Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington, New Zealand’s capital (population 346,000), is a superbly compact city, set on the shores of a deep harbour and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of wooded hills.

With around 400 cafes and restaurants, Wellington’s inner city has the highest concentration of eating establishments in New Zealand. It has the most vibrant entertainment district in the country, with some of the best bars, cafes, restaurants and theatres.

Wellington boasts an eclectic mix of shops. With a host of fashion stores and the country’s premier department store, Kirkcaldie & Stains, the city offers some of New Zealand’s best shopping opportunities.

Wellington, New Zealand

And it is home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet (which has put on a fantastic adaptation of The Nutcracker Suite – the children loved it!!) and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as national dance, drama, opera and musical groups. Four professional theatres operate year-round, so there are live shows every night. Wellington is also the home of much New Zealand heritage, including Te Papa, New Zealand’s national, leading edge museum.

Last, but not least, the southern-most of the North Island’s luxury accommodation, Lodges and Boutique Hotels, are found here:

  • Greenmantle Boutique Lodge
  • Hurunui Boutique Lodge
  • The Gatehouse