Wellington will charm you the moment you set eyes on it. A large part of the city’s appeal stems from its natural setting: rugged hills rise above a busy harbour, buildings perch on hillsides, streets wind their way around the coast and into hidden valleys.
It’s a compact city – the concentrated mix of business, the arts, sports, entertainment and café society add to Wellington’s vibrancy and appeal.
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Easy to get to… easy to get around.
One of Wellington’s most appealing features is its compactness. The CBD is just 2 km wide, this bustling, energetic metropolis is full of vitality and has all the attractions of a modern cosmopolitan city. Delegates can stroll between hotels, meeting venues, cafés, shops, restaurants, galleries, and tourist hot spots within minutes.
Wellington is just as easy to get to as it is to get around, being accessible by major highways, the main trunk railway line, Cook Strait ferries, and domestic and international air services. The airport is only a 20 minute drive from the city centre.
Wellington justifiably holds the title of ‘New Zealand’s cultural capital’. Some of our celebrated residents include:
- The Royal New Zealand Ballet
- The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
- Te Whaea – National Dance and Orchestra Drama Centre
- The internationally acclaimed Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
- The biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival
- Weta Digital, home of special effects for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong
- The spectacular annual World of WearableArt™ Awards
- Many prominent actors, writers, dancers, musicians, fashion designers and other artists.
Professional theatres and contemporary art galleries abound in Wellington, making it easy to catch a play or find a significant piece of art to take back home. Wellington is also New Zealand’s leading city for modern sculpture, with plenty on public display throughout the town.
Literature fans will enjoy the Wellington Writers’ Walk around the waterfront, where text sculptures display quotes about Wellington from well known New Zealand writers. Or visit the National Library, New Zealand’s premier cultural and information resource, and check out one of the regularly changing exhibitions in its gallery.
For an insight into Wellington’s past, follow a self-guided heritage trail through the city, admiring historic buildings and public art. The Museum of Wellington City & Sea explores the city’s distinctive character from first settlement by Māori to the present – a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Cutting Edge Wellington
Superb venues, up-to-the-minute presentation technology, and first-class conference facilities are here.
Wellington’s extensive central business district Wi-Fi coverage also makes it easy to do business wherever delegates are. Within the coverage area delegates can use their laptop or PDA to connect with the Internet or a corporate LAN, without plugging in!
Where to Eat and Meet
Wellington is a culinary capital, famous for its variety of cafés and restaurants. There are more than 300 of these treasures located throughout the city, offering the finest food, wine and coffee.
Included in that 300 are Matterhorn, the New Zealand Cuisine Restaurant of the Year 2008 and Martin Bosley’s Restaurant, the New Zealand Hotel Restaurant of the Year for 2007.
When it comes to dining in New Zealand’s capital delegates will be spoilt for choice, no matter what their budget.
The majority of these are within the CBD and are walkable from most accommodation in Wellington’s CBD.
A number of Wellington’s restaurants specifically cater for different dietary requirements, such as gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, low glycaemic index, dairy-free etc.
Wellington also has a very strong coffee culture, providing a range of options from global brand outlets to local icons. Coffee is ingrained as part of the vibe of the city.