The expression is true – good things really do come in small packages. The New Zealand capital city of Wellington is a testament to this fact. Situated towards the southern end of the North Island, this funky city has been labelled ‘the coolest little capital city in the world’ – and for good reason. Book your affordable rental car with Ace today, and check out what Wellington is about!
With its strategic position between forest-filled hills and an expansive sweep of ocean, visitors will be treated to stunning views of New Zealand’s vibrant natural landscape. Combine that with a quirky café culture, vibrant art and culture scene and a rich history in movie-making magic, and you have all the ingredients for a fun and immersive holiday destination.
While there are plenty of attractions on offer, we list some of the top destinations and experiences to help make the most of your Wellington visit.
Step into the world of cinema
New Zealand has been forever immortalised as the stunning backdrop to iconic movies such as The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit franchises. Head to Weta Cave to get a unique, behind the scenes look at the impression level of production that went into bringing these masterpieces to life.
The mini-museum is dedicated to all things cinema and showcases the prop production, concept designs and special effects behind some of the world’s most popular films. You can even step into Middle-earth itself with a The Lord of The Rings location tour.
Get your culture on at the Museum of New Zealand
If you’re planning to visit any museum in New Zealand, then we highly recommend Te Papa Tongarewa, as the locals call it. With a wide selection of immersive, and carefully curated exhibits, this museum promises to take you on an epic journey of discovery – from the explosive creation of the country, to the Maori culture of the first settlers and on into the modern influence of European colonisation.
Top attractions within the museum include the Earthquake House, which, as the name suggests, involves the simulation of being caught in an earthquake. The Arts Te Papa collection is also worth your attention, including 11 galleries containing pieces from renowned New Zealand and Pacific Island artists.
Walk through the lush Wellington Botanic Gardens
Take a stroll through the vibrant oasis that is the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Sprawling across an impressive 25 hectares of the city’s adjacent hillside, this slice of nature affords stunning blooming flower displays and ample walking opportunities. Don’t miss the Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, with over 110 individual rose beds and a riot of stunning colours.
View the local wildlife
A family-friendly must, the Wellington Zoo is the oldest Zoo in the country and offers the chance to see New Zealand’s local animal life up close and personal – including the iconic kiwi bird, the country’s national emblem.
The zoo also holds all of your international favourites, from the Malayan sun bear, meerkats, big cats, chimpanzee, monkeys and more. The establishment is known for its conservation efforts and even contains an animal hospital – The Nest – which guests can visit to learn more about the work of the zoo’s dedicated veterinarians.
However you choose to spend your Wellington visit, this compact little city is simply overflowing with attractions for everybody to enjoy. Rent a cheap car from Ace today!
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