I’ve visited this amazing city twice and I still can’t get over how much I love it.
I could spend days (or weeks even) sipping coffee in one of the thousands of cafés, relaxing on the grass by the waterfront, pointlessly wandering the hilly streets and exploring the many museums. There are a bucketload of activities in and around the city, for both Lord of the Rings fans and also the folk who have no interest in fantasy novels.
The city is precariously placed among jagged hills on the South coast of the North Island. Oops, it’s built on a major tectonic fault line so it’s kind of prone to earthquakes. But don’t worry, the city’s residents are well aware of this so most of Wellington’s buildings are built to survive the occasional seismic activity.
Wellington is world-famous for having amazing coffee. Pick any café in the city and the barista will make you something fabulous. There’s also great food (head to the Friday night markets on Cuba Street) and sampling some of the local seafood is a must.
If you’re into specky views and nature, take the cable car up to the botanic gardens then do the downhill city walk through the botanic gardens. Mt Victoria lookout is also well worth a visit for 360 views of the city and ocean.
Lord of the Rings fans will love Wellington. You’ll find the Weta Cave here, and many filming locations are in and around the city. You’ll find a few on the walk up to the lookout on Mt Victoria, and a 40 minute drive will take you to Kaitoke Regional Park, host to the beautiful scenery of Rivendell.
If you’d like to see some of these locations, I’d highly recommend doing a day tour as the guide will be able to pinpoint the exact spots where certain scenes were shot.
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