Nestled between hills and harbour, Wellington is a compact, picturesque city that’s accessible and easy to get around. Located at the bottom of New Zealand’s North Island, the Capital acts as the nation’s transport hub and is easily accessed by international and domestic flights, interisland ferries, trains and automobiles.
Set around an attractive waterfront, you'll be hard pressed to find a city in the world that's easier to get around. A creative, cosmopolitan city, Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital with the warmth and personality of a village.
Visitors also love the stories of nationhood and heritage told at the spectacular Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, the acclaimed Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Parliament Buildings and the region’s many boutique museums.
Winter in Wellington
The Wellington region offers a mild, temperate marine climate, with plenty of wind. The temperature in Wellington will rarely rise above 25°C (77°F) or drop below 6°C (43°F). Wellington is however known for its southerly winds in winter, which make the temperature feel much colder.
Frosts are commonly experienced in the hill suburbs and the Hutt Valley during winter, while snow is very rare.
Wellington has heaps of great activities and attractions to keep you busy if you plan on extending your time in the capital city.
Take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paddle a waka (a traditional Māori canoe) on Wellington harbour. Te Wharewaka o Poneke's friendly and encouraging staff will teach you the mihi whakatau (welcome ceremony), some basic te reo (Māori language) and show you the simple hīrau (paddle) movements required to paddle a waka. Then take the water as a team, for an unforgettable cultural experience on the water.
The best way to discover the heart and soul of Wellington, is on foot. Warm the soul and join the Walk Wellington team. Their tours have enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guides who will show you the key historical and cultural sights of the vibrant city. Remember to bring a raincoat and warm clothing.
Te Papa Tongarewa translates literally to "container of treasures". A fuller interpretation is ‘our container of treasured things and people that spring from mother earth here in New Zealand’. Te Papa is New Zealand's principal museum tracking native and colonial culture as well as natural history.
Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, the culinary capital caters for everything from quick bites to long nights.
Winter dining is all about the flavours, the atmosphere and the warmth of company. Whether you’re looking to spoil yourself with the finest dining available, the cosy feel of comfort food or just to park up with a steak and a fireplace, Wellington’s got you covered this winter.
- Warm up with an organic, ethically-made (and delicious!) hot chocolate from Wellington Chocolate Factory.
- Cosy up with a whiskey by the fire or let the bartenders create something unique for you at speakeasy-style bar Hawthorn Lounge.
- Enjoy tasty international street food, buskers and people-watching every Friday and Saturday at Wellington Night Market.