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Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It offers an unforgettable city experience in a natural setting. Wellington is located between a beautiful harbour and rolling green hills. The inner city offers excellent shopping, professional theatre cafes and restaurants all close to untouched nature. Wellington is only two kilometers wide so it can be explored easily on foot. Over the last 20 years, New Zealand's capital city has become the country's ultimate urban destination and was voted by North and South Magazine as the best city to live and work in New Zealand.

Wellington has rightfully been given the nickname of "Wellywood", due to the fact that it is the capital of Middle Earth. Much of the filming for the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy was filmed in Wellington. The city is also home to Director Peter Jackson. Weta studios can be found just out of Wellington along with many Lord of the rings locations. A trip with Middle Earth tours is highly recommended to experience the capital of Middle Earth and is great way to see Wellington.

Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum is on the waterfront. Walk to Te Papa from a central city restaurant and stop at a local fashion store or an art gallery on the way. Te Papa has been described by the Washington Post as "one of the most ambitiously eclectic museums in the world". Wellington has more restaurants, bars and cafes per head than New York with over 350 eateries.

Wellington is the arts and culture capital of New Zealand. Festivals and events are held here throughout the year. A highlight is the bi-annual New Zealand Festival - a month long arts festival.

Wellington is for nature lovers as well as arts and culture enthusiasts. The South Coast is one of Wellington's most beautiful places. Visit the New Zealand fur seal colony or just watch the waves. Mountain bike through native bush at Makara Peak, or kayak out to Scorching Bay - the choice is yours.


Wellington (Wellywood) is not only the capital of New Zealand but has now become the capital of middle earth. Director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Peter Jackson, comes from Wellington and much of the Trilogy filming was done in and around the Wellington city. On the first of December 2003 the World Premier of "The Return of the King" was hosted by Wellington. The Premier turned out to be the biggest street party New Zealand has ever seen, and has helped put Wellington on the Global Map as a must see spot for any Lord of the Rings fan. Middle Earth Tours operates in association with and is a great way to see what wellington has to offer and see some of the awesome location used for lord of the rings.

Wellington's reputation as a shopper's paradise is also well-deserved. The compact layout of the streets and the "Four Quarters" of distinct and distinctive precincts make the shopping experience an easily navigated as well as beautifully indulgent exercise. Downtown Wellington boasts an extensive and diverse range of merchandise from cutting-edge local fashion to the international designer brands to the sheepskins that people travel the world to secure.

New Zealand's Parliament Buildings are a great place to visit and learn about the politics and history of New Zealand.

Wellington is great if you love being outdoors. It is surrounded by hills, a rugged coastline and one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Adventure activities include mountain biking, sailing, paragliding, bushwalking and much more. Guided tours ensure you don't miss any of Wellington's best sights. Walking tours, van tours or even helicopter tours are available. Nature is very close to Wellington's Downtown. There are many natural attractions less than ten minutes drive from the centre of town. Wellington is only a short drive or ferry ride away from New Zealand's top wine regions, Wairarapa and Marlborough. Both regions are popular weekend destinations. Discover New Zealand's heritage in Wellington. The city is home to Parliament Buildings as well as many historic buildings and museums which tell the story of New Zealand. Central Wellington is only 2 kilometres in diameter, you can walk from one side to the other in under 20 minutes. Wellington Airport is the busiest in New Zealand for domestic scheduled flights and is only 15 minutes drive from central Wellington.

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