Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, exudes the very epitome of what makes this country so great: a harmonious connection between nature and urban life. Located in the north, in the part that the Maoris call Aotearoa, or "land of the long white cloud", the city is far from resembling a capital.
Flanked by green hills, its waterfront is edged with cozy, Victorian-style homes, giving it the feel of San Francisco. We find the same sweet life that characterizes the Californian city but with the addition of a Maori heritage.
Wellington proudly showcases this cultural symbiosis as it welcomes you into museums that represent both Aboriginal and British culture, just like the Cable Car Museum. Even more moving is the iconic Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand and a place that celebrates and showcases all the country's cultures.
Many attractions await you as you head off to the district of Cuba Street, where you'll experience all the seaside sensations alfresco. Eclectic and sophisticated, this highpoint of Wellington brings together theater-cafes, restaurants and luxury boutiques in a charming bohemian atmosphere. A sassy and colorful New Zealand is waiting to be discovered, as you savor a flat white on the terrace of one of its many cafes.
Without turning your back on its historical heritage, you should leave the city center and breathe in the pure air of Wellington and its surrounding countryside to really experience its true beauty. In this vein, some of you might head for Wellington Zoo where you can watch the noble tamarin monkeys, while others of you might opt for the joys of hiking.
As you enjoy a bike ride along the Makara Peak or a trip in a kayak to explore the surrounding bays, the capital city of Wellington is more than deserving of its nickname "the coolest in the world".