Wellington is called the world’s ‘coolest little capital’ and is known for its vibrant arts scene, world class café and restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle.
Set around an attractive waterfront, you'll be hard pressed to find a city in the world that's easier to get around. Wellington enjoys more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York City, and its coffee and craft beer producers are internationally recognised. A creative, cosmopolitan city, Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital with the warmth and personality of a village.
If the weather is fine, don’t miss the opportunity to ride Wellington’s historic cable car and enjoy the views of the harbour and city from the Botanic Gardens, or take a walk along the picturesque waterfront for fabulous views and a breath of fresh air.
Winter in Wellington
The Wellington region offers a mild, temperate marine climate, with plenty of wind. The temperature in Wellington will rarely rise above 25°C (77°F) or drop below 6°C (43°F). Wellington is however known for its southerly winds in winter, which make the temperature feel much colder.
Frosts are commonly experienced in the hill suburbs and the Hutt Valley during winter, while snow is very rare.
Wellington has heaps of great activities and attractions to keep you busy if you plan on extending your time in the capital city.
The biggest Lord of the Rings tour in New Zealand's movie capital. Unique on-location movie clips, props for pictures, special effects explanations, inside stories and a visit to the Weta Cave plus Workshop Tour.
The best way to discover the heart and soul of Wellington, is on foot. Warm the soul and join the Walk Wellington team. Their tours have enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guides who will show you the key historical and cultural sights of the vibrant city. Remember to bring a raincoat and warm clothing.
One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions, the Wellington Cable Car runs from downtown Wellington to the picturesque suburb of Kelburn and Wellington Botanic Garden. New Zealand's only functioning funicular railway and has been servicing the city since it first opened in 1902.
Te Papa Tongarewa translates literally to "container of treasures". A fuller interpretation is ‘our container of treasured things and people that spring from mother earth here in New Zealand’. Te Papa is New Zealand's principal museum tracking native and colonial culture as well as natural history.
Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, the culinary capital caters for everything from quick bites to long nights.
Winter dining is all about the flavours, the atmosphere and the warmth of company. Whether you’re looking to spoil yourself with the finest dining available, the cosy feel of comfort food or just to park up with a steak and a fireplace, Wellington’s got you covered this winter.