Known as ‘The Windy City’ and considered to be the best capital city in the world, the capital of New Zealand has a huge reputation for being a buzzing cultural hotspot and top travel destination. Surrounded by dramatic scenery and rolling landscapes, this vibrant city has spectacular views and excellent hiking and walking opportunities; no wonder that it’s a popular choice with outdoor types. This vibrant city is home to an array of exciting museums, art galleries and live performance venues, so culture vultures will be spoilt for choice for ways to discover and learn about the city’s fascinating heritage. There are an abundance of quirky cafes, trendy bars and excellent restaurants throughout the city. It also goes without saying that the city boasts an excellent nightlife.
One of these is perfect for driving around the city centre and parking in tight spaces. A hatchback is also fuel efficient for those considering driving long distances.
Driving in Wellington
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Important things to note
Driving in the city is fairly straightforward. However, there is a complex one-way system which could take some getting used to for visitors.
There are numerous parking facilities in and around the city as well as on-street metered parking. Keep in mind that on-street metered parking generally has a two-hour time limit.
It’s advisable to avoid driving in and around the city during rush hour periods both in the morning and evening.
Highlights & Hotspots
Discover the city’s fascinating history and pay a visit to the National Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa. This superb family-friendly museum has a range of excellent hands-on exhibits where visitors can discover the rich heritage of New Zealand.
A popular attraction is the Wellington Cable Car which runs from Lambton Quay to Kelburn, where you can enjoy dramatic views of the city below. Take a trip around the Cable Car Museum where visitors can learn about the history of the cable car which spans as far back as 1902.
Animal lovers and those travelling with young children should pay a visit to Wellington Zoo which is home to a range of animals and indigenous wildlife. Close Encounter experiences are also available where animal-lovers have the opportunity to meet the red pandas, meerkats and cheetahs up close!
Soak up the exciting culture by spending an afternoon on Cuba Street. Home to a thriving independent scene, the street is lined with quirky shops and boutiques, along with buzzing bars and charming cafes. Take a moment to watch the street performers.
Wellington International Airport is located approximately five miles from Wellington city centre and is accessible via State Highway 1 and the Wellington Urban Motorway.
The airport‚Äôs location means that traffic leading from it is likely to merge with that in the city centre, particularly during the summer months, which span from November to March in New Zealand.