HOORAY FOR WELLYWOOD
It has the film scene of LA and the coffee scene of Portland, Oregon, yet “Wellywood” is just a three-hour flight across the ditch from Australia’s east coast, making it possible to visit in a weekend. Anna Calver from Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency says Australians love Wellington for an easy city break.
“You can basically just turn up in Wellington, she says. “You don’t need a car and you don’t need a plan, there’s plenty to discover and a lot of it can be done on foot so I think that really does appeal to Australians.”
Heralded as New Zealand’s creative and culinary capital, Wellington has more than 55 museums and art galleries and they are just the crema on your single-origin long black.
“We’ve got a very vibrant indie music scene, lots of theatre, lots of festivals, so I guess if you’re a culture lover there’s always something interesting going on here,” Calver says. “You won’t find lots of restaurants with white tablecloths but you will find really interesting chefs and restaurants doing things a little bit differently. And we take our coffee very, very seriously.” Dive into a Welly weekend with these hotel options. CELESTE MITCHELL