Wellington Vacations

Wellington, on the North Island, is New Zealand's capital, set on the waters of Wellington Harbour and next to Cook Strait, is sometimes overlooked by travelers on their way to the South Island. Full of music, dance, culture, and the innovative museum Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which features interactive exhibitions. Walking, biking, ... Read more
and wineries are all a stone's throw out of town, while Malaysian restaurants are very popular within the city limits.

Wellington places to stay and top hotels

Wellington things to do and experiences




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Top Wellington restaurants

  • Aroha
    10.01 review
    Vegetarian, Vegan
    Popular withVegetarianBackpackers
  • Fidel's Cafe
    8.07 reviews
    Breakfast & Brunch, Cafe
    Popular withFoodiesTrendsters
  • Logan Brown
    10.05 reviews
    Bar, New Zealand
    Popular withFoodiesLuxury
  • Te Aro Fish Supplies Ltd.
    10.01 review
    Fish & Chips
    Popular withBackpackersFoodies

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Wellington reviews & trip reports

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    Art & Design Lovers
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  • 6.5
    History Buffs

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Windy.... windy... and guess what windy. That is what makes it so great. Once you laugh at yourself you can enjoy all that this town can offer.

Recommended for:Budget TravelersAdventure Travelers
Cardiff, UK

Wellington has been my favourite city in New Zealand by far. I thought of it like a mini Melbourne, with a cool, eclectic vibe that doesn't try to hard.

It has all the hallmarks of a great city - active and vibrant walkways

Recommended for:Family TravelersBackpackersTrendstersArt & Design Lovers
San Diego

Funky, eclectic, and just plain cool. Wellington has a Bohemian vibe that jives with it's beachside ambience, making it seem like the offspring of San Francisco and San Diego. Definitely worthy of the Coolest Little Capital in the World title.

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversStudentsTrendstersBackpackers
Local from Wellington

Had the winner of the Burger Wellington competition today at Charley Nobles. Yum!

Recommended for:Foodies
Local from Wellington, New Zealand

The Richmond Guest House is a lovely 19th century twelve room villa less than 1 km from Courteney Place and Wellington city, The Richmond has recently been refurbished and has had all its' original features including beautiful ornate plaster ceilings and cornices throughout.restored to its 'former grandeur We have twelve rooms, single, double and twin and triple all of which have there own bathrooms plus hairdryers and radio alarms and newspapers delivered to rooms daily.

There is a communal kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals with a connecting dining room where complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate is always available. Plus we have a computer set up in the dining room for free internet use and there is free WiFi throughout the building as well, We also have a TV lounge And free laundry use is available. We are a 100% non-smoking property and not suitable for children.

We are on the shuttle bus route and within a 10 minute drive to the Airport, Rail, Bus, and Interisland Ferry depot. (Approximately $25 for two from airport and ferry)

To quote your host John Cairns, We don't claim to be the Hilton, but if you are traveling to Wellington for business or pleasure, for one night or ten, we offer clean, comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

So next time you are in Wellington pay us a visit - Your Home Away From Home.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Nothing like your average capital city full of big government buildings. Wellington is beautiful and lively! Even from the little time I spent there I could tell Wellington is somewhere I would love to live! The only exception for me was that it was chilly there even in summer. But still I really loved the vibe! Wellington is definitely one of my favorite cities!

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversBackpackersBudget TravelersHistory Buffs

For a pastoral and nature infused country, Wellington is the urban heart of the nation. Hipster bars, amazing dining and enough art culture to push start the Lord of the Rings franchise.

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversNightlife LoversTrendsters
London, UK

Windy Wellington is where my in-laws live so will always be a place to go and visit family. It's a great place to find a spot in a coffee house and people watch. The museum Te Papa is fun for kids and adults alike.

Virginia, USA

Wellington is a vibrant city. It's beautiful and windy. The museum is free and really great!

Cambridge, UK

Wellington has a lot of character for a small capital city. Their marketing plays on this a lot, but I find the slogan too irritating to repeat here. Go during the Arts Festival if you can, but it's worth a visit at any time of year.