Wellington New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline. Attractions of the city include The Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa, the Botanic Gardens and Parliament House and the architectural symbol of the country – the Beehive. Wellington is compact and easy to explore on foot and a number of excursions to take in the highlights of the city and its surrounds can be pre-booked.
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Top things to do in Wellington
Bird watching on Kapiti Island
Kapiti Island is a protected nature reserve and home to many of New Zealand’s most rare bird species, some of which are now extinct on the mainland. Departing from Wellington you will be driven up the coast before taking a short ferry trip to the island. On arrival you will have a guided tour along the bush trails and coastal tracks looking out for the different bird species, which without any natural predators can be quite tame.
Discover rare flora & fauna at Zealandia
Designed to show how New Zealand was 1,000 years ago, before the arrival of any humans, Zealandia gives an insight into lost flora and fauna that once thrived and the impact humans have had in this short time. Following a sound and light show explaining New Zealand’s natural history, you will meet your guide and begin a one hour drive through New Zealand’s native bush, in search of remaining species such as the Kiwi.
Walk through the streets of Wellington
Best explored on foot, Wellington is set on the edge of a harbour. There are two recommended guided walks; one visiting the cultural highlights and the other focussing on the gourmet highlights. The cultural tour takes in the key sights of the city centre, while the gourmet tour includes visits to some of the city’s best cafés to try local produce.
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