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Wonderful windy Wellington, scenic capital of New Zealand and "City of a Thousand Views," lies perched on the edge of Cook Strait in the southwest corner of the North Island. The city spills up and down bush-covered hills along the large sparkling bay of Port Nicholson. Colorful, cosmopolitan, exciting – Wellington is fun to explore whether you thrive in the great outdoors or in cozy little seaside cafes. Soft sandy beaches, sheltered coves, rocky outcrops and boat-filled marinas line Wellington Harbor where the water is always a bright blue dotted with multicolored sails. Imposing Parliament buildings, old and new, and modern skyscrapers dominate Wellington’s center, in contrast with historic pioneer homes and elegant mansions that line the steep and narrow streets of the older suburbs. Scattered throughout the city are flower-filled gardens and shady parks that provide a quiet escape from the continuous hum and bustle of the busy commercial center.

Wellington’s weather can best be described as "changeable." On just about any day of the year you can get bright sunshine, a sudden downpour, fog, and almost always wind. The wind, which howls through Cook Strait, batters the city with everything from sea breezes (most days) to Antarctic gales (not too often), but no matter what the weather there’s always a scenic viewpoint, sandy beach, exotic restaurant or snug reading nook to be found. Take a windbreaker, raincoat and umbrella, and you’ll be ready to tackle Wellington’s sights and elements.

The small city block that makes up the Civic Center is the first place to go for sightseeing information and several inner city attractions. The Public Relations Office, NZTP Travel Office, and Central Library are located here off Victoria Street. Walk around the corner where you’ll find the Circa Theatre and Golden Bay Planetarium. Completing the block, walk back to Victoria St. and into the City Art Gallery. Get brochures and a good city map from the PRO, then walk along Mercer St. toward the waterfront. Rotary Garden Court’s fountain and small covered tropical garden is a quiet place to study your map and get your bearings, or continue along Mercer St. to Jervois Quay (pronounced "key") and cross the road into St. Kitts Park – a peaceful retreat with good harbor views and in summer the site of an outdoor artists’ market.

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