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Named on BBC’s Hottest Cities and Rough Guide’s Top 10 Cities for 2015, Wellington has been labelled the ‘coolest little capital’ by Lonely Planet and a ‘locavore’s dream’ by Vogue for good reason. So, if you're coming for a business event or conference, be sure to schedule some extra time before or afterwards to experience these Wellington must-dos.
Oscar-winning Weta Workshop have worked on some of the biggest and most ambitious movie projects of our generation. A behind-the-scenes tour at the workshop headquarters reveals the incredible artistry and remarkable Kiwi innovation, as well as a few industry secrets. And of course a visit to The Lord of the Rings locations with Wellington Rover Tours is a must for Middle-earth fans. Also great for large groups.
For a wonderful and unique experience, visit the sanctuary valley of Zealandia. Volunteer guides will walk you through the beautiful native bush and help you meet the native wildlife by day, or book on a night tour where you'll see and hear different things as it changes from day to night. You may even get to spot some kiwi!
It's practically a given that a trip to Wellington should include a visit to our national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. Discover our nation's history by experiencing the innovative and interactive exhibits, or book to go on a guided tour with one of their knowledgeable guides. Private tours are also available for larger groups.
Just an hour north of Wellington is the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Wairarapa. Devine wine (be sure to sample the region's renowned pinot noir), cuisine and boutique shopping can all be found here. Join a guided wine tour or just grab a wine map and you'll find that this is a perfect excursion for relaxing and winding down.
For arguably the best view in town, be sure to venture up to the Mount Victoria Lookout. The energetic will like the walk up through town green belt, but it is also possible to drive all the way up to enjoy the stunning 360 degree view of the city and sea.
For a great day out, head to Wellington Zoo to enjoy their collection of over 100 animal species. If you're after a a once-in-a-lifetime experience, book to have a Close Encounter where you can come face to face with the likes of a majestic lion, cheetah or adorable red panda.