Wellington is the political, cultural, art, music, fashion and coffee capital of New Zealand and in my opinion, the nicest city I have been to anywhere in the world. The city is filled with cafes, museums, street art, sculptures, restaurants of all cuisines, music venues and beautiful architecture.
Te Papa is ranked as being amongst the top Museums in the world, having several floors stocked with a great variation of exhibits. At present, the building is home to the Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War exhibit, commissioned and created by Peter Jackson (the director of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Trilogies). This is one of the most incredible exhibits I have had the pleasure of seeing, featuring giant, extremely lifelike wax replicas of soldiers fighting in Gallipoli. The exhibit features several fantastic interactive elements too and is highly immersive. Also included in the gallery is a great introduction into Maori history and culture.
If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit trilogy, District 9, King Kong, Kingdom of Heaven, World of Warcraft, or any movie worked on by Weta Workshop, then this is a must visit location. Not only will you see life-sized replicas of famous characters on site, you will actually be given a tour of the active workshop where movies are currently being worked on. You will get to handle and try on props from various movies and learn about what went on behind the scenes. For those who are Halo fans, you will get to see the world only working Warthog in the world.
Wellington is full of street art, statues and galleries. Being referred to as the cultural capital of the country, it has proudly taken on the role. Wherever you go in the city center you will find fantastic pieces, alleyways are worth exploring to find hidden gems.
Wellington Zoo is small and in one of the cities suburbs, but is a fantastic way to spend the afternoon. While the zoo is small, they have a great spread of animals and they are kept in better conditions than many of the zoos I have visited.