The capital of New Zealand and the country's second largest city, Wellington is a dramatic and lively destination. Built around the stunning natural harbour, the city is surrounded by mountains and enjoys fine views across the Cook Strait to South Island. The city manages to combine an exciting urban experience with the joys of the great outdoors. The compact city centre offers first-rate galleries, trendy cafes and chic boutiques, while breathtaking hiking trails circle the city and beautiful vineyards are within a few hours drive. Secure your tickets now to this idyllic New Zealand gem.
It is thought that Wellington was first discovered by the Polynesian explorer Kupe, in 950 AD. In 1773, Captain Cook arrived and the area was mapped and named Port Nicholson by Captain Herd in 1826. In 1840, The New Zealand Company renamed the settlement Wellington, in honour of the Duke of the same name. The city's glorious harbour and excellent location between North and South Island helped it to grow quickly and it became capital of the country in 1865. The history of the city is intertwined with huge earthquakes, one of which, in 1855, raised the land from the bay on which the modern city is built.
Wellington has lots to do for both lovers of the outdoors and those who prefer a more sedate city break. Most attractions are within easy reach and the public transport network is excellent. Build your itinerary from some of these highlights.
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Approximate Air Distance: 8520 km
Approximate Flight Duration: 12 hrs 5 min
Major Airlines: Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Qantas, British Airways etc.
Major Airports: Departure from Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) / Arrival at Wellington Airport (ZQN) with 1 stop either from Auckland, Sydney or Melbourne depending on the airline.
Major Tourism Spots: North Island: Wellington cable car, Botanic garden, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa etc
Popular season: Summer
Summer falls in December, January and February. Average temperatures: 20 to 25 degrees.
Cheaper fares during Winter season
Winter is from June to August and air tickets are generally cheaper during the winter travel period. Average temperatures: 12 to 16 degrees.
Shoulder seasons: Spring & Autumn
Autumn is from March to May. Average temperatures: 17 to 21 degrees.
Spring is from September to November. Average temperatures: 16 to 19 degrees.
CTSG tip: The average New Zealand temperature gets lower as you travel south.
Estimate S$ 1.00 = NZ$1.10
Wellington has a great variety of cultural, sporting and fun events throughout the year. Here is just a taste of what you can expect:
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