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Wellington, North Island
New Zealand

Wellington, North Island, New Zealand.
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Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, has so much to offer. The city is the country's second largest urban area and is located at the southern tip of the North Island. To the north of the city stretch the golden beaches of the Kapiti Coast and to the east, the Rimutaka Range divides Wellington from the broad plains of the Wairarapa, a wine region of international acclaim. Because of its location on the ‘roaring forties’ latitude and its exposure to winds blowing through the Cook Strait, the locals call the city "Windy Wellington".

Wellington has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes for the gay and lesbian traveller. Ranging from gay and lesbian owned and gay friendly hostels, homestays, boutique bed and breakfast and guesthouses to gay friendly international 5 star hotels. It's a good idea to book at least your first two nights of accommodation in advance, especially during the busy summer period in Wellington - from December to February.

With the second largest gay and lesbian population in the country, Wellington's vibrant gay and lesbian community blends in within the arts, restaurant and theatre community. Most of Wellington's nightlife is centred around Manners St, Cuba St and Courtenay Place. The majority of bars and clubs are gay friendly.

Part of Wellington’s charm is its close proximity to nature. The central city is nestled between a beautiful harbor and rolling, forested hills. Wildlife sanctuaries, islands, seaside villages, ocean beaches and regional parks provide huge scope for outdoor fun. The city is also New Zealand’s art and culture capital. A special blend of heritage buildings, museums and galleries, fine food and live entertainment make this city a great place to visit any time of the year.

Many visitors choose to base themselves in the inner city, where it’s easy to walk to boutique shops, art galleries, trendy cafés and restaurants. Dominating the spectacular waterfront is Te Papa Tongrewa, the interactive, innovative museum that is one of New Zealand’s key cultural attractions.

Perhaps the best way to discover the essence of Wellington is on foot. There are a number of tours around the main highlights of the region, or alternatively it is easy to get around with a car and a map.

Civic Square is Wellington's new physical heart. It is architecturally stunning, tastefully combining historic and new buildings with an unusually designed bridge linking the city to the sea and Frank Kitts Park.
The square also includes the Wellington Festival and Convention Centre, the City Gallery, the Wellington Public Library, three excellent cafes and modern council administration buildings.

The central city, with hundreds of houses clinging aesthetically to the hills, is famous for its cable cars. There are approximately 50 private cable cars, and these are the only way residents can reach their homes. The one public cable car runs from the centre of the commercial area in Lambton Quay, past Victoria University and up to the top of The Botanic Garden where there is a stunning view looking out over the city.

At the bottom of The Botanic Garden is Tinakori Road, a charming historic street lined with restored wooden houses with even quainter side streets and a cluster of quality shops, restaurants and cafés. Close by in Mulgrave Street is Old St Paul's Cathedral, a superb example of an 1866 Gothic church. Further down the street is the National Archives, where the original Treaty of Waitangi and other founding documents are carefully housed and on view.

Being the home of New Zealand government, a visit to The Beehive and the debating chamber is a must for those who hanker to walk in the corridors of power.

Afterwards, have a drink or a meal
in the Backbencher pub across the road where politicians frequently d

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