If you have decided to go to Wellington for your next holiday, then you will certainly not regret it – New Zealand’s capital city has everything one can wish for! From history and culture to traditional and modern art and architecture, Wellington is a vibrant and lively city that is surrounded by the ocean and hills.
Here is a brief holiday maker’s guide to Wellington, encompassing some of the tourist attractions that you must not miss:
Zealandia is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wellington – this is an innovative eco-attraction that showcases the natural history of the country. There are many species of rare insects, birds and reptiles that can be seen here, and Zealandia is only located 10 minutes from downtown Wellington. If you are a nature lover and want to make the best of your trip to Wellington, then you should definitely visit this eco-attraction, and you will certainly love the kiwi, the tuatara and the saddlebacks!
2. Try a rover tour!
Rover tours are another great choice if you are feeling adventurous – as mentioned above, Wellington is known for being a very picturesque city, and if you want to enjoy it to the full then the only way you can do that is with a rover tour.
3. Te Papa Museum
Although Te Papa museum was only opened less than 20 years ago, it is by far one of the most appreciated tourist attractions not just in Wellington, but in the whole of New Zealand. The museum features interactive and multimedia displays on earthquakes and other natural phenomena, and the best part is that Te Papa is an all-round museum that offers visitors an insight into New Zealand’s economy, the importance of sheep farming, the Maori culture and lots more besides.
There is also a National Art Gallery within the Te Papa Museum, and it features extensive work of art that date back to the 19th and 20th century, including some of Rembrandt’s work!
4. Try a visitor tour of Parliament
Another popular tourist attraction in Wellington is its Parliament, which is also referred to as the Beehive, given its unique shape and structure. There are free 60-minute tours of the Parliament building organised on a daily basis, and the structure itself is truly remarkable, given the fact that parts of it are built with marble and granite brought all the way from the South Island.
5. The botanic gardens
Lastly, the botanic gardens should also be visited if you truly want to enjoy Wellington to the fullest. The gardens, which are home to no less than 500 different species of rose and countless species of Maori herbs, have been around for more than a century (opened in 1869), and at the entrance you can find the popular Carter Observatory.
To conclude, these are some of the most important tourist attractions you should visit during your next trip to Wellington.