Destination Guide - Wellington

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is a city of so much more than Parliament and politics. Widely recognised as an arts and culture hub, the city has many fine museums and galleries worth exploring. In the evening, see a show – select from the array of performance styles, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Opera or the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Like any great cultural destination, there’s a wonderful café and dining culture, too.

The Basics

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZ$)
Population: 179,463
Languages: English and Maori
Time zone: +12
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March
Country code: +64
Area code: 4
Electricity voltage: 230V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Cuba Street
  • New Zealand Parliament
  • Cable car on Lambton Quay

Events

  • 6 February
    Waitangi Day

Weather

During summer (December to February) the average temperatures hover between 20-25°C while in winter (June to August) the daily average is around 12°C.


Getting there and around

Wellington has an excellent public bus and train network. Car hire is a good option for exploring greater Wellington. Taxis are available, too.

Book a flight


Travel Insider Wellington suggestions

Insider City Guide

Solace in Wind, Wellington
Wellington: Well-endowed

Despite sharing its name with a wet weather-defiant rubber boot, New Zealand’s capital city has style to burn.

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Travel Blog

Industry Insider: Wellington update
Industry Insider: Wellington update

Our Travel Insider Twitter team made a call out for where to find the best steaks in Wellington, and the Wellington Tourism team came back with a bunch of updates/additions for our Wellington city guide.

Might Might bar, by Aaron Burgess.
Industry Insider: Wellington by night

Some of Wellington's best bars and venues are discreetly tucked away for you to find. From elegant cocktail lounges to award-winning bars and party clubs, Wellington Tourism nominates some night owl hotspots.

Further Reading

Here are some suggestions for other travel destinations and experiences around New Zealand.

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