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A Local's Guide to Wellington

New Zealand’s compact capital city truly is a thriving hub of activity. It enjoys a vibrant culture, thanks to the myriad of amazing food, events, craft beer, coffee, wine and entertainment that resides within the country’s pulsing heart. ‘Windy Wellington’ is also situated on the southernmost point of the North Island, meaning it enjoys sandy beaches, a waterfront promenade and a bustling harbour.

With so much to do and see, there’s no wonder you need a guide to make the most of your time in this invigorating city. Read on to learn about Wellington’s top sights, experiences and attractions.

Experience Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand)    

For those interested in learning all about New Zealand’s exciting cultural, geological, social and biological history, Te Papa is the museum for you. Wander from one interactive and innovative display to the next as you absorb New Zealand’s stories. Best yet, entry is completely free.

Take a ride in the historic Wellington Cable Car

This iconic ride runs from Lambton Quay up to the lookout at Kelburn. While enjoying the excellent views of the city and nearby harbour, you’ll also have the opportunity to check out the Space Place at Carter Observatory and the Cable Car Museum. Learning’s always better when there’s a view, after all.    

Wander back down through the Wellington Botanic Gardens    

While you can choose to take the cable car back down the mountain, why not take the longer, scenic route and appreciate some gorgeous flora instead? The Wellington Botanic Gardens cover a sprawling 25-hectare swathe of the same hillside as the cable car and include a stunning array of local and exotic plant life for every nature-lover to enjoy.

Wine and dine

It’s said that Wellington actually has more bars and restaurant per capita than New York City itself. With the bounty of seafood available in the ocean to the south and the farmland to the north, Wellington’s chefs are in no shortage of fresh produce. The city is also famous for its craft beer, so make sure to sample the local brew while dining at the many delectable restaurants available.    Weta Cave is a mini-museum dedicated to the props, costumes and collectibles created by Weta Workshop. You can also jump on a 45-minute tour here, on which you can learn more about the processes behind creating these stunning pieces.

Get around town in comfort and style

Why waste your time with public transport and overpriced taxis or rideshares when you can be your own driver and have more control? Speak to the team at Ace Rental Cars today about finding a vehicle that suits your needs and your budget.

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