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Wellington at a Glance

Wellington is one of New Zealand's favorite cities. When the weather is good, there are plenty of fascinating viewpoints and outdoor natural wonders to explore. If the wind turns and the rain begins to lash, head indoors to world-class museums, great restaurants and friendly pubs. 

Wellington's beautiful harbor and green-cloaked parklands are wonderful to look at and offer a wealth of places to explore. Take the city bus to a magical eco-reserve filled with endangered birds, or travel a bit further for wild mountain biking. Visitors right inside the city can hike up mountains and enjoy cable car and gondola rides to viewpoints. 

There's plenty going on in Wellington if you need a break from the outdoors. A vibrant theater and arts scene keeps travelers busy day and night and with plenty of coffee shops and bars, there's a place to hang out at all times in Wellington.


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High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Wellington Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      European, American and Canadian residents do not need visas to visit New Zealand if their visit will be for less than three months. All travelers must have a valid passport with at least one page available for stamping. Travelers can learn more by contacting the Embassy of New Zealand. American travelers can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Ferry Interislander
      • Ferry Bluebridge Ferries
      • Bus White Star City to City
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Wellington is famous for its gale-force winds and for its earthquakes. The city lies on a major fault line and earthquakes occur often. 

      Safety Concerns Don't leave valuables in your car especially when it is parked at trail heads or other tourist-heavy destinations. In all cases, don't leave anything visible in the car seats as car break-ins are a problem. 

      Health Concerns Outside the city, travelers are usually most comfortable if they are wearing insect repellent. The mosquitoes can be vicious. Undertows and riptides are present at certain beaches. Ask around to find safe swimming spots.