Nestled between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range in North Island's southwestern tip in New Zealand is the country's capital and second largest city - Wellington. The city holds the distinction of being the most southerly capital in the world. In 2012, Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington as the 13th most livable city in the world.

5 things to do in Wellington

Nestled between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range in North Island's southwestern tip in New Zealand is the country's capital and second largest city - Wellington. The city holds the distinction of being the most southerly capital in the world. In 2012, Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington as the 13th most livable city in the world.

Thus said, the city is a tourist magnet, with the sector contributing about US$1.3 billion to the city's exchequer. Whether you are traveling to the city for business or leisure, you are well advised to try out the following activities.

1. A peep into the past at Te Papa - Visit the National Museum of New Zealand, also popularly known as Te Papa for the historical perspective of New Zealand ranging from geological, biological, cultural and social aspects of the country.

2. Climb Mount Victoria - At the peak of this mountain, you will get a 360 degrees view of the city and the harbor. You can enjoy the view of the airplanes landing and taking off from the Wellington International Airport.

3. Ride the Cable Car - The Cable Car Museum, the city's Botanical Garden and Carter Observatory are some of the destinations along the cable car route. If you are a photography buff, then you cannot have a better view of Wellington than on the cable car...click away at whatever that catches your fancy.

4. Sample the New Zealand Culinary Delights - Wellington has many bars and restaurants per capita than New York. The fact that the city is surrounded by fertile farmland means that the restaurants will get fresh produce from the farms every morning. This takes the culinary exploits of the city to the next level. Oh...and for those who love coffee, Wellington coffee is legendary.

5. Zealandia sanctuary in Karori - If you do not visit any other destination, make sure you get to this one. Set around a picture perfect reservoir and boasting abundance of wildlife, this sanctuary is one of the few remaining phenomenon that predates humans. It will take you back in history when animals such as dinosaurs and giant geckos roamed the land. You are likely to encounter the kākā (forest parrot), tuatara (a descendant of the dinosaurs), saddleback, hihi, geckos and much more endemic wildlife.

All this features are within a 70 miles radius from the Wellington Central Business District. If not for anything else, visit Wellington for the warm hospitality of the New Zealanders. They know they are the last southern frontier of human settlement and thus treat every visitor like royalty. Travel safely!

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