Jump head-first into this cool waterfront capital and enjoy a buzzing cultural scene, plus all the perks of big city life
Sandwiched between a natural harbour and leafy hillsides, New Zealand’s capital offers a vibrant inner-city experience against a gorgeous scenic backdrop. There’s an eclectic urban mix, with national political institutions, museums and world-class universities standing alongside a mish mash of trendy cafés, microbreweries and boutiques. And with more restaurants per capita than New York, you’ll never be short of somewhere to eat.
Sample this compact city on foot, starting at Lambton Quay business district and catching Wellington’s iconic red cable car. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of your new home, followed by a return stroll amidst native bush in the Botanic Garden. Next, head south and immerse yourself in bohemian Cuba Street, home of hip artists, colourful shops and fire-breathing buskers. Feast on a hearty breakfast at Floriditas and end your day in Havana or Laundry – just two of the area’s quirky nightlife hotspots.
For more shopping and entertainment head to Courtenay Place, stopping at up-and-coming Hannah’s Factory Laneway for a salted caramel cookie on the way. The beach, where you might spot dolphins and whales bobbing their heads through the surf, is also never far. Take a break from your studies on Oriental Bay’s golden shores, browse the Harbourside Market or kick back with ice cream from Kaffee Eis. For a more substantial break, catch the Interislander Ferry to the South Island or head to Wellington Airport and explore even farther.