Presentation of the destination
Capital of New Zealand, Wellington is located in the center of the country, at the southern tip of the northernmost island. If it is the second most populated city in the country, Wellington benefits mainly from an exceptional geographical setting and an absolutely splendid surrounding nature. Ideally located between the beaches of the Kapiti Coast and several mountain ranges such as Rimutaka or Wairarapa, it offers visitors an ideal base for exploring the region. But the city has much more than its environment to offer and the sports and cultural programs are rich throughout the year. Theater, cinema, shows and other music festivals follow one another in this city where the nightlife is bubbling. A vital hub of the country's business and politics, seat of government, Wellington also concentrates its artistic movements and does not lack initiatives to surprise its many visitors.
Points of interests / things to see
Visiting a world capital that has 500 square kilometers of regional parks and forests and is covered with bike paths can seem surprising, yet it is what awaits the visitor to Wellington. New Zealand is a land of nature and everything tends to remind you, even in the largest cities of the country. Wellington is ideally located close to the Cook Strait which separates northern and southern parts of the island. From Wellington, one can see the Kaikoura peaks and, to the north of the city, the Kapiti Coast beaches. The town is bordered by the Rimutaka Mountains and the Wairapa Wine Region. If the city is an abundance of nature in itself, it is surrounded by natural resources that make it an idyllic place to stay and the starting point of a thousand activities. Another geographical curiosity, it is the most southern capital of the globe and the most isolated. Surrounded by mountains and beaches, it develops from a limited space that increases its density of inhabitants as it develops, unlike other cities in the country who tend to stretch out. The port is also renowned for the magnificent panorama it offers visitors, with its green hills whose slopes are covered with peaceful little houses.
It's no coincidence that the city has been ranked the world's 12th most liveable city in the Mercer rankings and even for some of the world's 'coolest capitals' ". Among the attractions of the city, apart from the extraordinary nature that surrounds it, is the cost of affordable living, especially in comparison to many other capitals in the world where prices tend to flare up. New Zealand has even become an attractive place for business and its cities are new paradises for expatriates. To discover the economic buzz of the city, you have to go to your business district. More than 62,000 people meet each other every day. The heart of cultural life is on Courtenay Place, south of the business district, in the area called Te Aro. Its grandiose landscapes are also one of the country's most valuable assets, to the point that director Peter Jackson chose them as part of his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Other films of Peter Jackson have also been filmed in these splendid decorations, notably "King Kong" or "Avatar".
The one nicknamed "Windy Wellington" or "Windy Welly" supports a strong and permanent wind that owes to its situation in the roaring quarantines. The abundant rains are more numerous in winter but generally present all year round. Temperatures are typical of an oceanic climate: mild winters with an average temperature of 10Â ° C and summer rather cool with an average of 20Â ° C. A special feature of the region, Wellington is prone to strong earthquakes as a major fault crosses its downtown core and several other faults surround it. It is not uncommon to feel small tremors but most buildings have been built to strict seismic standards.
The city of Wellington has a rich cultural life and offers visitors a wide variety of activities in this area. First, it hosts many festivals, like the New Zealand International Arts Festival or the International Jazz Festival. On these occasions, the city puts on many shows and vibrates to the sounds of local and international artists. These events contribute to the cultural dynamism of the city and make it live intensely all year long. To see a show or see a theater, Wellington has several venues such as the Saint James Theater, the Downstage Theater, the Bats Theater, the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and the Wellington Performinf Arts Center. . The Toi Poneke Cultural Center is home to many of the city's artistic movements and is the initiator of several projects each year in the image of the Artsplash Festival. In addition, the city tries to encourage experimental artistic initiatives such as those published in White Fungus Magazine. The art feats will therefore not be hard to occupy in Wellington and will be able to enjoy many points of cultural interest, centers, concerts and other exhibitions. Finally, the city is also known to have a very strong culture of coffee, t6 less sympathetic to the sweetness of life that makes its reputation.
Not yet satiated with culture? The city has not said its last word and offers a large number of museums. Perhaps the most important is Te Papa Tongarewa, a national museum facing the bay and offering a rich exhibition of New Zealand history, art and culture. © moor. The Museum of Wellington City & Sea stands on the city's waterfront and was originally a naval museum before expanding its collection. Lovers of literature will not hesitate to visit the former home of the country's greatest author, Katherine Mansfield. In the suburb of Mount Cook, there is the Colonial Cottage Museum, dating from 1858, considered the oldest building in the city. We learn the story of the first settlers who arrived in the city. For an in-depth look at the world of Cricket, the New Zealand Cricket Museum is the place to be. It completes perfectly the knowledge of this Anglo-Saxon culture which strongly impressed the country. The most popular venue for visiting temporary exhibitions is the City Galley, located on Civic Square, which offers a year-round exhibition program for art lovers.
Among the things to do in the city, attending a sports match, football, cricket or rugby, is part of the authentic shows and essential to understand the local culture. This offers a great opportunity to visit the Westpac Stadium. The zoo of the city allows to discover a little better the fauna of the region. To observe nature in a more preserved context, the Karori Sanctuary, located just minutes from the city, gives a true picture of Wellington's animal life. For ever more greenery, even within the city, the visitor can choose to browse the botanical garden of the city.
The city of Wellington can boast of offering a rich program of music and art. There are many festivals throughout the year and the visitor who comes to stay will most likely have the opportunity to attend one of these popular and festive events. These include, apart from the New Zealand International Arts Festival already mentioned, the Cuba Street Carnival, the New Zealand Fringe Festival between February and March of each year, during which the best of national artistic production is PRA © © Senta. Summer City, from December to March, offers sports events and live music. The New Zealand Affordable Art Show as well as film festivals and the World of Wearable Art also take place. All the arts and different musical styles come to express themselves in the city through these meetings. Sporting events round out this exciting scene with the Hertz Sevens, which for two days in February sees 16 international rugby teams competing in the Westpac Stadium. For children, Capital E! occupies the last two weeks of March with a festival of arts that is especially dedicated to them. Finally, the waterfront walks during the month of March are full of live music thanks to the JimBeam Homegrown which presents the best DJs and groups in the country to liven up the evenings of the locals and visitors. .
The advantage of the city center is to be compact enough to be walked from one end to the other. This makes it easier to get around and visit those who like to roam the streets to capture the local life and be surprised by an unexpected neighborhood. There are four main neighborhoods. The Courtenay district concentrates most of the nightlife and is a key location for public transport. The Cuban district has a special atmosphere and offers bars and restaurants. In the Lambton district, there are mostly shops for shopping. Finally, the seafront offers a superb view and access to several museums.
A rather original feature, the city of Wellington has more cafes per person than New York. That says a lot about the strong coffee culture that reigns there. There is a delicious cafe of course, as well as all kinds of refreshments, but we come here mainly for the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that reigns there. In terms of cuisine, the finest restaurants are located in the neighborhoods of Cuba Street, Manners Street and Courtenay Place. There are various international cuisines including several restaurants offering Indian cuisine. Recommendations include Tulsi Contemporary Indian Cuisine and all the family restaurants around Cuba Street.
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How to get there ?
The question arises of being able to join this city with the thousand activities of nature and culture, capital of New Zealand offering panoramas féériques. Of course the city has its own international airport. Although the latter is rather modest, it hosts several international and domestic flights. It is so easy from Wellington to reach the main cities of New Zealand such as Auckland or Dunedin, but also Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sidney in Australia, or Nadi in Fiji. Once at the airport there are three options to reach the city center. The first, the most expensive, is the taxi. It is also the easiest and it allows to reach the city center of Wellington as soon as possible. Those planning to circulate around the city to explore the surrounding area can go to the rental car. As soon as you arrive, it's easy to find out from the many renters about the conditions. If you like to travel more authentically or economically, you will prefer to use public transport. Buses regularly connect the airport and the city for a disastrous cost. By train, a line called Overlander connects Wellington to Auckland every day during the tourist season, from December to April, then three days a week the rest of the year.
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