The Coolest Little Capital in the World

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Wellington is the political capital of New Zealand. But more than that, it’s the nation’s creative capital, the culinary capital, the film capital, and – according to Lonely Planet – simply the “coolest little capital in the world.” Have you ever visited? Our local Wellington guide (and former Orc) Robbie is here today to tell us why you should.

We may not have the bright lights of New York, the glitz of Hollywood, or the glamour of Cannes, but Wellington is a World Movie Capital. Wander down the street and anyone you meet could have been in the movies. Any random person, say for example ... me. As a Rohan soldier, an Elf, Uruk-Hai, Orc and more, I could tell you any number of stories of what it was like on-set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But Wellington offers so much more, and that is also what I want to share with you.

I grew up in Wellington and I love this city. Situated on a stunning natural harbour, this beautiful, compact, easy-to-walk-around city is home to the iconic Cable Car, the Botanical Gardens, and Mt Victoria with its 360˚ views. Take a leisurely stroll along the Waterfront, visit the impressive Te Papa Museum, relax in one of the many cafes that locals enjoy. Or, if you want to get away from it all, come for a short drive around the Bays, up the Coast, or to the Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Wellington is the southern-most Capital in the world and no visit would be complete without a visit to the 'Beehive' - our unique Parliament Building. Visit also Civic Square with its breath-taking Ferns sculpture, suspended overhead. Come for a walk down Cuba Mall, with the Bucket Fountain and an amazing variety of people and shops.

But for those of you who love the Tolkein movies, or just want to go behind-the-scenes of one of the great film Special-FX teams, take a tour of the Weta Workshops, or come with me to some of the top locations where we filmed Lord of the Rings. On a short tour we could visit the famous "Get off the road!" scene and, on a longer tour, to Rivendell and the River Anduin.

As a proud Wellingtonian, and as a fortunate Lord of the Rings extra, I would love to show you around my beautiful home. As for those behind-the-scenes stories, well, they'll have to wait until I see you here!

Thanks Robbie! Anyone planning a trip to Wellington can start a conversation about city attractions, private tour options and even hobbits with Robbie via his guide profile page, right here.
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