Wellington, New Zealand's capital city

Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation's capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village.

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Extending just two kilometres in diameter, Wellington is a truly 'walking city'. Here you'll find a unique blend of national treasures, arts and culture, gastronomic delights, shopping sensations and scenic beauty, making Wellington the ultimate urban destination in New Zealand.

Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa. Situated on Wellington's magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand's land and people.

With over 50 other museums and galleries including the stunning and contemporary City Gallery, three professional theatres and headquarters for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Wellington can truly lay claim to the title Arts and Cultural Capital. Every two years, the city plays host to the New Zealand Festival. Bigger than the Edinburgh Festival in box-office takings, this month-long arts Festival is a smorgasbord of theatre, music, dance, comedy and opera and fringe, attracting thousands of visitors to the city.

The best way to discover Wellington is on foot. You can walk the length of Downtown Wellington in 30 minutes, exploring the contrasts of each of the four quarters that make up Downtown Wellington. From shopping arcades to elegant department stores, designer boutiques and local arts and craft, to funky cafes and markets, to elegant civic architecture, and a 24-hour neon playground of bars, cafes and restaurants, Downtown Wellington celebrates its compact diversity at every turn.

The Capital city enjoys a temperate coastal climate with notably mild and sunny winters. Home to just 157,000 in central Wellington, with 337,000 making up the wider Wellington region, it's a small city with a huge heart.

More info on Wellington - visit www.wellingtonnz.com

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