New Zealand’s capital city – home to Parliament, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, a thriving film industry, and heaps of other cool stuff. The earliest Maori name for Wellington is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui – which means ‘the head of Maui’s fish’ – stemming from the Maori legend that polynesian navigator Maui fished up the North Island.
From culture to coffee, music to movie-making, Wellington’s sights and sounds will leave you wanting more. If you’re into the outdoors we’ve got action-packed adventure activities to picturesque walks around the beautiful harbour and hills. Come celebrate our culture at Te Papa or come face-to-face with the closest living relative to a dinosaur at ZEALANDIA. Get a taste of Wellywood at the Weta Cave movie museum or just watch the world go by at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden sand inner-city beach.