Travel in Australia and New Zealand
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and probably its most picturesque city. Set against the backdrop of the hills and facing a waterfront, this populous city offers a relax feel to it, with plenty to see and do.
If you're starting out your vacation on a relaxed note, head for the Waterfront Walkway. Though this is a relaxing stroll you're taking, you'll feel the vibrant bustling feel with all the different mixtures of people and things happening all in one place. Hear the seagulls, watch the many fishermen go into frenzy at times or just admire the beautiful yachts as they come and go.
Start of either at Queens Warf and head toward the train station or Chaffers Marina and just immerse yourself in the atmosphere and surroundings. And if you pass or happen to start at Te Papa, you should check out Te Papa Tongarewa as well, the Museum of New Zealand. This unique museum holds testimony to New Zealand's great heritage and culture, with some of its best kept treasures on display.
For those who like the waterfront as much as I do and can't get enough of the ocean and ferries passing by, another location to head for would be Lyall Bay. Take a walk or soak up some rays at this beautiful white sanded beach. If you long for some fun while you're there, this beach is one of the best for riding or dodging some huge waves or just swimming in and around the rock pools.
If you're visiting Wellington with the kids or if you're an animal lover, head for The Wellington Zoo. Comparing it to other zoos, this one seems a tad smaller, but none the less with some really strong features making it worth the visit. Get up close and personal with the Pandas and the Giraffes, watch the big cats laze around and see the kiwi, a species native to New Zealand.
New Zealand really is a special place with small fun things to try out at every corner. When getting around the city, don't forget to hop on the famous flaming red cable car that goes between Lambton Quay and the inner suburbs of Kelburn. Panoramic city views can be seen from this funky cable car and it even heads for the beautiful Botanic Gardens as it passes through downtown. And for those of you who happen to be avid fans of The Lord of the Rings, surprise surprise; a movie tour just for you in Wellington!
Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing NZ holiday rentals and Vacation accommodation worldwide http://www.holiday-velvet.com/.