Wellington New Zealand is the coolest little capital in the world

It’s no surprise to me because I used to live there, but Lonely Planet has made it official – Wellington is “the coolest little capital in the world”.  New Zealand’s harbour-side capital has been named as the fourth top city in the world to visit in 2011 by Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011.

Lonely Planet refers to Wellington under the banner of “coolest little capital in the world”.  The abundance of arts and cultural events, the culinary and film scene, the city’s attitude to sport and proximity to nature are among the things that make Wellington stand out, according to Lonely Planet.

Wellington is New Zealand’s creative as well as capital city – a vibrant inner city mix of lively cafés and restaurants, boutique shopping, heritage buildings, museums and galleries, and entertainment venues, all a few steps in any direction.  

Nestled between harbour and hills, the city also boasts a world famous wildlife sanctuary, easy access to outdoor activities and an enthusiastic sporting culture.  Mind you, Wellington has to be the world’s windiest city as it blows with quite some ferocity at times, but there is no denying that Wellington is a beautiful city, and also a great party city, with heaps of clubs, pubs, bars and restaurants.

Other cities to make the list are New York City (1), Tangier (2), Tel Aviv (3), Valencia (5), Iquitos (6), Ghent (7), Delhi (8), Newcastle (9), and Chiang Mai (10).

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