As the New Zealand capital, Wellington has all the cool museums, gardens and heritage buildings, but its arty vibe is what makes this windy city über cool.

“Wellywood” seems to be riding on the fresh winds of change that blow in from Cook Strait. The local talent for thinking outside the box results in pop-up markets, food festivals, world-famous movies and quirky street art. Creative souls have transformed the former docks with its rowing clubs, cafe terraces and award-winning Te Papa Museum. The coastal vistas in this hilly city are awesome. Don’t just visit Wellington. Embrace it.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Wellington

How far is Wellington from the South Island?

A common way to travel between the North and South Islands is to take the ferry from Wellington Ferry Terminal to Picton. The journey time is just over three hours. You can also fly between the two, which only takes 25 minutes.

When is Wellington Cup Day?

Wellington Cup Day is New Zealand's most prestigious horse race. It takes place in January at Trentham Racecourse and sees racegoers dress to impress in their most glamorous outfits.

Is Wellington on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail?

The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is an almost 500km-long route that stretches from Marlborough, on the South Island, to Hawke's Bay. Featherstone and Martinborough are popular stops on the trail and they are located an hour's drive east of Wellington.