Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is the “large” capital city of New Zealand found at the southern part of the North Island. Built around a dock, Wellington is a picturesque city surrounded by endless mountains. Due to its location it is known as windy Wellington and it definitely lives up to its name…especially when flying into its airport!

The weekend I visited was a special weekend not only being New Zealand’s national holiday (Te Ra o Waitangi) but 2 huge days of rugby 7s. With celebrations being held throughout the city the 3 days seemed to pass without seeing all the usual tourist sites.

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However the top recommended ones that we tried (which were also free to do) included; a trip into Te Papa museum, a hike up to Mt Victoria lookout and a drink or two in Cuba Street.
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I would say the Te Papa museum is similar to London’s National History Museum, with exhibitions displaying everything from animal skeletons, natural hazards to history of New Zealand. A couple of hours pass easily having a go with all the interactive displays and acting like a kid!

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The lookout at Mt Victoria is East of Wellington, which can be reached by foot up the windy paths or the easier option of taking the bus/ taxi / car. At the top you can see 360o views of Wellington from the planes runway strip on one side, to the stadium and the port on the other. Yes it might be windy but not to bad to take a few pictures and enjoy the views, just take a scarf.
On the other side of Wellington you can get similar views using a cable car to reach a look out and the Botanic Gardens .

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