With warm, peaceful islands in the north, majestic, rugged mountains in the south, and any number of variations in between, New Zealand is a country not quite like any other. The nation is comprised of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, as well as several smaller islands, all of which are home to singular wildlife, varied cultures, and friendly people. The striking landscapes that have inspired filmmakers have also captured the imaginations of tourist, backpackers, adventure seekers, and students.
Surrounded by rolling, green hills and a beautiful harbor, Wellington brings together the upbeat atmosphere of a large city and the stunning scenery of New Zealand’s North Island. Only a short distance from biking trails, hiking tracks, and vineyards, the city is also home to numerous fine dining venues and boutique shops. Wellington offers several museums, the most famous of which is the Te Papa Tongarewa, a museum that celebrates New Zealand’s history and culture through interactive, innovative exhibits.