To understand more about the history of the city, visit the Museum of Wellington City & Sea on Queen’s Wharf.
If you are looking for something particular, visit the Te Papa museum, which features Maori art and artefacts from Wellington’s Polynesian, Asian, and European roots.
Other beautiful places to visit and enjoy are surely the St. James Theatre & Opera House, the Wellington City Art Gallery, the Downstage Theatre and the ... More Wellington Cable Car Museum.
Architecturally flamboyant, the Beehive, the Parliament building, is a New Zealand icon and really well worth a visit.
The Botanical Gardens are also a popular attraction in the city and feature the Lady Norwood Rose Garden.
The Civic Square, in the heart of the city, is a great place where to have a walk for shopping.
“Wellywood”, home to the world famous Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson, is north of the city in the Hutt Valley.
The harbour in Wellington is a popular spot for water sports, such as kayaking and rowing.
According to the Maori legend, Wellington’s first name was Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui which in Maori language means ‘the head of Maui's fish’. Another Maori name for Wellington is te Whanganui-a-Tara (the great harbour of Tara).
The Polynesian explorer Kupe is probably ... More the first one who settled together with his followers in the Wellington Harbour around the 10th century.
However, Wellington was officially founded in 1840 by Edward Gibbon Wakefield as the first settlement of the New Zealand Company. It was originally known as Britannia, but was renamed after British soldier and politician Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
Since 1865 it has been the seat of government, when it replaced Auckland.
Wellington is a small capital (is only two kilometres wide so it can be easily explored on foot), but is really full with interesting attractions, good shops, exciting galleries and great restaurants.
Many festivals and events are held in the city throughout the year. A real must is the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival – a month long arts festival.
Wellington it’s the right place to visit either if you love nature or culture, so what are you waiting for?
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