The differences between Wellington and Auckland are a bit like the differences between Melbourne and Sydney. While its flashy northern sister is preoccupied by looks, Wellington is a thriving bohemian city filled with tiny cafés who take coffee so seriously its become a religion.
Bars here are setting trends for cocktail drinking all over the world, while restaurants are following the world tendency of dumping force-fed-fanciness and branching out with snappy, casual offerings dealt out with a dose of fun. There’s a real flair for fashion in Wellington too.
It’s a little bit Portland; a little bit San Francisco; but then, Wellington really has a step and style all its own, born from talented local designers and the need to cover up against that occasional gale that howls down Cuba Street. Big ticket New Zealand designers such as Karen Walker, Starfish and Zambesi all have stores here, but also take some time to discover the little shops hidden down laneways celebrating the work of young Wellington designers. Vintage stores offer pristine items not easily found in Australia for reasonable prices, and there are great markets as well.
Of course, the best part of Wellington is the fact that basically everything is a ten minute walk away from wherever you are. And that ten minute walk will be injected with fashion, food and coffee.
Time Out and Positively Wellington Tourism are proud to offer the best of this fantastic city, from bars and restaurants to shopping and must-see sights – not to mention those famous wine regions, all within easy reach of the capital. Have fun!
To find out more, check out Positively Wellington.
To help you guide your way through Wellington, we've hand picked a few places that we think you should head over and see.
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