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Wellington Tourism Overview

About Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, lies at the southwestern tip of the North Island in a supremely beautiful situation, surrounded by water and steep hills, with its picturesque natural harbor, Port Nicholson. Wellington boasts an eclectic mix of shops. With a host of fashion stores and the country's premier department store, the city offers some of New Zealand's best, if not most affordable, shopping opportunities.

Wellington, one of the premier tourist destinations of the world, is the capital of New Zealand. Popularly known as "Windy Wellington".

Some of the notable Tourist Attractions of Wellington are Archives New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand Museum, BATS Theatre, Botanical Garden, Circa Theatre, Downstage Theatre, Helipro, Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, Little Monkeys, National Library, Otari-Wilton's Bush & lots more.

In the east of Wellington region are Eastbourne and Wainouiomata, with craft shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to discover. Rimutaka Forest Park, the easternmost part of Wellington region, has a network of scenic walking tracks and huts.

Just 45 minutes by car or rail from Wellington, Kapiti Coast is the recreational playground for the lower North Island, with both beaches and mountains readily accessible. Choose from white water rafting, safe swimming, boating, hunting and hiking, golfing, horse trekking and bush walks.


Geographic Location : Lower part of the North Island.
Population : 300,000
Time Zone : GMT + 12 (GMT + 13 from the first Sunday in October to the third Sunday in March).
Electricity : 240-250 volts AC, 50Hz; flat three-pin plugs are used.
Money :

1 New Zealand Dollar (NZ$1) = £0.39; US$0.57; C$0.71; A$0.81; ‚¬0.43

Currency conversion rates as of April 2009


Climate and Geography

Summer Average : 19°C.

Winter Average : 5°C.

Average Rainfall : 1270mm/year.


Transportation

There is a well developed system of transportation in Wellington. Most of the hotels are tourist attractions are easily accessible by buses or cars. Transportation in Wellington is very well supported by busses. You will find plenty buses running in regular intervals in the city. You can also enjoy easy transportation in Wellington by trains.

The train is the best mode of public transport between the city and the Hutt Valley or Porirua. The most convenient way to travel between the Hutt Valley and Porirua is by train via Wellington.

You can also bring your own vehicle. The metered car parking is free in the city, with a two-hour time limit.

Taxis are also widely found in the city. You can either avail of the executive Taxis that cost a bit higher or go for the budget Taxis that are comparatively much reasonably priced.


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