There are some cities around the world which can be only described as 'dull'. That certainly doesn't apply to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. On a recent visit, Jason wasn't surprised to learn that it came in at number four on Lonely Planet's 2011 list of the Top Ten Places To Visit.
Wellington has gone through a renaissance in recent years and there's plenty to see and do.
The wonderfully named Ohtel is a designer, boutique property in the seaside neighbourhood of Oriental Bay.
There are only 10 rooms in the 4.5 star property which is adjacent to Wellington's entertainment precinct. Studio and deluxe rooms, suites and the lobby are adorned with treasures collected by owner Alan Blundell. From chairs to ceramics, tables to clocks, guests are delighted by the touches and being surrounded by such beautiful reminders of the 1950s and 60s.
Bathrooms are a real focal point. Large expanses of glass reveal two-person baths, oversized showers and fine, natural toiletries. Theatres, restaurants and clubs are a stone's throw away.
One special place to visit is The Library, described as lounge/bar, reading room, live music, sweets and treats. Unwind with alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, beer, wine, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. They also have a wonderful range of cheeses and sweet and savoury delights.
Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.
Ohtel studio rooms start at $195 and deluxe rooms from $235.
The Library cocktails start at around $10. It's open from Monday to Thursday at 5pm, Friday at 4pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm until late.
Prices correct at November 26, 2011.
Air New Zealand has one-way flights to Wellington from:
- Sydney $229
- Brisbane $239
- Melbourne $258
- Adelaide $297
- Perth $490
Flights are seat only. Travel periods and conditions apply.
For further information
Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476
66 Oriental Parade
New Zealand, 6011
Ph: 64 4 803 0600
53 Courtenay Place
Ph: 64 4 382 8593
Visa: Australian citizens do not require a visa to enter New Zealand.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz using the same plugs as in Australia.
Time zone: GMT +1.
Currency: The New Zealand dollar.
Telephone code: +64.
It is recommended travellers see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there may be specific vaccinations recommended for areas you will be visiting. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended. For further information, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au and www.welltogo.com.au.