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Wellington is New Zealand’s capital and its second-highest populated city. A short flight from Sydney Airport it’s a perfect short escape for couples and families. Close to renowned wineries and restaurants, Wellington is full of sensory delights and experiences.
Seal Coast Safari
A 3 hour tour operating twice-daily from Wellington, this is a hands-on taste of Wellington scenery and wildlife through the rugged south coast. You’re guaranteed to see seals no matter what time of year you visit and the great views will make for an all-round great New Zealand adventure.
Wellington Cable Car
Jump on the historic Wellington cable car for a picturesque ride from Lambton Quay to Kelburn (and avoid the steep hills!). The cable car is so popular it runs every 10 minutes and promises ideal views of the CBD and harbour. A return trip takes only 20 minutes, but if you choose to take a single trip you can walk home through the beautiful hills and get a closer view of Wellington sites.
Zealandia: Karori Sanctuary
Wellington is gifted with numerous attractions which celebrate Wellington and Maori culture and New Zealand wildlife. ‘Zealandia’, the Karori Sanctuary, is an amazing glimpse into unique and bizarre wildlife native to New Zealand. Take the nocturnal tour to try and spot a Kiwi! A protected sanctuary, you will see lizards, birds, tuatara (a dinosaur-era species) and more within the beautiful grounds.
Zest Food Tours
If you’d rather someone pick the best of Wellington’s 300 different restaurants cafes and bars for you, a guided tour may be a good idea if you’re short on time. Zest Food Tours is a gourmet walking tour through Wellington’s hot spots. Recommended by Lonely Planet, Zest takes you to the insider areas of the Cuba and Courtenay Quarters, where cheese, coffee, chocolate and regional produce flourish.