Wellington, New Zealand

Wooded hillsides curve like a verdant amphitheater around Wellington’s harbor, welcoming travelers to the capital of New Zealand. Located at the southwestern tip of North Island, the city’s attractions include the country’s national museum, Te Papa, with exhibits that showcase the region’s social, cultural, biological and geological history, and Old St. Paul’s cathedral, a heritage site constructed in 1866 in the Gothic Revival style of architecture. Movie buffs can opt for excursions into the Hutt Valley to see filming locales from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy or tour Weta Workshop in nearby Miramar, the special effects and props studio that helped create blockbusters such as “King Kong” and “Avatar.” No visit to Wellington is complete without a ride on the town’s iconic cable car, which you can take to the top of a scenic overlook before walking down through a botanic garden to the Parliament buildings. For more memorable views, head to the Mount Victoria Lookout to watch the sunset.

Language: English
Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Wellington, New Zealand Weather
Temperature (Fahrenheit)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 67 67 65 61 56 53 51 52 55 57 60 64
Low 58 57 56 53 49 46 45 45 47 49 51 55
Average 63 62 61 57 53 50 48 49 51 53 56 60
Temperature (Celsius)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 19 19 18 16 13 12 11 11 13 14 16 18
Low 14 14 13 12 9 8 7 7 8 9 11 13
Average 17 17 16 14 12 10 9 9 11 12 13 16
Precipitation
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Inches 3 3 3 4 5 5 6 5 4 4 4 4
Centimeters 8 8 8 10 13 13 15 13 10 10 10 10

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