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Wellington stories

From how Wellington transformed into a globally acclaimed 'capital of cool' and quirky facts, to the creative and culinary scenes and a 'Welly 101', here is all the info you need on some of Welly's coolest stories, characters and locations.

Introducing Wellington

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Once said to be best seen by leaving on the ferry, New Zealand’s capital has long blossomed into a charismatic, world class city dubbed the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet Best in Travel. The below backgrounders give you an overview of Wellington and its history, along with some quirky facts.

Capital culture and creativity

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Creativity pulses through Wellington, with the city’s many museums and galleries at the heart of the action. With a show on almost every night ranging from live music to local theatre, New Zealand’s capital is a bit of a cultural mecca. Host to a couple of world premieres, the spotlight is always firmly on Wellington.

Tours, attractions and events

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From World of WearableArt™ Awards Show to Cuba Dupa, Wellington knows how to put on a show. Great boutique and high street shopping can be found on and around Lambton Quay, while Cuba Street’s bohemian quarter and Courtenay Place's theatre district are popular nightspots. Wellington’s got the goods for a good time.

Culinary capital

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Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, the culinary capital caters for everything from quick bites to long nights. In addition to award-winning cuisine and regional wine to match, the coffee, culinary and craft beer capital is home to a number of purveyors of delicious beverages and food products.

Suburbs and regional Wellington

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Everybody needs good neighbours and thankfully Wellington does! The capital is tucked between two of New Zealand’s finest wine regions. Just out of the city centre you can trail through the outdoors or down boutique streets, experience authentic Kiwi craft and culture, and taste local delicacies.