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Wellington is a friendly, cosmopolitan city known for its vibrant creative culture, natural beauty, and great coffee, food, and craft beer. It’s been named Lonely Planet’s ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’, and was the first capital city in the southern hemisphere to gain Fair Trade status. It is home to the the country’s major arts institutions such as the Royal New Zealand Ballet, NZ Symphony Orchestra, the National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library, and the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. A short bus ride from the city centre, you can also visit the world-leading Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, selected by UK broadsheet The Guardian as one of the top 75 green tourism companies in the world.
Wellington offers numerous outdoor activities, from city beaches and parks to bush walks, mountain biking, and harbour kayaking. It’s an ideal place to spend a few days on a family holiday or to use as a base for onward travel to South Island.
To find out more about things to see and do, visit the Discover Wellington website.
Wellington is a compact, walkable city. The conference venue is an easy walk to a wide range of accommodation, from backpacker hostels to 5-star hotels, as well as to a wide selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars. For those who wish to self-cater, there are also three supermarkets and a range of smaller convenience stores in the CBD area. If you wish to explore further afield, Wellington has an excellent bus network with frequent services.
What to bring and what to expect
The conference takes place in February, which is mid-summer in New Zealand. Wellington has a mild climate and the temperatures are likely to be in the low to mid- 20sC (68-77F). Because of its exposed coastal location, there is always the chance of cool, wet, or windy days so a light waterproof jacket is a must. A pair of good walking shoes is advisable, too.
More information about the venue, Wellington events, and getting around the city will be posted here as the conference draws closer.