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Te Papa National Museum
Te Papa National Museum Para Matchitt's Sculptures
Wellington's attractions include Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand, and the excellent Museum of Wellington City and Sea. Wellington is home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the National Opera. Cultural attractions include several live theatres and regular performances by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. At the other end of the scale, Wellington has a throbbing nightlife with hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars. Courtenay Place buzzes with activity every night of the week.

Wellington's waterfront is a great place to stroll and features more places to eat and drink. Downtown Wellington has both highrise buildings and architecture from earlier eras. Lambton Quay's west side has a kilometre of shopping; uninterrupted by street crossings, it bustles with activity. Enjoy a coffee at a sidewalk cafe and watch the world go by or shop until you drop.

Parliament and the Beehive occupy a special precinct at the north end of Lambton Quay. Directly across the street is the original historic Parliament Building, the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere and now the Law School of Victoria University. Wellington Cathedral and historic Saint Paul's church are nearby. Visitors are welcome everywhere.

Oriental Bay Days Bay
Western Harbour: Oriental Bay Eastern Harbour: Days Bay

Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings was created by Wellington's Peter Jackson whose film studios are located in Miramar. Guided tours of the many Wellington Lord of the Rings film locations are a popular attraction with.

Nestled between the high surrounding hills and the harbour, Wellington has a fascinating topography. Winding eighty kilometres around the harbour is Wellington's Marine Drive, which varies from the glamour of Oriental Bay to remote and rugged coastlines. Stop en route and explore the beaches, enjoy the South Island views and the spectacle of Wellington's rugged coastline. Return via Brooklyn and view the city from high above.

Other activities include great mountain bike riding on Wellington's hills, sailing and ferry trips on Wellington Harbour. Highly recommended is the wildlife sanctuary for bush walks among the native birds.

Wellington Botanic Gardens View from Veranda
Wellington Botanic Gardens View from Balcony

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