Wellington is much more than just New Zealand’s capital city. It’s a vibrant eclectic mix of architecture styles, unusual street art, culture, and history. I have written a lot about the city in other articles, but this page is about enjoying Wellington photos.
The city has been one of my favourite weekend getaway destinations since my first visit over 15 years ago. Living in Auckland, it is an easy flight. And thankful, the city is walkable.
Or, we make a longer adventure and drive from Auckland to Wellington, making it a much longer adventure.
A picture is worth 1000 words, so I will show you why I love Wellington in the photos below. First, let me tempt you with our country.
Be inspired . . .
As American expats who have been living in and exploring NZ for over 20 years, we see things from both a local’s perspective and from that of a visitor. Therefore, we understand what it’s like to come here and have things be similar, but not always exactly what we are used to. We share the information on this page from this perspective.
Wellington photos: beautiful waterfront
- Wellington looks after its history. The boatshed in the first photo is one of the city’s oldest buildings. The tower was built in 1885 to protect the country from invasion by Russia.
- There’s a beach right in the heart of town at Oriental Bay.
- The views from the top of the cable car line are incredible. Up here you will also find the Botanic Gardens, Cable Car Museum, and Carter Observatory.
- My personal favourite is the 360º views from the top of Mount Victoria. We can even see the airport in the image just below.
Wellington photos: artwork and creativity
- Colourful fountains are among the interesting artwork found throughout the city. The famous water and bucket sculpture is on Cuba Street.
- Te Papa, the national museum holds our history, including this Maori gate.
- There is plenty of street art to enjoy. In fact, colourful graffiti art is so prevalent that we even found it on this retail signage.
- Awesome artwork is easy to spot on the streets. I love this sculpture of the broken lamppost on Lambton Quay in the main shopping district.
- Civic Square: Prior to the big 1855 earthquake, this area was underwater. The quake caused a 1.5-metre uplift (plus there is some reclaimed land). The sculpted metal ball appears to float in the sky. It was an icon for years but is no longer there. Neither is the green patch that had been installed in 2015 as the city was a Cricket World Cup host.
The people make the city special
Like every city, it’s the people that make it special. Talented, interesting, and friendly. Here are a few random people we have encountered:
- Creative street performers are found in a variety of locations. The photo below was part of a captivating capoeira group performing on Cuba Street.
- The 100 Strangers Project found me shooting interesting people donning a rainbow of hair colours.
- We have seen the piano along the waterfront in the past. It is free for anyone to play, asking only for donations to keep it in tune. I wish I had shot a video rather than an image, as this little boy is enormously talented.
Photo Credit: Sarah Albom
Wellington photos: animation
In a city well known for Lord of the Rings and the Weta studios, animation can be seen in a variety of spots.
- Weta Cave and Weta Workshop is a special effects company that is home to Lord of the Rings and other great movies and TV programmes.
- Gallipoli The Scale of our War is a special ten-year exhibit at Te Papa the National Museum. At one point there were three dramatic war exhibits in the city.
Wellington photos: nature
- This particular little blue penguin lives at the Wellington Zoo. Little blues are the world’s smallest penguins. They are frequently spotted in the waters around New Zealand.
- Beautiful and exotic flowers and native plant life fill the botanic gardens.
- Takahe is one of the many critically endangered species we saw at Zealandia.
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