Wellington is New Zealand's capital city, and was until a few years ago a fairly dull city with little to offer for travelers. But if you travel to Wellington today, you will get a very different experience of the capital city. It’s definitely worth the stop.
Wellington, or "Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui" in early Maori language, has changed quite a bit in recent years. For decades Wellington used to be a dull stop-over city for travelers en route from the North Island to the South Island of New Zealand.
Today everything has changed and Wellington offers a good number of attractions for visitors.
Te Papa - The National Museum
Wellington's greatest attraction is the city's national museum Te Papa, which is famous throughout the world for its interactive exhibitions and excellent way to communicate and tell the story of the local culture and history of New Zealand. No visit to Wellington is complete without exploring the Te Papa National Museum.
In the harbor area around Queens Wharf warehouses have been turned into a cultural potluck of cafes and there are physical activities for the frisky and of course cultural offerings.
Botanical Gardens of Wellington
If you need to take a break from the vibrant city life, take a break in Wellingtons botanical gardens, and enjoy the magnificent view over the city and the harbor.
Earthquakes and Wellington
It's no secret that Wellington is located on the edge of two earthquake zones, and therefore vulnerable to regular rumblings and earthquakes. Because of the risk of earthquakes all newer buildings in Wellington are reinforced and earthquake-proof.