Wellington is a dynamic city, distinctive for its rugged coastline and verdant mountains and hills. A hub for New Zealand’s culture and arts, Wellington offers an exciting variety and mix of experiences, from an appreciation of traditional culture and arts to opportunities for shopping, fine dining, and great entertainment. Visitors on the lookout for exciting Wellington activities will surely find a variety of options during their stay.
Ride the Wellington Cable Car
The Wellington cable car takes passengers on an impressive run, starting from Lambton Quay in Wellington’s business district. The cable route passes through several interesting attractions in the city, including the Wellington Botanic Gardens, the Carter Observatory, and Kelburn Village. The Wellington cable car company also organizes a “Tales and Rails Tour,” which offers a guided experience through various stops in the city. The tour initially stops at the Museum of Wellington for a guided walk through the city’s history and then takes off to the Lambton Quay area, and then the Cable Museum.
Explore the Museum of New Zealand
With more than 20,000 items in its archival collections and permanent exhibits, the Museum of New Zealand or the Te Papa Tongarewa offers a glimpse of the country’s Maori heritage and cultural traditions. There is no entrance fee except for the 60 minute tours, special activities, and rotating or temporary exhibits. For visitors in a hurry, the 60 minute tours provides a quick overview on the Maori culture, as evident in ancient and contemporary relics and traditions.
Visit a Movie Location
Wellington is the shooting location of several popular hit movies, including the Lord of the Rings series. The tours include areas used as shooting locations for Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings. Several tour companies specialize in Wellington movie tours and will not only bring visitors to the sites but also provide interesting tidbits of information.