The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET WELLINGTON -

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

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