When spreading the map of New Zealand, Wellington is the spot that is the North Island’s closest point to the South Island. The region is not large, but is the centre of New Zealand’s geographical and cultural development. There are plenty of opportunities for you to really immerse yourself in the city and participate in a vibrant arts scene and lively cultural events. Or, if it all gets too much, you can travel a short distance to recharge your batteries in the tranquil surrounding countryside.
One Wellington’s most notable characteristics is its hilly terrain, giving visitors great views of the coast from all over the city. It’s an intriguing place, for it fuses both coastal and contemporary urban elements. It has evolved into one of New Zealand’s must-visit destinations and in 2010 was named the fourth best city in the world by Lonely Planet. It is one of the largest cities in New Zealand, the southernmost capital city in the world and the first capital to greet the dawn at each new millennium.
Almost all Wellington residents live within three kilometres of the sea, while the inner suburb of Thorndon stakes its claim as the oldest suburb in the entire country. It is also the birthplace of the world-famous writer, Katherine Beauchamp Mansfield, acclaimed for being one of the best short story writers of her time. Her most famous works include Miss Brill, Prelude, The Garden Party, The Doll’s House and The Fly and you can visit her house and gardens in Tinakori Road.
The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, is another must-see when visiting Wellington. With a prominent waterfront location, the museum has interactive displays, which explain New Zealand’s rich history, as well as offering other interesting and constantly changing exhibitions.
The centre of Wellington is only two kilometres in radius; so you can walk from one end of the city to the other within 20 minutes. Wellington Zoo is the most ancient zoo in New Zealand and the old government building is the largest wooden edifice in the southern hemisphere.
Did you know?
Wellington has the fastest and one of the largest fibre cable networks in the world, providing high-speed data conversion and internet for the Central Business District.
Words: Kylie Ka Yee Ng