If you think that Wellington is going to be a polluted, over populated nightmare, where you won't see a blade of grass, then be prepared for a surprise! Even though its New Zealand's capital, rest assured that only a few minutes from the center you'll find yourself in another world, without actually having to leave the city limits. Welcome to New Zealand
Nicknamed Windy Welly by locals, Welllington's stunning scenery is a striking must-see during a trip to New Zealand. Its focal point is the bay, which is scattered with islands.
Most people don't realise that the islands are easily accessible, making for a great day out, away from the hustle and bustle, with only a few sheep and some local wildlife for company.
Matiu and Somes Islands are heavenly and with a bit luck you'll spot some little Blue Penguins and iguanas. Don't be afraid to ask the locals for the best places to see them, they'll be happy to help!
And whilst you're there, I suggest you visit the exhibitions, the little cemetery and take in the stunning view from the lighthouse! However, don't be surprised if your shoes are inspected! The island is predator-free so they may well check your footwear for insects and larvae. Finally, if you're not in a hurry to leave and you fancy night under the stars on the islands, then it's possible to stay over. You can camp out or hire a cottage - the choice is yours; there's something for all budgets that can cater for groups of any size!
If you enjoy walking, then Wellington has a great trail that's not far away and runs along the coast. So if its local wildlife you're after, then head straight to Island Bay! At 20 minutes by bus from the town centre, this stunning trail will throw you into an untouched, natural landscape; you'll find yourself surrounded by an untamed wilderness, typically found during any trip to New Zealand!
It's amazing to think that you can stumble across dozens of seals taking a nap, only a few minutes from the centre of an Oceanian capital city! Island Bay is a blend of ochre-coloured rocks, huge cliffs and rough seas. The trail that follows the coast is easy to do, so great for a family walk. There are hardly any cars, so it's a safe place for kids to run around. You just need to be careful when you reach the seals and seal lions, as they're big and can be aggressive if they feel threatened.
Wellington has a host of places where you can explore New Zealand's countryside, without having to go too far out of town and Island Bay is probably the best of them all!