Wellington
New Zealand
By Doree Simon

Wellington, New Zealand: Repeatedly ranked as one of the best cities to visit and recently dubbed “the coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet. This southern-most capital city is home to some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes, made famous by films such as The Lord of the Rings and Avatar. With yearlong mild temperatures (averaged 39-77 degrees F) and attractions for all ages, budgets and personalities, Wellington, NZ should be high on any traveler’s list of places to visit.

WhatsCheaper.com welcomes you to book your next trip to Wellington. Located at the southwestern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington can be reached by flying into Wellington International Airport (WLG). Travelers can get to and from the airport by car, bus, taxi or shuttle. Click on the following link to let WhatsCheaper.com help you book your flight (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). Wellington is also accessible by taking a three-hour ferry across the Cook Straight from Picton, a city on the northern tip of the South Island. These rather pricey ferry rides generally make four trips per day, and are a great option for travelers with cars. WhatsCheaper.com can also help you book your accommodations for your visit to Wellington. Click here to get started: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). Hotel rooms in the area are all fantastic family lodging options.

As Wellington is home to some of nature’s most stunning creatures, spending a day at Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience is the most unique and exciting way to encounter New Zealand’s culture, creatures and captivating environment. Just minutes from downtown, Zealandia offers exhibits on local wildlife, hikes through the valley, night tours of the sanctuary, and more. Be sure to keep your eye out for kiwis, New Zealand’s local birds! Affordable adult passes and discounted tickets for children, families, students and seniors, make the trip to Zealandia fun and affordable for everyone.

As a primary shooting location for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar (2009) and King Kong (2005), Wellington has rightfully earned the moniker, “Wellywood.” WhatsCheaper.com recommends taking a movie tour through Adventure Safari, which provides reasonably priced tours with shuttle-service from three convenient locations downtown. These tours include bush walks, movie clips on location, props, special effects explanations, and more.

Adventure-seeking travelers should look into booking mountain biking tours through Mud Cycles. Located at 421 Karori Road, this shop offers rentals and guided mountain bike tours through Wellington’s Makara Peak. Just a fifteen-minute ride west of the city center, their affordable tours can include lunch and transportation from hotels.

Wellington is also home to an eclectic music and comedy scene, and has presented the world with memorable personalities, including Flight of the Conchords. Downtown Wellington has a slew of music and comedy venues, and travelers in town from late April to early May should look into stopping by The New Zealand International Comedy Festival, which is sure to create laughs for all ages.

Shopping at the numerous downtown boutiques and markets is a must-do for travelers looking to get the most out of their Wellington experience. For the best boutiques, head to Cuba Street, Lambton Quat and College Street. WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting Recycle Boutique at 209 Cuba Street, which carries vintage items for men and women. Underground Market is also great place to find emerging designers, jewelry, gifts, home goods, and even live music. You can find this in the underground car park on Jervois Quay, at the lagoon end of Frank Kitts Park on Saturdays from 10AM-4PM.

For Wellington’s more gastronomically inclined visitors, City Market is a great place to find fresh fruits and vegetables. Check it out in the atrium of the Chaffer’s Dock Building on Herd Street on Sundays from 8:30AM to 12:30PM. For a more exquisite dining experience, complete with gorgeous waterfront view of the Harbor and superb selection of seafood, WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting Martin Bosley’s Yacht Club Restaurant on Oriental Parade. And for a fun night out, check out trendy bars hidden off of Tory Street, pubs and dance clubs on Courtenay Place, or live indie bands on Cuba Street.

If you’re not already sold on booking a trip to Wellington, perhaps some of its other notable attractions will win you over: various museums and art galleries, Cable Car rides, the Botanical Garden, a Planetarium, and food: many, many award-winning restaurants. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you find the best rates on flights and hotels and begin booking your trip to Wellington today!

MUST SEE IN Wellington LIST:

  • 1. Wellington Botanic Garden
  • 2. Museum of New Zealand
  • 3. Parliament Building
  • 4. Mount Victoria
  • 5. Wellington Zoo
  • 6. Southward Vintage Car Museum
  • 7. Interislander Cook Strait Ferry
  • 8. Westpac Stadium
  • 9. Carter Observatory
  • 10. Museum of Wellington City & Sea

Wellington EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Wellington Summer City Mardi Gras - January
  • 2. Wellington Cup Carnival - January
  • 3. Big Coast - February
  • 4. International Dragon Boat Festival - March
  • 5. TV2 International Laugh Festival - April
  • 6. International Film Festival - July
  • 7. International Jazz Festival - October
  • 8. Folk Festival - October
  • 9. Toast Martinborough Festival - November
  • 10. Carols by Candlelight - December

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InterContinental Wellington
2 Grey Street, Wellington, New Zealand
By Sarah Balkissoon

Make New Zealand’s thriving capital city your backyard by staying at the InterContinental Wellington, New Zealand.  Located in the heart of Wellington, the InterContinental is just seconds from New Zealand’s parliamentary “beehive”, picturesque Wellington Harbor, and minutes away from Te Papa the city’s National Museum.  Arriving at the InterContinental by car is easy, less than twenty minutes from the airport.  You can Self Park in a secure and well-lit facility, use the hotel’s valet parking service or you can arrive using the InterContinental chauffer service.   All options are available for a fee.  After 3 p.m. guests are welcome to check in and unwind in the comfort and luxury of their guestrooms.

The InterContinental offers a variety of guestroom options including Standard rooms, Suites, and Deluxe Suites.  Standard rooms have queen or twin beds, cable TV, Wi-Fi, a rollaway bed upon request, and a plush InterContinental robe. Suites have king beds, an elegant lounge area, and a state of the art sound system in addition. And Deluxe rooms feature a daily complementary cocktail hour, a morning newspaper, an executive check-in area, and a separate complimentary meeting space.  Executive floors and single rooms are also available.

Explore the many amenities of the InterContinental fitness center, dining, and various executive services. Guests can wake up to an optimized workout with a personal trainer or a group classes and refresh themselves with the spa, sauna, and pool facilities.  For bright produce and a modern cuisine, the Chameleon restaurant is an inspired choice and the Lobby Lounge is the perfect place to sip a morning coffee or an afternoon tea.  For professionals, the InterContinental offers a secretary service, printer and copying services, and pc rental.  Executives will be comfortable in any of the six available meeting spaces that range from boardroom to banquet style. These spaces can accommodate up to four hundred people. A variety of languages are spoken at the hotel including English, Spanish, Chinese, German, and Serbian.  Spanish and English speaking meeting and sales professionals are available to help assist in planning conferences and special events.

The InterContinental Wellington makes it easy to travel in comfort and style.  Return to the elegant lobby for an 11 a.m. check out or arrange for a late checkout and catch one last site in Wellington.  Start your New Zealand adventure with WhatsCheaper.com and book your stay today: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).  

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