Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and once named by Lonely Planet as the 'coolest little capital in the world'. Set between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington has a vibrant and compact downtown area that is best explored on foot.
Some of the country's best art galleries, restaurants, microbreweries, and coffee outfits make their home here. Located on the waterfront is Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, a world leader in interactive and visitor focused museum experiences.
Wellington is home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. Visitors and locals alike are drawn by the government and business districts, the concentrated retail Golden Mile of Lambton Quay, the bohemian Cuba quarter or the entertainment of Courtenay Place.
This compact sity has great shopping, arts, culture, cafes and restaurants, all within earshot of untouched nature spots.