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Where to stay this summer

We've rounded up our favourite places to stay this summer - it all depends on how you like to start and end your day. Start with a barista coffee made at the cafe next door to your hotel; a yoga class or a walk along the waterfront. End your day dining at a local award-winning restaurant, eating fish and chips on the beach at Oriental Bay or whipping up a feast of local produce in your apartment's fully equipped kitchen.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Located in the heart of Wellington's CBD in a historical building full of heritage charm, DoubleTree's stylish guest rooms combine original architectural features with modern amenities.

Start your day with: With a rain shower - DoubleTree's beautifully tiled and spacious bathrooms are all equipped with luxurious overhead rain showers. 

End your day with: Dinner at DoubleTree's restaurant, Spring, a delightful fusion of French and Indian cuisine. 

InterContinental

Stay at the most centrally-located and experienced global five-star hotel in the capital. 

Start your day with: Laps of the InterCon's large heated pool followed by breakfast next door at the popular and very photogenic restaurant, Two Grey

End your day with: A luxurious spa treatment at InterCon's in-house spa, followed by dinner and drinks at an award-winning restaurant, try InterCon's own ChameleonOrtega Fish Shack or Whitebait

Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

Base yourself at Oriental Bay, just 10 minutes' walk from Wellington's shopping, arts and entertainment precincts. All rooms feature a balcony with stunning views of the harbour or city.

Start your day with: A swim at Oriental Bay, or a walk around the bays to Balaena Bay (about 30 minutes return). 

End your day with: Dinner with sea views at an Oriental Bay eatery - we recommend Copthorne's restaurant, One80°, Coene's Bar & Eatery or Pomelo

Grand Mercure Wellington

Set in a peaceful and elegant location overlooking the Cuba Quarter. A stay at the Grand Mercure Wellington ensures that you're just a short walk away from restaurants, shops and the city's attractions.

Start the day with: A walk through nearby Central Park - or if you're feeling energetic, a run up to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine. 

End the day with: Soaking up the panoramic views over the city while you dine at Forage, Grand Mercure's beautiful botanical-themed restaurant. 

Ohtel

A boutique hotel with elegant and individually-furnished rooms and award-winning service in a harbourside location. 

Start your day with: A swim at nearby Freyberg Pool - an acclaimed piece of modernist architecture and a favourite spot with locals. 

End your day with: Tapas and drinks at Duppa Bar - Ohtel's in-house bar and eatery, followed by a short stroll to dinner at Hummingbird on Courtenay Place or Monte Cervino on Tory Street. 

Quest on Johnston

An 18-storey purpose-built serviced apartment complex right in the heart of Wellington. The apartment-style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Wellington experience, perfect for short or long stays.

Start your day with: An early morning yoga class at nearby Power Living Yoga followed by breakfast at Seize

End your day with: Dinner at a nearby harbourside restaurant - our picks are Dockside, Shed 5 or The Crab Shack.  

Park Hotel

A contemporary four-star hotel, Park Hotel has everything you need for an enjoyable stay. With elegant studios for one or two, and three-bedroom apartment that are perfect for family or friends. 

Start your day with: Breakfast at Sterling, Park Hotel's excellent in-house restaurant. 

End your day with: If you find yourself back at Sterling for dinner, we won't be surprised either. The menu of wood-fired eats with a local and seasonal focus, is hard to resist. 

Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel

Affordable, quality accommodation with free WiFi, located in the heart of Wellington. Recently refurbished with a contemporary look, Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel also has an in-house restaurant and bar, Corner Bistro 169

Start your day with: A tasting flight of flat whites across the road at Flight Coffee The Hangar

End your day with: Dinner at Corner Bistro 169 before taking in a performance at the nearby The Opera House, followed by a cocktail at Crumpet, before an easy walk home to your hotel. 

Gilmer Apartment Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Wellington’s vibrant central business district, Gilmer Apartment Hotel's prime location means you are minutes away from shopping on Lambton Quay, and only a short stroll to local theatre and nightlife.

Start your day with: A walk through the historic Bolton Cemetery and Wellington Botanic Garden

End your day with:  A twilight tour of Zealandia, Wellington's world-first ecosanctuary. See birds returning to the sanctuary to settle into their nests and perhaps even experience the first sounds of the nocturnal birds, such as kiwi and ruru (morepork) as they wake. 

Boulcott Suites

Boulcott Suites is a five-star apartment hotel providing studio apartments through to four-bedroom townhouses in a central location. Perfect for the traveller who wants quality space and amenities - each stylish apartment is fitted with a fully-equipped kitchen. 

Start your day with: A coffee at neighbouring, Machete -  after two visits, you'll become a regular. 

End your day with: Whipping up a feast of local produce in your apartment's fully-equipped kitchen. 

CityLife

One and two-bedroom suites located in the heart of the city, each fitted out with the kitchenette and laundry facilities - perfect for a weekend getaway or a family holiday.

Start your day with: A walk around the waterfront - if you walk all of the way to Oriental Bay, you can reward yourself with a coffee or breakfast at Beach Babylon or Lola Stays

End your day with: Putting the togs and towels from your afternoon swim at Oriental Bay in the wash - every suite comes with a washing machine and dryer. 

Sofitel

Soak up the French elegance and botanical-themed luxury at Sofitel Wellington. 

Start your day with: A walk or run around the Wellington Botanic Garden.

End your day with: A relaxing G&T at Sofitel's The Green Room bar - they have an entire menu devoted to gin! 

Bay Plaza Hotel

The Bay Plaza Hotel is located on Wellington's vibrant Oriental Parade, with panoramic views of the harbour and Mount Victoria.  

Start your day with: A walk up Mount Victoria - hear the morning chorus of the native birds and take in the views at the top. 

End your day with: Take a short stroll to Courtenay Place and take your pick from an array of dining options: Dragonfly, Capitol, Frenchie and Lulu are some of our favourites. 

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Centrally-located with two in-house restaurants and bars, a day spa and a gym, plus live piano evenings and a high tea experience - you might not leave the hotel during your stay. 

Start your day with: A work-out at the hotel gym followed by a buffet breakfast at in-house restaurant, Whitby Restaurant

End your day with: A spa treatment at the in-house day spa, followed by drinks and entertainment from a live piano performance. 

West Plaza Hotel

Stay in West Plaza's spacious rooms set in a central location that's only a short walk from the capital's highlights. 

Start your day with: Breakfast at nearby The Lido or Pickle & Pie in Lombard Laneway. 

End your day with: A fabulous dining experience at West Plaza's award-winning restaurant and bar, City Dining & Bar

ibis Wellington

A contemporary three-and-a-half-star hotel located conveniently close to Lambton Quay and the waterfront, ibis Wellington has some secured parking available.

Start your day with: Breakfast at Vivant! - perhaps with honey on toast from the hotel's rooftop beehives. 

End your day with: Dinner at Vivant! to savour their seasonally-inspired menus before heading to a show at one of the city's venues. 

Novotel

Enjoy contemporary style in the centre of the capital city at Novotel Wellington, an international four-star-plus hotel with direct lift access to Lambton Quay. 

Start your day with: Gazing out at the breath-taking harbour views from your hotel room. 

End your day with: Gazing out at the breath-taking harbour views from your hotel room (after returning from dining at one of the nearby restaurants within easy walking distance).