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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Wellington Region > Wellington

Wellington

New Zealand’s bustling capital is often seen as a transit point to make connections between the North and South Islands. However there is much more to Wellington, with its pleasant harbour front area that includes the excellent Te Papa museum.


Wellington is built around a hilly landscape; houses cling to steep hills and high rises occupy the precious flat space in the downtown area. Due to the lack of flat space Wellington began building multi-storey office buildings early on, and the town has a real big-city feel even though there are only 380,000 residents. The hilly terrain also prevented a lot of the suburban sprawl that you find in Auckland, making it an easily walkable city.
Like Auckland, New Zealand’s windy city is built around a spectacular harbour. This isn’t as big a feature in Wellington but the suburban ferry services make good day trips.
Apart from Te Papa, Wellington’s attractions include the Bond Store, a maritime museum; the Beehive, Wellington’s parliament house and the popular cable car ride between Lambton Quay and Kelburn.

Wellington in New Zealand from the Kelburn cable car

Practical information

INFORMATION CENTRES
Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre

Corner Victoria & Wakefield Streets, Wellington
Tel (04) 802 4860
Website www.wellingtonnz.com
Open Mon 8.30am-5.30pm, Tue 8.30am-5pm, Wed-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-4.30pm

Departm=ent of Conservation Visitor Centre

18 Manners Street, Wellington
Tel (04) 384 7770
Website www.doc.govt.nz
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-3.30pm

EMBASSIES
British Embassy

44 Hill Street, Wellington
Tel (04) 924 2888
Website www.britain.org.nz
Open Mon-Fri 8.45am-5pm

Canadian High Commission

61 Molesworth Street, Wellington
Tel (04) 473 9577
Website www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/newzealand/
Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm

United States Embassy

29 Fitzherbert Terrace, Thorndon
Tel (04) 472 2068
Website http://newzealand.usembassy.gov
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

INTERNET ACCESS
Cyberspot Internet Café

Lambton Square, 180 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Tel (04) 473 0098
Website www.cyberspot.co.nz
Open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 11am-3pm

iPlay

49 Manners Street, Wellington
Tel (04) 494 0088
Website www.iplaynz.com
Open 24 hours

 

Esquires Coffee (75 Featherston Street, Wellington & Courtenay Central, 100 Courtenay Place, Wellington) has free Wi-Fi access.

 



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