City of Wellington, New Zealand
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  • The cost is 2.50 NZ dollars (1.50 US dollars) within one zone
  • And two, they are not compatible with other cities e-cards, for example Auckland Hop card
  • The price of one portion food starts from 12 NZ dollars
  • One that I can remember doing this is Guangzhou restaurant
  • Hope to be able to visit again in the future


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    Do you know the southernmost capital in the world? Correct, the answer is Wellington in New Zealand. Last March I had an opportunity to visit this city. This capital of New Zealand is a beautiful small town. Along the way from the airport to city centre, you will enjoy panoramic scenery, the beach on your right side and houses on hilly landscape on your left side.

    Because the city is small, it has not many to offer. Three full days are sufficient to explore the tourist spots. I visited Beehive and government buildings, Old bank shopping arcade, Te Papa Museum, the famous Cuba Street, and rode cable car, all in two days. On the third day I prepared to move to another town. Should you leave Wellington in the evening, then you can visit two or three more tourist spots those I did not do. The best of them are all free of charge. Among them the one I did not like the most is Te Papa Museum, because the artefacts did not interest me, the interior of the building is well laid out though.

    City buses seem the only option for you to get around. The cost is 2.50 NZ dollars (1.50 US dollars) within one zone. The good thing is that all tourist spots are within zone 1. If you want to purchase a snapper card, which is contactless electronic ticketing card used to pay for bus fares then think twice, because of two reasons. One, they are not worth for less than 10 trips. And two, they are not compatible with other cities e-cards, for example Auckland Hop card. Moreover, many tourist spots can be reached by foot.

    Do not make any transaction in a money changer within the airport, because of two reasons. One, the rate is worse. And two, they charge a commission fee. There are a number of money changers in the city centre offering better rate. If you do not have any NZ dollars with you when arriving in Wellington airport, then exchange some money only for transportation to the city centre which is 12 NZ dollars by bus or 10 NZ dollars by airport shuttle (van).

    As for the food, Wellington has a famous Capital Market in Willis Street. There are many food stalls, mainly Asian, such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, and some non-Asian food stalls such as Mexican. The price of one portion food starts from 12 NZ dollars. But one or two food stalls have a good promotion. They charge only 7 NZ dollars for any two kinds of food, and 9 NZ dollars for any three of them. One that I can remember doing this is Guangzhou restaurant. Potato chips in Mexican store costed me 5 NZ dollars. Western and some more Asian restaurants can be found along Manners Street from Victoria Street to Cuba Street, and along Cuba Street.

  • City of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Airport shuttle, shared ride van. It is the cheapest way to get to city centre. You will be grouped with other passengers headed in the same direction within the same timeframe. Just use this service if you are not in a hurry. I had waited for it for 20 minutes or a little more.

  • City of Wellington, New Zealand
  • For complete time table, bus route and fare, please consult https://www.metlink.org.nz/

  • City of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington has good direction signs for pedestrians. Apart from name of places, it also shows the time it takes a pedestrian to reach those places.

  • City of Wellington, New Zealand
  • In many public places, both English and Maori language are used. Even they have Maori version for the name of cities in New Zealand. Wellington, for example, is written as Te Whanganui-a-Tara in Maori language.

  • City of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Capital Market is the best place for hunting low cost but delicious Asian foods. No extra charge for the lunch box if you put an order to take away.

    I think that Wellington is a very nice city. Hope to be able to visit again in the future. It is a pity that I used only two full days of my three day stay in this city.



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