Capital of New Zealand - City of Wellington

The city of Wellington, is the capital of New Zealand. It is a place of interest to all who enjoy a stroll along the waterfront, a hike through New Zealand bush, a day trip to the museum or a visit to the local gallery and stop by in one of the many cafés.

Wellington harbour

"Te Papa Tongarewa" as the "New Zealand Museum" is called is the first thing I think of when I think of Wellington. Te Papa is a Museum located right next to the water front. The first time I visited the museum I had to come back again the next day because it was so big that I didn’t have enough time on the first day to explore it. Te Papa isn’t your ordinary old fashioned museum, with most of the displays being interactive for the old, young and the young at heart.

Wellington the capital of New Zealand has also its very own zoo. It's not the biggest zoo in the world, but it is one of the few in the world that has the iconic New Zealand brown kiwi bird.

If you’re an art enthusiast then you will probably find an excursion to the Wellington gallery quite inspiring. The gallery stocks contemporary international art, New Zealand art, Pacific art and Maori art a short walk from central Wellington. You can pop in and have a quick browse through or if you’re the type that spends time to really take in the art work there is plenty to look at.

The city of Wellington also has a beautiful botanical garden located close to down town Wellington. The garden stretches for 25 hectares of hilly landscape covered in pristine plant life. There are also several walking tracks that wind through the garden perfect for an afternoon stroll while the sun casts shadows revealing the intricate pattern of the trees above. You can also combine the trip to the garden with a ride on the historical Wellington cable carts which were first opened over a decade ago. For more scenic and action loaded activities around the capital visit the page on activities in the capital of New Zealand.

Wellington is home to the parliamentary building the Beehive. The building received this name because the Executive Wing resembles a skep which is a woven bee hive. Tours are offered at the "Beehive" so you can take a closer look on how New Zealand politics works. Fans of architecture can even have a look inside some of the rooms.

The city of Wellington is a great place to tour, have a look around or attend one of the major Wellington events that come to New Zealand. There are heaps of things to keep you occupied.

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