Wellington Essentials:

How big is Wellington?
Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and its urban land area covers close to 444 km2 (171.4 sq mi).
How many people inhabit it?
Close to 400,000 people reside in Wellington.
What are the language and the currency?
They speak English primarily in Wellington, but Māori is also spoken throughout New Zealand. They spend the New Zealand Dollar.
  • Overlooking beautiful Wellington
Overlooking beautiful Wellington

Things to see in Wellington

The Wellington Cable Car
What is Wellington's number one attraction?
The Wellington Cable Car comes highly recommended by many visitors to this New Zealand city. It offers great views of the city and only costs a couple of dollars to ride. The Cable Car runs on rails from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Garden in Kelburn every ten minutes and is the ideal means of seeing the city.
Anything else which shouldn't be missed in Wellington?
If you want more great views of the city of Wellington then you are in for a treat as the city is surrounded by hills and offers some great look out points. Try Mount Victoria or Mount Kaukau.
What about art and culture?
Arts and culture is represented in Wellington through museums and galleries. Te Papa is the National Museum and offers free entry. Here you will get to see some of the countries historical treasures. Then there’s the Museum of Wellington City & Sea where you will find the history of Wellington, including its maritime history. The City Gallery and the National Library are also worth a look if you are still looking to sample some arts and culture.

Going out in Wellington

Courtenay Place is a top spot for nightlife
Is it expensive to go out in Wellington?
Not really as most places charge affordable prices for beverages and there are rarely cover charges or entry fees.
Where are most of the bars found?
In Wellington the nightlife is electric and always busy. You will find the hub of Wellington’s entertainment along Courtenay Place which is one of the major streets running through the centre of the city. This area is always packed full of nightlife entertainment.
Is there anything to do that doesn't include alcohol?
Cafe culture is big in Wellington so you could check out one of the many cafes in the city.
Anything else I need to know?
If you are wondering what to wear on a night out in Wellington just be aware that some clubs have reasonable dress code standards, but in saying that some places keep the casual day time attire running through the night too.

Eating Out in Wellington

Great choice of food in Wellington
Is it expensive to eat out in Wellington?
It depends on what you want to eat but you can eat out on good food at affordable prices in Wellington. You will find all kinds of restaurants and eateries around the city and suburbs.
Are international cuisines well represented?
Yes, very. Malaysian food is very popular across Wellington, as too is Lebanese. There’s also Indian, European, Japanese and some good vegan/ vegetarian options available too.
Anything else I need to know?
It has been said that Wellington has in fact more cafes, bars and restaurants per head than New York City so be prepared for a lot of choice!

Transport in Wellington

Wellington has great public transport
How many different modes of public transport are there in Wellington?
The three main forms of public transport in Wellington are buses, commuter trains and suburban ferries.
Is there one ticket which covers bus and train?
No, but you can buy various types of tickets/ passes that will cover you for a number of trips or a time limit on either buses or trains.
Will I need to use public transport at all?
It is relatively easy to get around the central city on foot as Wellington is compact and pedestrian friendly. However, Wellington is known to have the best public transport network in New Zealand so if you do need to use it, it will be easy to do so.
Anything else I need to know?
There is a great phone hotline and a user friendly website that you can get great information for all of Wellington’s public transport on. Metlink is the name of this organisation and is also provides a text bus service where you can just text the bus stop number from any New Zealand mobile phone to receive the time the next bus is timetabled to arrive. Very handy to avoid long waits!
  • Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011
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