Capital of New Zealand, Wellington has cultivated a reputation as a sporty city and also as a city with a flourishing arts scene. A great rugby-playing city, Wellington also boasts a wealth of cultural events and attractions which bring its streets, concert venues and theatres to life as well as its many cafes.
As host country of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand has several renowned teams such as the Hurricanes and the Wellington Rugby Football Union which are based in Wellington.
You will find several options available should you wish to take in a fantastic view of Wellington and snap a few breathtaking photographs! Hop in the Wellington Cable Car which crosses the city and makes for a fun family visit. You can get even higher by climbing Mount Victoria which offers a panoramic view of Wellington.
Culture in Wellington can be found in many different forms such as the Fringe Festival and the New Zealand International Film Festival while the Food Show invites you to try the local gastronomic specialities.
Wine is equally important and the top vintages of Wellington await you at the Hot Red Hawke's Bay Wine Expo.
As for family excursions, Wellington has lots to offer which will delight children and parents alike. After a wander on the Matiu Island, head for Wellington Zoo where children will love seeing koala bears and kangaroos!
And to combine sport and nature in a rather unusual event, pop along to the Sheep Shearing World Championships!