Destination guide

Rolling out the kiwi welcome in Wellington City

From scenery seekers to culture vultures, New Zealand's capital, Wellington City, has sights to spare for travelers of all ages. This waterfront city on New Zealand's North Island along the Cook Strait is nicknamed "Windy Wellington." Although that names comes from its weather, it may as well be because it's such a breeze to find exciting things to do. Centrally located Wellington City vacation rentals will put you in the heart of it all. Strolling along the harborfront, or savoring a sunset on the beach make for ideal vacation relaxation, while a jaunt to the zoo, a show at the planetarium, or ride on the city's cablecar offer 4-season family fun.

Things to do

Soak in the kiwi scene in Wellington City

Get the best views of the city with a ride on the Wellington Cable Car. You'll get captivating scenery and be able to visit the Botanic Garden, Space Place Observatory, and Cable Car Museum. Film buffs will want to make a point to visit the Weta Cave, which offers tours and showcases props from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar, and other films. Get to know the history of the area at the Wellington Museum and the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum. Get up close to the local fauna with a trip to Zealandia, a protected wildlife sanctuary, and meet a menagerie of creatures at the Wellington Zoo.


A vacation well spent in Wellington City

From beachcombing and museum-hopping to mountain biking and kayaking, there's something to scratch every vacation itch in Wellington City. To unwind before hitting the hay at Wellington City vacation rentals, you can take a harbor-side stroll, shop the boutiques on the Golden Mile on Lambton Quay, or get acquainted with local art and culture at an array of compelling museums and galleries. The city's cultural scene is always on point with seasonal festivals and ballets, symphonies, and theater performances galore. Botanical gardens and wildlife preserves entice nature and animal lovers, while foodies embrace the city's reputation as the culinary capital of New Zealand.


C'mon over, the weather's Swell-ington

Wellington City has a moderate climate year round, with temperatures averaging in the 60s in the summer, making it a popular time to visit. You'll snag the best deals on Wellington City vacation rentals in the cooler months from May to November. Winter temps hover around the upper 40s and mid 50s, with rain a bit more likely than during the rest of the year. Since the city's known as "Windy Wellington," don't zip up your suitcase without a trusty windbreaker and be sure to pack a coat for cooler nights if visiting during the winter months.

Natural features

A wealth of natural beauty in Wellington City

Wellington City welcomes you with lush hillside surrounding a picturesque harbor along the Cook Strait on New Zealand's North Island. With sandy beaches, a waterfront promenade, and plenty of parkland, there's no shortage of scenery. This includes the architecture of this compact city, including a landmark government building known as the Beehive for its one-of-a-kind shape. The harbor houses 3 islands, including Maitu/Somes Island, home to several rare species and a popular attraction for visitors to the city. The surrounding hills and coastline offer intriguing terrain for hikers, including the highest point, Mount Kaukau, and the Red Rocks Reserve.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Wellington

Fly into Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Paraparaumu (PPQ), which is 28.9 mi (46.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Wellington Station, Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station and Wellington Crofton Downs Station are the main stations in the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Wellington City?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 170 vacation rentals near Wellington City. From 16 Cottages to 69 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Wellington City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Wellington City?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wellington City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Te Aro: 50 vacation rentals
  • Wellington International Airport (WLG): 172 vacation rentals
  • Newtown Park: 169 vacation rentals
  • Wellington CBD: 47 vacation rentals
  • Khandallah: 147 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Wellington City! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Wellington City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wellington City:

  • Khandallah: 147 rentals
  • Newlands: 154 rentals
  • Kelburn: 141 rentals
  • Hataitai: 140 rentals
  • Marlborough: 470 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Wellington City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Wellington City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Newtown Park: 169 rentals
  • New Zealand Film Archive: 176 rentals
  • Zealandia: 164 rentals
  • Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station: 179 rentals
  • Mount Victoria Lookout: 176 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Wellington City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.