Wellington is biggest little city in New Zealand, and its spectacular harbour, Victorian architecture, and rolling hills make it one of the nation's prettiest cities too. Book a luxury holiday in Wellington, where you can explore its museums, galleries and vaunted dining scene, then go beyond the city limits, and see emerald forests, hidden coves, sheltered bays, and mirrored lakes.
Situated at the southern tip of the North Island, Wellington wraps itself around its expansive harbour, affording you remarkable views no matter which end of the city you are in. Known as the cultural capital of New Zealand, it is here where you can find some of the country's most important museums and galleries, like the Te Papa Museum, the City Gallery, and the Wellington Museum of City & Sea. Take the delightful cable car from downtown up to the panoramic Kelburn Lookout and the nearby Botanic Gardens. Then head back down and slide by the "Beehive", the city's most iconic building, and home to the Prime Minister's offices.
Afterwards, shop in the trendy boutiques of downtown, then spend the evening exploring the excellent bars and restaurants along the lovely waterfront. For the best view of the city, go to Mount Victoria, in Miramar, a neighbourhood that also boasts the celebrated Weta Workshop, a top effects company that helped put "Wellywood" on the map.
Outside of Wellington, to the east, you'll find trekking opportunities in the Aorangi and Rimutaka Forest Parks, and lake houses along the vast waters of Wairarapa. If you can, hop on a ferry to the South Island, and see the astonishing Abel Tasman National Park, the glorious wineries of Marlborough, and the cute town of Nelson.
The climate in Wellington is mild all year round, with comfortable summer temperatures and mild winter ones. In December to February, when the summer months are in full swing, expect the days to hover between 19°C to 24°C.
In winter, the temperature becomes cooler, but not by too much, as averages remain between 6°C and 9°C. the shoulder seasons of autumn and spring are also really pleasant, typically falling in the 10-15°C range.
Dining in Wellington promises fresh seafood, modern fusion cuisine, and lavish brunches. You'll find Maori, British and Mediterranean influences have shaped the cuisine: meaning you can try a traditional hāngi meal (usually pork, which is buried and cooked with hot stones), throw back a sophisticated Pinot Noir, and sit down with a slice of delicious pavlova, and know every dish is a New Zealand staple.
Investigate the award-winning restaurants in town too, and dine on oysters at Whitebait, prized lamb shanks at Logan Brown, and an amazing brunch at Floriditas.