When most people think of New Zealand, they think of beautiful landscapes, stunning views, lots of nature, and crazy adventure sports. And that’s because those are the things people most often write and post photos about. But I would imagine that very few people, upon hearing “New Zealand,” would think of the Beehive in Wellington, the harbor in Auckland, or the cobbled streets of Queenstown.
People know OF New Zealand’s cities. But I would hazard a guess that not many people have any idea what they actually look like.
So for the next couple of Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a different aspect of New Zealand for you, doing my best to show you what this beautiful country’s cities and towns look like beyond the rolling green hills and snow-capped mountains.
This week, the spotlight falls on Wellington.
Wellington is my favorite city in New Zealand. It's the capital city of the country, but forget about picturing any other world capital when you think of “Windy Welly,” as it's been dubbed by the locals. This beautiful harbor city is not only the political capital of New Zealand, but also its cultural capital. Yes, you'll find government-type folk here, but you'll also find students and buskers and artists and normal Kiwis just going about their daily lives. Wellington isn't nearly as big as Auckland to the north, but it's still big enough to have a public transportation system and its own international airport. At the same time, though, it's small enough to be walkable.
Instead of me telling you about it, though, let me show you:
Wellington has character. From its colorful buildings to its colorful people, this is one city I can definitely see myself living in someday.
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So what do you think of Wellington after this post? Is it a place you'd like to visit?