New Zealand Cities, Part 2: Wellington in Photos

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When most people think of New Zealand, they think of beautiful landscapes, stunning viewslots of nature, and crazy adventure sportsAnd 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.

Houses at Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

Houses looking out on Oriental Bay.

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, New Zealand

View of the harbor and Mt. Victoria from Queen's Wharf.

Civic Square, Wellington, New Zealand

Civic Square, with the fern ball sculpture suspended above.

Old Government Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand

The Old Government buildings down by Parliament.

NZ Parliament, Wellington, New Zealand

NZ Parliament, with the Beehive (Executive Wing) at the far end.

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View of the city from in front of the Beehive.

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Down by the waterfront.

Wellington, New Zealand

The view over the city from the cable car stop at the Botanic Garden.

Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand

Courtenay Place, a popular nightlife spot downtown.

Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand

Sculpture near the Embassy Theater at the end of Courtenay Place.

Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand

Courtenay Place during the day.

Wellington Writer's Walk, New Zealand

Part of the Wellington Writer's Walk along the waterfront.

Taranaki Street, Wellington, New Zealand

The view up Tarnaki Street, one of Wellington's major roads.

Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand

An alleyway off Lambton Quay.

Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand

Walking down Lambton Quay. Those cables overhead are for the trolley buses.

Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand

Still on Lambton Quay.

Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand

Lambton Quay on a slow day. This is the city's main shopping district.

Old Saint Paul's, Wellington, New Zealand

Old Saint Paul's church, constructed of native NZ timber.

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Wellington waterfront.

Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand

Cuba Street! My favorite part of Wellington.

Wellington, New Zealand

The downtown business district.

Wellington, New Zealand

Boat houses near the harbor.

Wellington, New Zealand

Near Queen's Wharf.

Wellington, New Zealand

Down by the waterfront - the best place to be on a sunny day.

Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand

Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand.

Wellington Buses, New Zealand

Part of the GoWellington bus fleet near the railway station.

Wellington Railway Station, New Zealand

Wellington railway station.

Circa Theater, Wellington, New Zealand

The colorful Circa Theater down by Te Papa and the waterfront.

Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand

The suburb of Miramar, to give you a taste of Wellington's residential neighborhoods.

Frank Kitts Park, Wellington, New Zealand

The lighthouse slide at Frank Kitts Park.

Wellington, New Zealand

The city lit up at dusk, as seen from the Mount Victoria lookout.

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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And stay tuned next week, when I'll feature Queenstown!


So what do you think of Wellington after this post? Is it a place you'd like to visit?


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