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8 Best Places to Visit in Wellington

Bindu swetha May 23, 2019
New Zealand, The Land of The Long White Cloud, is known for its beautiful amalgamation of scenic beauty and modern features. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is a small city blessed with nature’s beauty in the form of lush green hills and an infinite coastline.

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Cable Car and the Kelburn Lookout

The Wellington Cable Car was first opened for public in 1902, and has been operational since then, for more than 100 years now! 

The car takes you on a comfortable and visually beautiful journey up to  Kelburn Lookout at Kelburn terminus. This terminus also has a small museum that displays the antique car which used to run on the tracks back then.

Te Papa Tongarewa - The Museum of New Zealand

The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa showcases the cultural journey of Maori people and the social history of the Europeans and Maoris. The Maori people were the first to settle in the area and have influenced the nation with their social history.
The collection of treasures and fine arts of the Maori people are on display at the museum at the 'Mana Whenua' exhibition. 

The 'Earthquake house' stimulates the experience of being caught in an earthquake.

Various artworks which focus on New Zealand and Pacific Island artists are displayed at 'Toi Art' - the latest art space at Te Papa.

Wellington Botanic Garden

This cluster of gardens, a lush oasis in the city, is spread over an area of 25 hectares, and blooms with protected native and non-native diverse flora and fauna.

The Lady Norwood Rose Garden, one of the finest forests in the gardens here, has 110 rose beds!

The Carter Observatory in the eastern section of the garden organizes a wonderful planetarium show.

Zealandia Ecosanctuary

If you want to witness the true beauty of New Zealand, then Zealandia is a must-visit place.

Zealandia is known for its wide-spread area which houses the country's most preserved nature and wildlife. The 225 hectares sanctuary has native birds like Stitchbird, Saddleback, and Takahe - the endangered ones.
You can also catch a glimpse of the rare reptile named Tuatara. With 32 kilometres of walking trails and a museum which documents the natural history of the place, this urban eco-sanctuary must be on every traveler's list.

Princess Bay

The Princess Bay in the Houghton Bay district, is a beautiful family spot that has swimming pools covered with small rocks. The place is just 9 km south of the central city. The beach stretches across the South Island, and is perfect for strolling sessions on a clear day, in the late afternoon.

Wellington Zoo

Established in 1906, this oldest Zoo in New Zealand is known for its conservation efforts. The Malayan sun bear, giraffe, monkey, chimpanzee, meerkat, big cats, kiwi bird, tuatara reptile, and the like, can be seen when you visit the zoo.

The zoo's hospital, The Nest Te Kohanga, is open for visitors, to witness the efforts of the zoo's veterinarian staff.

The Beehive

As an extension of the parliament house, the Beehive was built in stages between 1969 and 1979.
The free one-hour tour sessions of the Parliament house are held between 10 am to 4 pm daily.

Tourists and locals can visit the important governing rooms and the gardens which have a wide variety of roses.

City Gallery Wellington

The contemporary art spaces, City Gallery Wellington, is located in the historic building of the city library. The place has temporary exhibitions of the famous and upcoming local, Pacific Island and International artists. The gallery has sculptures, paintings, photographs, multimedia and modern visual artworks.

Few More Spots to Visit

Matiu Island which offers the best hiking experience.

Katherine Mansfield House which was house to the famous author Katherine Mansfield.

Colonial Cottage museum which allows visitors to get a taste of the colonial Wellington.

Mount Victoria which offers beautiful cityscape views, and many more.