New Zealand: Wellington

A brief stop in Wellington and perfect weather calls for a bit of exploration. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, not Auckland (it’s actually the world’s southernmost capital). The city enjoys a beautiful location along coastal hills on the southern end of the North Island of New Zealand, with a concentrated core of downtown skyscrapers and glass towers and a long wharf full of restaurants. A century-old cable car takes you up the Killburn mountain for a panorama of the whole city and a good starting point for exploring Wellington. The Beehive government building, Parliament, Wellington Cathedral, Victoria University, Wellington Museum, and NZ Academy of Arts – are some of the architectural attractions, while the wharf is full of old wooden shed buildings, now all converted into seafood restaurants serving Marlboro Sound sauvenion blanc whine and green lip mussels.