Civic Square
Wellington City

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, recently named “The Coolest Little Capital in the World” by Lonely Planet.

Things to Do

Civic Square at night
Civic Square at night

Wellington is home to New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, and to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, as well as a host of other galleries and museums. It boasts a beautiful waterfront and numerous historic buildings. The city has some wonderful outdoor spaces, including the Botanic Gardens and Zealandia, a native bird sanctuary, both of which are accessible via the historic Cable Car.

Movie fans will know that much of the work on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films took place in Wellington. Attractions associated with the films include Weta Workshop. Tours of other film locations depart from Wellington every day.

What to Expect and What to Bring

Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay

The conference takes place in mid-February, which is mid-summer in New Zealand. Wellington has a mild climate, and the temperatures are likely to be in the low to mid- 20sC (68-77F). Because of its exposed location, there is always the chance of cool, wet, or windy days, so a light waterproof jacket is a must.

Wellington is a compact, walkable city, so a pair of good walking shoes is advisable too.

Further information

For further information about Wellington, see http://www.wellingtonnz.com

If you’re planning to travel around New Zealand, you might find this brochure useful.