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This area of North Island is home to 380,000 people.
A trip to the Wellington Cable Car or the Weta Cave is a perfect chance for some quality family time. If that isn't enough to wear the kids out, why not make the trip to the New Zealand Film Archive and the Embassy Theatre as well?
Keen to encourage your children's curiosity about the world of wildlife? Take them on an excursion to the Wellington Zoo, where they'll discover what an animal loves to eat, what sound it makes and much, much more!
You needn't be an experienced gardener to get something out of the lush gardens at the Botanic Gardens and the Otari-Wilton’s Bush. Another delightful option is the Otari - Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.
Keen on an alfresco lunch? Grab some sandwiches and crisps and take off to Waitangi Park or Frank Kitts Park for a relaxing picnic. Or, spend the day outdoors at Wahine Memorial Park or Central Park.
Want to know about upcoming events, tours, local hotspots or kid-friendly outings? Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre and Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre are the places to turn to for any questions you may have about your visit.
If you love collecting the odd seashell and the feel of salty wind whipping through your hair, plan a visit to Oriental Bay Beach and Scorching Bay Beach. Lots of visitors also enjoy taking a stroll along Plimmerton Beach, another popular stretch of coastline.
You probably already know about its must-see museums and malls, but don't forget that Wellington has some excellent natural havens too. Zealandia and Matiu - Somes Island are two to consider. Rimutaka Forest Park and Red Rocks Reserve are two more that are worth checking out.
If the weather isn't looking good, go to the Cable Car Museum. Peruse the interesting objects or just relax in the tranquil surroundings. Want more? The Cricket Museum and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre are also highly recommended. Remember to ask the friendly staff about guided tours.
Boat building and navigation techniques have played a huge role in shaping many countries throughout the world. To find out more about the maritime history of the region, set course for the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.
Challenge your mind with some time at Carter Observatory. While there, don't forget to enquire about any special exhibits. Believe us, you won't want to miss a single thing!
With quite a few splendid art exhibitions to choose from, you might need a friendly push in the right direction. We suggest picking up a strong coffee and making your way to the City Gallery Wellington or the Dowse Art Museum. More colourful paintings and inventive sculptures can be found at the Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture and the Dowse.
Take an eye-opening journey into days gone by at the Te Papa and the Maori Treasures. Both exhibits pride themselves on making the city's rich history relevant and entertaining to audiences.
Exploring important historical attractions is a wonderful way to better understand times gone by. Dig into Wellington's past at the Old St Paul's and the Old Government Buildings. The Victoria University of Wellington and the National War Memorial are also worth spending some time at.
You don't need to be devout to visit St Paul's Cathedral and Greek Orthodox Church, two attractions famous for their historical and spiritual value. Wesley Wellington Methodist Parish and Russian Orthodox Church are some other historically important places of prayer to explore.
You'll probably feel like you've crossed everything off your list after seeing Wellington's biggest attractions, but don't check in for that flight home just yet. There are still plenty of surprises left. Why not head over to the Central Library and the National Library? Bucket Fountain and Archives New Zealand are two more options to consider.
Being the fabulous national capital, it isn't going to be hard finding your hotel in Wellington. There are more than 99 accommodations listed on lastminute.com.au.
Shoestring travellers can rest easy. Budget rooms await at The Cambridge Hotel and the Base Wellington - Hostel. These digs are proof that excellent service doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Or maybe you'd rather indulge yourself in more luxurious surrounds? Then let the professional staff at the Ohtel and the InterContinental Wellington take care of you.
18 Oct. - 19 Oct.
It was great being right in town. We didn’t take our car and walked and bussed everywhere and it was nice. It was much quieter than we thought it would be being where it is. Would definitely stay here again.
27 Sep. - 28 Sep.
Location was good. There was a low level buzzing sound of some sort of technology in the room all night. I was told that parking in Panama street was fee from 6pm but I got a ticket as the WCC says its from 8pm.
27 Sep. - 28 Sep.
I love this hotel and return over and over again. The staff were particularly friendly this stay. This particular trip I was disappointed to find the Nespresso machine did not work - but I just popped across the road to get a coffee.
4 Oct. - 5 Oct.
Location is fantastic and makes it easy to get around. Lovely room.
16 Oct. - 17 Oct.
Positioned at a great location with easy access to shops and the wharf. Clean accommodation. Comfortable bed with choice of pillow types. Nice bar area. Wait staff at breakfast were smiley and pleasant. Breakfast was reasonable. The head wait staff was curt and impatient. Unsmiling and dour. I would ...
4 Oct. - 5 Oct.
Good clean well placed family friendly hotel. Breakfast was excellent.