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Opened in the year 1998, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa gives you a memorable experience. Standing on the scenic waterfront area of Wellington, the museum has five main exhibits that provide a great insight into New Zealand's unique natural environment, the dynamic artistic legacy, fascinating history, Maori Taonga (cultural treasures) and the diverse pacific cultures. Te Papa Tongarewa that literally translates to 'container of treasures' is definitely a place to witness the riches of New Zealand.
Spread on an area of 25 hectares, Wellington Botanic Garden is a place to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand. The garden features a native forest, coniferous trees, plant collections and seasonal displays, along with some non-native species.
Learn about the unique wildlife of New Zealand at Wellington Zoo. Home to around 500 animal species, the zoo introduces you to the natives of New Zealand. Interact with the unusual species that are found no where else. Walk with kangaroos and emus and witness the tuatara up close. Kororā little blue penguins, Maud Island frogs, kunekune pigs, eels, grand and Otago Skinks and kea at the zoo will completely amuse you.
Zealandia is the first urban eco sanctuary of the world that aims to restore the ecosystem of New Zealand as it was originally before the arrival of humans. The beautiful reservoir is home to exquisite flora and fauna. New Zealand being an isolated region had a unique wildlife and vegetation but after human settlements around 50 species of the region became extinct. Spread on a land of 225 hectares, the eco sanctuary with its extensive conservation programme has been able to revive 18 native species that got extinct 100 years back. Visit the sanctuary to have an intimate encounter with some of these exotic species.
Movies like Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, King Kong and Thor have one thing common to them. It is the prop company, The Weta Cave, that has been responsible for creating the aesthetic environment of such award winning films. Enjoy a tour to Weta Studio wherein you will get to see the props and original costumes of the movie characters. You can also take part in its workshop and learn how the artists go about their work.
This is a specially curated tour for all the Lord of the Ring fans. The Wellington Lord of The Ring Tour will take you to the location of the movie in the scenic New Zealand countryside while giving you all the insider details of it. The professional guides will lead you through the middle earth and other famous locations in the movie. You will be also taken to the tour of Weta Studio which is responsible for the digital special effects in the trilogy.
Wellington, the beautiful capital of New Zealand near the North Island's Southernmost point is a place for explorers, gastronomes and adventure seekers. The vibrant city with a great mix of scenic beauty, historic legacy, rich culture and exquisite cuisine attracts globetrotters from around the world. Explore the city endowed with rich natural beauty. Its sandy beaches, beautiful harbour and surrounding hills offer a relaxing retreat. While the numerous art galleries and museums give a great insight into its rich heritage. Foodies are going to love the coffee capital that masters in the art of food. Besides it, there are some great adventures like motor biking, kayaking and hill trails to give you an adrenaline rush.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets to all the attractions of Wellington are easily available. You can purchase them offline as well as online. To avoid queueing at the ticket counters buy your tickets online from this site.
How To Get Around?
Wellington is not a big city. Most of its attractions, restaurants and cafes are within a walking distance. The central city area is only 2 km in diameter hence is easy to explore on foot. Plus, the city has an efficient transportation system to take you around. There are taxi services available to take you around the city. You can also explore the city on a bike. The hybrid electric vehicles by Mevo are also available that you can book for yourself. If you wish to enjoy some of the best views of Wellington, then try Wellington Cable Car.
What Should I Wear?
While New Zealand has laid-back attitude towards dressing, cities like Wellington do see stylish evenings. Pack a dress or two for the evening or a nice top with jeans will also do. Men can dress in their smart casuals. The winters are chilly for which you need to pack your warmest clothes. Even during the summers and spring, it gets cold as the sun sets with sudden showers hence bring a waterproof jacket.
Best Time to Visit
Summer months are the most crowded months in New Zealand. Thus, if you wish to enjoy Wellington avoid the peak months of December, January and February. It would be best to visit the city during the fall i.e. from March to May. The weather during this time is warm and the city is not much crowded like the summers. Winters are quite cold and chilly while the spring months from September to November are moderately cool. You can plan a visit during spring too.
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Will I Need a Guide?
The city is compact and can be explored easily. But if you are visiting it for the first time, plan your tour beforehand or take a guided tour so as to optimally utilize your time.
How To Get There?
Wellington is served by Wellington International Airport that connects it to major cities around the world. The city is also well connected by train. Northern Explorer runs from Auckland to wellington while Coastal pacific connects Picton and Christchurch to Wellington. There are numerous ferry services that run between North and South Islands of New Zealand via Cook Straight. The city is also accessible by road from the neighbouring cities.
Wellington is a safe city for tourists but as a precautionary measure remain vigilant about your surroundings.