by Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 December 2012

Lost At E Minor had the chance last week to re-visit Wellington (nb… the two founders of the site are originally from Wellington), the picturesque capital of New Zealand, and as more people are finding out, it’s not exactly one of those stuffy, pretentious capitals full of cold monuments. No. It’s far cooler than that.

Wellington is set on a beautiful deep-water harbour with a hilly countryside into which the city is embedded. While it’s known for being a little breezy (understatement), we had a bout of stunning summer weather, blue skies and warm days on our visit there.

In recent years, Wellington has become a hub for arts, culture (with Peter Jackson filming the Lord of the Rings movie fable around the city, and more recently, the three-part epic Hobbit series), and live music.

We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Jackson’s new production by touring ‘Wellywood’ and the award-winning Weta Workshops, where Jackson’s movies literally come to life.

Wellington also has more cafes per head of population than New York City. We did our best to discover the best of them (and all that caffeine came in very handy when navigating the many hills in the city). We toured scenic Mount Victoria, explored the very cool, chic and eclectic Cuba St, visited the stunning Te Papa museum, traversed Oriental Bay, and much more.

Stay tuned for more updates from our Wellington trip over the next few weeks.

Buildings in Cuba Street, Wellington