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Why fly to Wellington?
It's otherwordly beauty has been the stage of for actors in one of the most captivating movie serials to ever hit the box office.
The city of Wellington sits on New Zealand''s North Island at the Wellington Harbour on Cook Strait. There are many reasons to visit the country's capital, but if you love the Lord of the Rings movies you will find yourself in blissfful glory as you stand in the very locations some of the most awesome scenes from the movies were shot. Head to Mt. Victoria for a fantastic view of the city and then make your way through the woods and try to find some of those selected scene spaces.
There are several important museums and galleries in the city with one of the most important being Te Papa Museum. You will learn about the history of the city and the country's indigenous people. There also new exhibitions all the time in partnership with galleries and museums from around the world. You may find yourself staring at a Renoir or a Dali, depending on when you go. Additionally, theIt houses a giant squid and interactive displays that include one which simulates an earthquake.
For great restaurants and nightlife head to Courtenay Plac or Cuba Street. Here you will numerous dining options including a lot of Cuban on Cuba Street. Once your meal is over you can head to one of the cool bars nearby.
The city has a growing craft beer movement with an increasing number of bars and restaurants pouring locally brewed craft beers. Two breweries located in the city center are Garage Project and Parrot Dog Breweries, which allow customers to come in and fill 'er up to go. Restaurants are also getting on the bandwagon and pairing food with craft beer. If you head down Victoria Street you will find a number of spots to dip into the craft beer.
Wellington weather is pretty nice year-round. Winter temperatures on average are in the mid to high 10s. Going into the spring the temperatures begin to inch up to the mid teens. The summer pops in, in the low 20s. The city is fairly windy and rainy throughout the year with the most significant amount of rainfall falling in the peak winter months of June and July.
When to fly to Wellington
Summer is a particularly busy time of year in Wellington as all the Northern snowbirds escape their cool cities and head for warm weather in Wellington from December to February. With the city's popularity during the summer months, flight ticket prices are fairly.
The rainy months of winter are somewhat of a deterrent for travelers as this makes for some soggy outdoor exploring. The low tourist numbers from January to March provide a great time to scoop up some flight ticket deals.Mid-March, however, can get pricey as this is when schools have spring break.
Getting into Wellington
Your gateway into Wellington opens up at the Wellington Airport. From the airport you can take the speedy Airport Flyer Bus into the Lower Hutt area. There is also a shuttle service that can get you into the city as well as a taxi stand located outside of the terminal.
Getting around Wellington
Getting around Wellington is fairly easy as it is a fairly small city. You can utilize the bus services to get all over Wellington. There is a quaint cable car service that gets you from the city center to the Botanic Gardens. The rail services will get you from the city center into the various suburban areas surrounding the city. If you want to head to the South Island for a day trip, the Cook Strait ferries will get you across the water. In addition, taxi service is available.
- Visit the Botanic Gardens for a nice walk through the gorgeously landscaped greenery. Like a fairyland, the gardens are adorned with whimsical pieces of art throughout.
- Take in the Saturday Wellington Underground Market for some local arts and crafts and produce. Enjoy brunch in one of Wellington's cafes on Sunday and head over to the harbor for the Sunday market
- Spend a night with creatures from the wild. The Wellington Zoo is home to lovely giraffes, lions and meercats to name just a few. You can sign up for an overnight stay and get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of a zoo and how the animals are individually cared for.
- Here's a little treat a little offside of the popular tourist thoroughfares. For a lovely winter evening head to Hawthorn Lounge and roast marshmallows in the fireplace while you sip your Hot Toddy.
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