton Hotel , City Life Wellington, Hotel Intercontinental Wellington, Duxton Hotel.

Climate: Wellington is known as the winter city for its winter/autumn weather.

Culture: European and Maori.

Best time of year to travel: February, March.