Wellington not only holds claim as New Zealand’s capital city; it is also renowned as the country’s “Capital of Cool”. Home to rolling green hills, a glistening harbour and a pulsating energy, Wellington is a treasure trove of environmental and cultural grandeur.
Explore the city’s cosmopolitan charm with a trip downtown to cultural hotspots like Cuba Street, Courtenay Quarter and the Waterfront precinct.
Boasting more cafés per capita than New York, Wellington’s CDB is awash with baristas serving exceptional coffee. Take a walk along Cuba Street to experience the city’s burgeoning coffee culture and sample some of its best roasts – favourite local café haunts include Fidel’s, Olive and Plum.
For those with a palate for a stiffer drink, Wellington’s bar and entertainment hub, Courtenay Quarter is a must-visit. Relax with a tipple at The Library, or witness mixologists work magic with cocktails at Bettys.
When thoughts turn to food, New Zealand’s unique food identity can be best sampled at award-winning restaurants like Logan Brown (Cuba Street) and Martin Bosley's Yacht Club (the waterfront). Attracting specialist chefs from all over the globe and showcasing exceptional local produce in innovative dishes, Wellington is touted as New Zealand’s’ food capital.
The riches of the area aren’t just limited to Wellington’s city limits… Surrounding regions also flaunt world-class drawcards.
One hour north-west of the city, amid the picturesque hills of Wairarapa, Martinborough helms one of New Zealand’s top food and wine districts. Home to the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail – of which 36 wineries surround Martinborough – the area is celebrated for producing some of the world’s best Pinot Noir.
In the other direction, nestled in the northern reaches of New Zealand’s South Island – a three hour ferry ride from Wellington – the country’s largest and most renowned wine growing district, the Marlborough region, also impresses. Breathtakingly beautiful, the Marlborough region harvests award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, and a diverse range of wild foods and local produce.
Virgin Australia operates flights to Wellington daily, direct from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Enjoy an all-inclusive New Zealand experience, our partner, Blue Holidays offers great Wellington holiday packages.