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Top 05 Things to Do In Wellington – New Zealand’s Little Paradise

Planning a visit to Wellington? Then your in for a treat! The ancient capital of New Zealand has much to offer the curious tourist. From riding the vintage cable car to getting up close and personal with cute wildlife here are the top things to do in Wellington.


Take A Ride In The Vintage Wellington Cable Car

No trip to Wellington is complete without a ride in the historic cable car, which has been making the journey from Lambton Quay to Kellburn since 1902. The original cable car was powered by steam and made multiple journeys a day. Today the bright red car stops at Lambton Quay every 15 minutes, to make the journey into the hills climbing 120 metres to reach Kellburn over a distance of 612 metres. The journey is made interesting with light displays in two of the tunnels and engaging murals at the station. At the end of your journey is the Cable Car Museum, which you can visit to understand the full history behind the vintage carrier. Here’s a tip, the best hotels in Wellington are the ones which give you easy access to the capital’s top attractions. Many like Oaks Wellington Hotel, just 5 minutes from the cable car station are popular options.


Enjoy Some Time At Zealandia Ecosanctuary

This is not only the first eco-sanctuary in Wellington, but the place was also named ‘one of the world’s 100 greatest places’, by Time Magazine. Go there to be stunned by the exotic native wildlife which thrives there away from a human threat. A sort of ‘Urban Island’, Zealandia gives you a glimpse of what New Zealand was before the arrival of humans. Birds trilling in trees, flora flourishing and the land unmarked, fertile and home to exotic wildlife, including the rarely spotted kiwi, is the kind of paradise that Zealandia is! Best of all its easy to reach from your hotel in Wellington.


Hike To The Top Of Mount Victoria

Mt Vic, as the place is lovingly called is the perfect lookout point. You will be rewarded with 360-degree views across the hills, harbour and city of Wellington. Standing at a height of 196 metres Mount Victoria is accessible by foot or car. Get to the summit and enjoy a lazy few hours watching birds fly and ships sail. Mind you, hanging around until sunset will be quite a magical experience.


Get Up Close And Personal With The Lord Of The Rings

The Weta Workshop Tour is one of the most famous tourist attractions in New Zealand. The workshop located in the suburb of Miramar is where the physical effects of top movies take place. Most popular is the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. The Oscar-winning props are a huge attraction and serve as a doorway for fans to see how movie magic is made.


Treat Taste Buds To A Stint Along Laneway

Laneway is Wellingtons best foodie district. The area is home to all manner of chefs; from talented chocolatiers to bakers and pizza slingers to brewers and grinders. Make sure to work up an appetite before you go there for some amazing treats.

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