Accommodation in Wellington

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and although smaller than Auckland the government has been based here since 1865.

Wellington a vibrant and cultural city and it is well worth spending at least a few days here. The city lies at Port Nicholson and is just by the Cook Strait which separates the North from the South Island.

Wellington is well known as the cultural city of New Zealand. Here you will find a number of great museums including the famous Te Papa, museum of New Zealand set on Wellington’s beautiful waterfront. There are also a number of festivals throughout the year including the International Festival of Arts, the International Film Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival.

Wellington is well known for its compact city center – virtually all sights are within walking distance. Wellington has a great café culture and coffee lovers will be very happy here. There is a large choice of stylish cafes, restaurants and shops. There is also great nightlife especially on Courtenay Place and Cuba Street.

Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets

Museum Art Hotel

Museum Art Hotel Wellington

“Funky Art Hotel located in central location right next door to Te Papa National Museum. Offers a range of accommodation including suites, studios and self-contained apartments.”

Carlton Gore Bed & Breakfast

Carlton Gore B&B

“Stylish friendly B&B style accommodation with sea views, 1900s home located in the heart of Wellingtons City Centre.”

Copthorne Oriental Bay

Copthorne Oriental Bay, Wellington

“Stunning location overlooking Oriental Bay and minutes stroll from being in the heart of Wellington city. This hotel is great value for money.”

Travellodge Hotel

Travellodge Wellington

“Affordable city hotel that has recently gone through a large scale refurbishment. Views across the harbor. “

More information about Wellington

Wellington Waterfront1. Walk Along The Waterfront
Taking a walk along Wellington’s scenic waterfront is a great way to get a good feel for the city. Te Papa New Zealand’s national museum is located here, along with a number of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. Find Out More >

Te Papa National Museum Wellington2. Te Papa Museum
New Zealands National Museum Te Papa set on wellingtons waterfront it a must if you want to learn a lot in a fun way about the culture and history of New Zealand. It often has a number of different and often interactive exhibits that are fun for the whole family. Find Out More >

Wellington Cafes3. Café Culture
They say that Wellington has more cafes per capita than New York. Wellington has built an international reputation for its café and coffee culture. Cafes range from mobile kiosks to stylish venues also selling gourmet cuisine. Find Out More >

Kelburn Cable Car, Wellington4. Cable Car & Botanical Gardens
Although very touristy a ride on the Kelburn Cable Car is a must do. Kelburn is on the top of a very steep hill from which you can enjoy great views over the city and harbor. The actual tram itself is also an attraction as it is one of the few still in use cable trams in the world. The shop at the top sells great ice cream and coffees. At the top of the cable car are beautiful botanical gardens with a native forest, rose gardens and other exotic plants and flowers. Find Out More >

Castlepoint, Wairarapa5. Wairapapa Coast
East of Wellington you will find the stunning Wairapa Coast. This is ideal for a day trip from Wellington to visit some of New Zealand’s top vineyards, forests and historic towns including Grey Town, New Zealand’s first inland town. Find Out More >

Weta Cave, Wellington6. Weta Workshop
If you loved the Lord of The Rings and Hobbit films then you should take a visit to the Oscar winning Weta Workshop. See behind the scenes footage of Lord of the Rings and interviews with Peter Jackson. Find Out More >

Courtenay Place, Wellington7. Nightlife
With its compact city center, you will find a vibrant nightlife within easy walking distance of most hotels and accommodation. Highlights include Courtney Place and Cuba Street. Find Out More >

Beehive, Parliment, Wellington, New Zealand8. Parliament Building
New Zealand Parliament buildings located in Wellington are well worth a visit. The current parliament building, The Beehive is a modern circular building where the ministers sit. There are free daily tours of the current and the old parliament buildings, you can even participate in a live debate from the gallery. Find Out More >

St Pauls Cathedral Wellington9. St Paul’s Church
The Old St Paul’s church is a beautiful old wooden cathedral that is one of New Zealand’s special heritage places. It remains as a spiritual space but also as a venue for a variety of cultural events. Find Out More >

Kapiti Island10. Kapiti Island
If you have the time an overnight on nearby Kapiti Island is an unforgettable opportunity to experience New Zealands largest bird sanctuary. The island is home to a number of native birds including the fantail, morepork, brown kiwi and little spotted kiwi. Find Out More >


Wellington city centre is compact – most sights, restaurants, cafes and bars are within an easy walking distance.

Wellington also has an extensive network of buses and taxis available.