The city of Wellington is located on the south-western tip of New Zealand's North Island on Cook Strait. Wellington has been the capital city of New Zealand since 1865, the year in which it claimed the title off Auckland. It is known as the southernmost capital city in the world and is also considered as the most remote.
Wellington sits on the edge of a stunning natural harbor and is surrounded by green, rolling hills. It is unduly the cultural, administrative and political center of the country and is the second largest urban area in New Zealand. It is home to some of the world's best museums, art galleries, restaurants and coffee houses, making it the storehouse for the nation's historic, cultural and artistic treasures.
The city center itself is best explored by foot, so park your campervan rental in a convenient location and trek the streets of this stunning city on foot. Start your exploration at Civic Square, which is situated right in the heart of the city. The city center is home to a variety of architectural styles, with some dating as far back as 150 years ago. Wellington enjoys more than 2060 hours of sunshine a year, which means that you can enjoy walking the streets in pleasant weather!
The city lifestyle offers you a never ending array of activities to take part in and there is sure to be something to please all. Shop til you drop at the excellent shopping facilities on offer and discover the charming, hidden boutiques, gift shops and creative cafés. Wander out to the harbor and take in the breathtaking views as you wander along one of the many harbor walks. The sounds and smells of the ocean hang in the air, allowing you to enjoy the fresh coastal breeze and breathe in the fresh, crisp air.
The city also comes to life when the sun goes down and the stars bright up the sky. The cityscape takes on a shimmering and glittering glow that boasts a vibrant arts scene, strong cafe culture and a bustling nightlife. Discover the trendy bars and nightclubs that emerge as the darkness blankets the city and relax with a specialty cocktail or locally produced glass of wine.
While visiting the city of Wellington, you simply must pay a visit to the local botanical gardens. The gardens are positioned on 25 hectares of protected native forest and boast conifers, locally native plant collections and changing seasonal displays. Walking through the park will allow you to enjoy stunning views over the city of Wellington, all while getting back in touch with nature and soaking up the natural wonder that surrounds.
Another of the local hotspots is the Colonial Cottage Museum, which is New Zealand's oldest, identified museum. A visit here will allow you to enjoy spectacular gardens and the remaining portion of the 1840 New Zealand Company Town Acre. The cottage itself is an elegant, late-Georgian style and depots New Zealand's colonial times and days gone by.
The great thing about a campervan is that you can explore the surrounding areas of the major cities with ease and at your own leisure. Wellington in particular is surrounded by some of the country's most stunning areas, all within short driving distances of the city center.
Poneke is located a very short distance from Wellington and is home to many of New Zealand's historical attractions. Take some time to learn about Matiu / Somes Island history with the guidance of the local experts or visit the Government Buildings Historic Reserve.
Wairarapa is located just over an hour from Wellington and is home to some of New Zealand's most spectacular natural wonderlands. Mount Bruce / Pukatia Wildlife Center is located here, along with Tararua forest parks and the Lake Wairarapa wetlands. No matter what your tastes are when it comes to nature, Wairarapa is sure to offer something beautiful.
When staying in Wellington, your accommodation choices will be very wide, allowing you to pick and choose where you want to stay. When it comes to searching for somewhere to park your campervan for the night, you simply can not go past the local Top 10 Holiday Park. These parks are renovated for offering modern facilities, a friendly atmosphere and wide open spaces for you to rest your campervan. Staying here will allow you to sit back, relax and explore Wellington, knowing that you have a great place to stay.
Adding a visit to Wellington to your itinerary on your New Zealand campervan holiday will give you the perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors, shop til you drop, sample culinary delights and discover a stunning cityscape that will be imprinted in your mind for many days to come.