Just outside the city you will find Princess Bay, a sweet sandy cove that is an ideal place to spend a sunny day. The bay is sheltered from the winds coming off the sea, and so it's popular among locals and visitors alike for picnicking, swimming, exploring the rock pools, and hiking the coastal trails.
Visit the legendary Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, where almost all of the production, design, and effects of The Lord of the Rings were planned and created. Today, it is still one of the most innovative effects and prop companies in the world. Tour the workshop, and take a pic with the mountain trolls that stand guard outside the building.
Admire this beautiful city from the panoramic heights of Mount Victoria. If you love to be outdoors, then you can start from the base of the park, and wander through the forested trails to the summit of the mount, or, you can hop in a luxury sports car and drive to the peak with the top down.
The incredible Te Papa Museum is perhaps the most important museum in New Zealand. Housing an extraordinary collection of native Maori art and artefacts, this institute allows you to get to know the spirit and history of New Zealand's powerful indigenous people. Other highlights include the astonishing Gallipoli exhibition, with giant life-like soldiers created for the museum by Weta Workshop.
One of Wellington's claims-to-fame is that it's the 'Gateway to the South Island'. Hop on a ferry, cross the Cook Straight, and arrive into the spectacular bays of the South Island. When you reach the other side, you can explore pretty Nelson, the famed Abel Tasman National Park, and the wineries of the Marlborough Region.