Nestled around a huge sparkling natural harbour, Wellington is where coffee, craft beer, international cuisine and boutique shops meet the bustle of modern business in a distinctly New Zealand style.

Visit Wellington by train and ferry with The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Discover the "Coolest little Capital"

Wellington is our sparkling capital city, where modern business style blends with a cultured, bohemian, spirit. On a summer's day, the harbour waters gently lap against the boardwalks and people eat their lunch while dangling their feet in the water. Nearby, in the sunny harbourside restaurants, glasses clink and laughter rings out. Meanwhile, in the streets of Te Aro, visitors and locals drift between boutique shops and European style cafés by day, then by night mingle with the city's workers in vibrant bars and curious restaurants selling cuisine from around the world. With a population of less than 200,000 people, there is no capital city on earth that marries relaxed and refined better than Wellington.

Days out in Wellington

There are a number of attractions to fill your days with in Wellington. The most popular day out is taking the Wellington Cable Car up to Kelburn, followed by a leisurely stroll back down the hill through the Botanical Gardens - there's an excellent children's playground en-route. The national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, tells the story of our land in exceptional style and has an astonishing World War I exhibition that was created by Peter Jackson's WETA studios. Speaking of which, the WETA Cave studio tour also ranks highly on the list of top tourist activities.

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Getting to Wellington by train

You can get from Auckland, Hamilton and Palmerston North to Wellington by train very easily. The Northern Explorer train heads southwards from Auckland on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey is an epic day-long exhibition of New Zealand's finest scenery and is a great way to see New Zealand. See the Northern Explorer page for a detailed timetable and list of stations.